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The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide To The Different Types Of Windows 

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There are so many different window styles on the market that sometimes the choice might seem overwhelming. 

From sash and casement, to aluminium and uPVC – the options seem endless. 

With each window type having its own individual features and benefits, it’s important to choose the one that will match your specific requirements and preferences.

How to make sure you choose the right one then? Not to worry, we are at hand to walk you through it!

Our team has comprised an ultimate buyer’s guide to the different window types to help you choose the right window for you. 

The windows featured include:

 

  • Casement windows 
  • Sash windows 
  • Tilt and turn windows 
  • Georgian windows 

 

The different types of windows

 

  • Casement windows 

You’ve most likely come across casement windows, even if you haven’t known it.

Casement windows are the most commonly used window style, featured in modern and older properties. 

Opening in a similar fashion to a door, they are  attached by one or two hinges. With their versatile style, casement windows won’t look out of place in most homes. 

Those windows  are not only popular because of their appearance, but they are also extremely practical, with strong security and energy-efficiency advantages. 

 

  • Sash windows 

The sash window has been a feature in homes since the Georgian period, however it is very much used today. 

Unlike casement windows, sash windows don’t open on a hinge but instead, they are usually made up of one or two sashes that slide vertically, or occasionally horizontally. 

Why choose a sash window? Sash windows offer a traditional aesthetic that is charming and elegant. 

 

  • Tilt and turn windows 

Tilt and turn windows have become a popular option when people choose to replace their current windows. 

Tilt and turn windows are focused on versatility and convenience, which is why they are able to be opened in two different ways.

They can either tilt inwards from the top or can be opened fully when swung open, depending on how you want to open them. 

Similar in appearance to casement windows, tilt and turn windows adopt a contemporary look. 

 

  • Georgian windows

 Georgian windows are an iconic window style, which is still popular today. 

Georgian windows feature bars that run across the windowpane, dividing the glass into individual panes. 

Georgian windows have a distinctive look that creates a traditional aesthetic.

There are various different window choices that intend to replicate the Georgian demeanor, whilst adopting modern technologies. 

 

Find the right window for your home 

 

Whether you live in a period property or a modern home, choosing the right window style for your home is crucial. 

At Humberside Glazing, we have over 20 years of window experience to draw from. 

Whatever your window problem, we have the solution. 

We are focused on delivering a quality service for all our customers. 

For more information or advice on which window style is right for your home, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.

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Best Windows For Noise Reduction

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Maybe you work nights and it’s important that you get undisturbed sleep, or perhaps you live next to a busy main road. 

Whatever your reason, everyone should be entitled to peace and quiet in their own home, right? 

Tell the outside world that. 

But what impact can your windows have on protecting your home from unwanted noise entering your home? 

Our team has compiled a list of the best windows at reducing outside noise.

 

Double Glazing 

 

If you’re looking to insulate your home from noise, double glazing can offer your home good protection from noise. 

When it comes to soundproofing windows, thicker is better. So, the thicker the two panes of glass used the more protection from noise you will receive.

It is usually the rule that the larger the gap between the two panes of glass, the better the sound insulation. 

Therefore, if your home currently has single glazed windows, upgrading to double glazed windows is likely to help reduce outside noise inside your home.

 

 

Triple Glazing

 

Triple glazing has a slight advantage over double glazing at reducing noise pollution. 

Where double glazing uses 2 panes of glass, triple glazing has 3 panes of glass. As a result of this extra pane, triple glazed windows can offer even further protection from outside noise.

 

 

Acoustic Glass

 

Designed with noise reduction in mind, acoustic glass offers a considerable difference in sound insulation compared to other windows. 

Acoustic glass is made up of laminated glass, a bonded inermal layer and two or more panes of glass that dampens sound and vibrations. 

Sound insulation can be increased depending on the noise reduction needed, by varying the thickness of the panes of glass or adding additional layers of glass. 

 

 

Installing a new window

 

Whether it’s for noise reduction purposes or for general home improvement, when installing a new window it is vital to choose a trusted window installer. 

