Get New Windows or Doors from the 2019 window recycle scheme.

Window recycle fee is available to homeowners across the UK. Receive up to £3000 recycle fee for your old windows and doors.

It takes less than 2 minutes to apply and find out how much of a recycle fee you will receive.

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How long does double glazing last?

The typical lifetime of double glazing is around 20 years, however this can vary from 10-35 years based on quality of materials, installation and where the windows are situated. Over time, the gas within the panes will gradually leak out. When around 25% of the gas has escaped, the thermal performance of the windows will be reduced and replacing the windows or installing a secondary glazing measure should be considered

Replacement windows and doors

There are no longer any Government-backed schemes directly relating to the replacement of windows and doors. There are however window recycle schemes available across England, Scotland and Wales.

The companies offering these schemes generate revenue from recycling the old plastic, glass & metal from your old Windows & Doors. The amount of recycled material determines the scrappage value, so the more items you replace, the bigger your discounts will be.

Recycle schemes aren't backed by the government, but they help to set trends for the industry, making products & prices more competitive. The smaller companies can sometimes offer you better and more up-to-date products & prices as they are more adaptable to changes in the market so it is always worth comparing a selection of different companies.

Replacing your Windows & Doors also has a large positive impact on the environment as your home will be more energy efficient. You can expect to save up to £2,800 per year on energy bills, giving you even more reasons to get up-to-date replacements.

Replacement windows and doors are often the first choice people make when it comes to staying warm and saving energy.

In addition to these obvious reasons for double or triple glazing, there are the added benefits of