At Humberside Glazing, we are specialists in providing a high-quality glazing service. With over 20 years of experience, we have built a reputation you can depend upon. 

If you are looking to improve your noise reduction, get in touch and see what we can achieve for you. 

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3 Ways to Add Value to Your Home in Scunthorpe

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If you’re looking to sell your property, you naturally want to get the best price that you can.

There are lots of ways to add value to your property, but many of those come at a great cost to yourself, which you won’t recoup until your property sells.

But there are a number of ways you can add value to your Scunthorpe home, without investing too much money. 

Redecorate and repair 

Paintwork and wallpaper fade slowly over time, so you may be used to it looking the way it does and not have really noticed that it could do with a lick of paint.

Redecorating your house can give it a much needed lift, without costing too much.

Bright, neutral colours are best, as this gives a blank canvas for your prospective buyer to use their own imagination when viewing your property. 

Similarly, there are a number of minor repairs you can carry out for relatively little cost. Sticking doors, leaky taps and wobbly shelves are all things that can put off a prospective buyer. However, these can all be fixed at a low cost and in an afternoon. 

Brighten and declutter 

A dark, cluttered room is a real turnoff for potential buyers so make sure all your unused clutter is stored away, keeping each room neat, tidy and spacious.

Additionally, your rooms can be brightened by ensuring curtains and blinds are fully opened and windows are freshly cleaned. You should also make sure your bulbs are all bright, energy saving bulbs and that any lamp shades used are not blocking out too much light.  

Bi-fold doors or French doors can also be installed at relatively low cost and these can really open out your space and create a bright, airy feel in your home. 

Put unused rooms to use 

If you have a spare room that’s currently housing your cross trainer that you never use as well as your last five years’ summer wardrobe, make sure this room gets a bit of TLC.

Tidy away clutter and create an additional space.

Either dress it up as an additional bedroom with a spare bed or futon and add some cheap but attractive furniture to finish the look. 

At Humberside Glazing, we have worked with homeowners all across Scunthorpe on upgrading their homes to add value, helping them sell their property for a higher price in the years to come, whilst equally making it a more attractive property on the whole.

Whether it be a new window or door, or even just some repairs to existing windows or doors to bring them up to scratch, our team are able to help with your home improvement needs. Get in touch with us to see how we can help.

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Painting uPVC Windows

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New uPVC windows are the perfect way to give your home a facelift.

While you may want to give your home a new look, you may not yet be ready to invest in new double glazed windows, perhaps because your existing windows are still reasonably new, or you’ve moved into a home where the windows are not quite right. This might lead to you asking the question:

Can I paint uPVC frames?

The short answer to this is, yes you can, but there are lots to consider before you attempt it and it isn’t a task that should be entered into lightly.

uPVC isn’t designed to be painted and you will have a hard time trying to get the paint to adhere to the surface. Heat expansion will also be an issue so any paint used would have to have the same elastic properties as uPVC to avoid cracking and flaking. 

Some other considerations include: 

  • Never paint on uPVC which is less than 12 months old as the resins used in the manufacturing process will prevent the paint from binding to the surface. 
  • South facing windows will need to withstand a lot of UV radiation and the paint may become sun bleached over time. 
  • Painting your windows may void your warranty. 
  • It is almost impossible to hand paint on uPVC without leaving brush marks in the finish, so you need to be sure that you’re happy with that look. 

How to paint on uPVC 

If you’re resolved and still wish to go ahead, it is important that you do it correctly for best results. Before you start, degrease and clean the surfaces to ensure there are no substances which would impede paint adhesion. 

Then lightly sand the surface, taking sure not to use too coarse a sandpaper or too much pressure as this will create scratches that show up through the paintwork. Remove all the dust and then apply a coat of specialist uPVC primer. This may require several coats to be effective and will need to be left to cure between each coat. 

When applying the topcoat, use a polyurethane paint that will have the expansion properties required to reduce cracking. You should also use a good quality brush to avoid leaving any brush hairs trapped in the paint. 

Once finished, keep children and pets away from the paint until it has dried. 

It might also be a good idea to start with a small, less visible window, for instance on a downstairs toilet or possibly a garage window, to ensure you’re happy with the finish and the technique you need to use before moving on to the rest of the house. 

Consider new windows 

If you really want to give your home a new look, new windows may still be your best bet. Humberside glazing provide a wide range of windows in different finishes and styles to suit all homes and budgets. If you’re in the Scunthorpe area, you can get a free online window quote from us at Humberside Glazing.

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Energy Efficient Windows: What you need to know

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Double glazed windows offer a myriad of benefits to your home. With a range of styles and finishes available, you can get a great new look for your property, while also enjoying the benefit of increased security and soundproofing. But perhaps the biggest benefit to investing in new windows, is the improved energy efficiency they offer.

Double glazing has long been known for its improved energy performance and with new developments in manufacturing and design, they are more energy efficient than ever before. But how do they work? And what are the benefits for you and your home? Humber windows are here to explain.

Window energy efficiency ratings 

Windows are rated according to a scale developed by the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC).

This provides you with an at-a-glance view of how efficient your windows are. Windows are measured against three core criteria: How well they capture warmth from the sunlight; how much heat is lost through air loss, and how much heat is lost through conduction.

The highest performing windows are rated A++, which are the most energy efficient windows, with the lowest scoring E, representing the least energy efficient.

How do energy efficient windows work? 

Windows and doors are the main areas where heat is lost from your home. Heat escapes in two ways. The first is through conduction.

Simply put, the warm air inside your home and the cool air outside will naturally try to balance out in temperature; the air in your home will lose its heat as it warms the air outside your home. The addition of a second or third layer of glass creates a greater barrier to heat loss, with more material between the warm air inside and cool air outside.

In addition, the heat from your home will warm the air or gas between the two panes of glass before the air outside, effectively trapping it inside your home. Cavities built within the frames work in a similar way, trapping a warm layer of air inside, thereby keeping it in your home. 

The second way heat is lost is through air loss. Gaps between the windowpane and frame are eliminated with air tight seals that prevent heat being lost from your home in this way. 

In addition, Low-Emissivity (Low E) glass is manufactured with a microscopic coating on the inner pane of glass. This allows the sunlight to enter your home while reflecting its heat back into the interior, thereby maximising the amount of heat entering your home. 

New windows are a fantastic addition for your home.

Not only do they look amazing, but they can also create a more comfortable environment in your home while also reducing your energy bills and carbon footprint. If you own a home in the Scunthorpe area and are looking to replace your windows, see how much a new window could cost with our online window quote tool.

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Top Five Things to do in Scunthorpe

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At Humberside Windows, we’re proud to be a key part of the town of Scunthorpe.

Having traded here for over twenty years, we’ve seen a lot of what the town has to offer.

A popular seaside destination for day-trippers and holiday makers alike, Scunthorpe offers plenty to see and do for families and tourists. 

If you’re new to the area or, even if you’re a long-term local looking for something new to do, here are our top five things to do in the area. 

Wacky Warehouse 

Parents of young children, particularly very young children, will know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained, and how draining that can be on a day out! Wacky Warehouse is an indoor soft play area with activities for young children, as well as a café and restaurant, so whatever the weather, you can let your little ones run off some of their energy while you enjoy a coffee or get a bite to eat as a family. 

Messingham Zoo 

Just a short drive away in nearby Messingham, Messingham Zoo offers you the chance to get up close and personal with a whole range of furry critters. From farmyard animals to more exotic creatures like the ever popular meercats and wallabies. 

North Lincolnshire Museum 

With a wide range of exhibits and interactive displays as well as crafts and activities throughout the year, the North Lincolnshire Museum offers the chance to get hands on while learning about life in Lincolnshire throughout the ages. 

Visual Arts Centre

The Visual Arts Centre offers fascinating displays of arts combining multiple different media. Throughout the year, they run a diverse programme of creative exhibitions, activities and events so there’s always something new to see and do. 

The Plowright Theatre 

For an evening of light entertainment, the Plowright Theatre offers a diverse programme of concerts and events. There’s also something different on so it’s worth checking the programme to see what’s coming up. 

These are just a few of our favourite activities within the area, but Scunthorpe has so much to offer its visitors. Humberside Windows love being a part of this town and if you’re new to the area, we are happy to welcome you to Scunthorpe.

If you’re new to the area, you may also be looking at upgrading your windows, and we’d be more than happy to help with that too. Contact us today to find out what we can offer you.

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Maintenance: How to Clean Double Glazed Windows

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Double glazing has so many benefits: it improves energy efficiency and soundproofing inside your home, not to mention the fact that they look fantastic.

But that great new look can start to deteriorate over time if your windows are not properly cared for.

Luckily, uPVC windows are also famously easy to maintain, and with a little regular care and attention, you can keep your windows looking shiny and new for years. 

Equipment

As with anything, it’s important that you use the right equipment for cleaning your windows. fortunately, the materials you need to clean uPVC windows are incredibly simple. There’s no special solution or miracle cloth that will get your glass looking clean and clear, all you need is the following: 

  • Warm, soapy water (you can also add a drop of vinegar to prevent streaks) 
  • Soft, non-fluffy and non-abrasive cloths or leather chamois
  • Squeegy or sponge
  • Window cleaning blades 

Cleaning the glass 

Cleaning the glass and leaving it streak-free is actually very simple (sorry window cleaners). Apply the soapy water to the glass using the squeegee. Then, with a fluid, ‘S’ shape motion, wipe away the water from the top of the glass to the bottom. With your cloth, wipe away any excess water that may have gathered around the seal before giving the glass a final wipe with another dry cloth. 

Cleaning the uPVC frames 

Regular cleaning of your window frames is essential to keeping them looking fresh and white. Luckily, as with the glass, this is also very simple. Warm, soapy water will do a perfectly good job here, but there are some specialist uPVC cleaning products available that will definitely give them a good finish. However, you should check the products very carefully as the wrong cleaning product may damage or discolour the plastic. 

First, clear away any dust from your frames; be sure to open the windows so you can into all the cracks. You can use a duster for this or the duster attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Then apply the warm soapy water to the frames. If you’re using a sponge, don’t use the scourer side as this could scratch the plastic; stubborn stains, such as bird droppings may require more than one application of the water. Wipe away the water with a cloth, then give it another wipe with a dry cloth before stepping back and enjoying your handiwork.  

And it’s just that simple! But whatever you do, don’t put it off, as the longer you leave it the harder it is to clean your windows, and the more likely your frames will be to become discoloured. So make sure you get out there regularly in order to keep your windows gleaming.

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Recycling Double Glazed Units – Where and How?

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If you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, you really can’t go wrong with double glazing. Double glazing will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency in the home. In most cases, they are also manufactured using sustainable processes and materials. So when it comes to replacing your windows, it’s important to remember to dispose of your old windows correctly and recycle as much as possible. 

Which windows can be recycled? 

If the windows you are replacing were installed in the 70s or sooner, it’s possible that they will contain lead paint. If this is the case, they will need to be disposed of according to strict regulations. Your window installer will be familiar with these, but it’s important that you check they are doing this correctly. 

On the other hand uPVC is a completely recyclable material, so if the windows you are disposing of are uPVC, you are in luck. The glass in your windows can also be recycled; however it is a little more complicated than recycling, say, a glass bottle. Different windows use different types of glass, each of which has its own chemical composition and separate melting point. The good news is, recycling your glass isn’t completely impossible. 

Recycling your old windows 

In order to effectively recycle your old windows, you’ll need to separate out the composite materials. Start by unscrewing the windows from their hinges and then removing the glass from the frames using a hammer and a chisel. 

Once you’ve separated the materials, contact your local council to determine your nearest building material reuse centre. They will also be able to advise you on what materials are likely to be accepted at the centre.

Once you have disposed of your old double-glazing, you then need to make sure you are replacing them with sustainably manufactured double-glazing units to ensure you keep up the good work in helping the environment.  

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Why Choose To Add Secondary Glazing To Your Home

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If you live in a listed property, or you find that double glazing it outside your budget, you may want to consider secondary glazing.

And while most people think it looks cheap and it’s not as good as double glazing, in this blog we aim to show you the reasons why secondary glazing might not be as bad as people think and why it could prove to be a solid investment.

Energy Efficiency

Once you install secondary glazing over your single glazed windows, you will instantly notice the benefits.

Especially through heat retention. Before, where hot air could escape through draughts and come straight into contact with cold air (due to only have one single window pane) heat could escape easier and there was an increased loss of energy in the home.

Once you install secondary glazing, you will see that heat will be increased throughout the home and retained much easier. You will even see your energy bills reduce on a monthly basis because you’ll find you’re not heating the house as often as you would’ve done previously.

All in all, energy efficiency will be increased quite substantially and you will notice the difference.

Noise Reduction

As with your heating constantly being on, you’re probably aware that there is no soundproofing through single glazed windows and that you can hear everything and anything.

This might not be too bad during the day, but at night when you’re wanting to sleep and you hear a lot of street noise or cars, it can prove to be frustrating.

Secondary glazing eliminates all of this, as the added window panel creates an extra barrier to prevent unwanted noise to get through.

Once you’ve installed secondary glazing you may even have the best nights’ sleep you’ve had in a long time.

Improved Security

If you’ve ever felt the glass of your single glazed windows, you can probably tell they’re quite flimsy and appear to be easily breakable.

You may even wonder how long they’ll last between weather conditions and accidents.

That’s why secondary glazing increases security to keep any unwanted intruders out and to make sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your home.

As well as some being encased in aluminium, these can easily deter burglars efforts, much more so than single glazed windows could.

Ready To Get Secondary Glazing?

We’ve briefly spoken about some of the benefits secondary glazing has to offer and while these are just some, the list is endless, from other benefits including eliminating draughts and how they’re suitable for listed buildings and not to mention how they’re more affordable than brand new double glazed windows. 

But if you’re ready to get secondary glazing into your home, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to advise and help you pick the right secondary glazing units that are right for you and your home.

We’ll then come out and fix them for you. 

So make sure you go over to our website and get a free quote to get an idea of how much it will cost to install secondary glazing into your home.

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Top industry trends for windows and doors 2020

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As the new year is in full swing, many of you may be thinking of giving your home a fresh look for the new decade. 

With many new trends appearing in 2019, we thought that we would take a look at the top industry trends appearing in 2020. 

In this article we cover the following trends: 

  • Glass extensions 
  • Aluminium windows 
  • Increased light 
  • Sliding doors 

Glass extensions

The demand for large windows saw a significant increase in 2019 with more people opting for large windows and doors to increase the amount of light in their living space. The demand for large windows and less frames is rapidly increasing in popularity among homeowners in 2019 and its showing no signs of slowing down. 

Aluminium windows

Another trend that made an entrance in 2020 was aluminium windows. Aluminium windows and doors have a sleek and modern style that can instantly change the appearance of any style of home.  This has been a trend through 2019 and is set to continue in 2020.   

Increased light 

The popularity for homeowners to increase the amount of natural light entering their home has escalated with more people opting for bi-fold and sliding doors. The popularity to create living spaces with captivating views has massively increased over the years, making large glass windows and doors a must have for 2020. 

Sliding doors  

Bi-fold doors seem to be a distant memory, with large sliding doors taking a strong lead with homeowners looking for a better way to increase light in their home. By offering much wider panes of glass than bi-fold doors, the large glass panels of a sliding door gives a sense of spaciousness and an increased sense of light.  

Buying window and doors from Humberside Glazing 

With over 20 years of experience, Humberside Glazing is a fully accredited company offering windows and doors to the people of North Lincolnshire. 

If you’re thinking of replacing your windows and doors this new year feel free to contact us to begin your journey with us today.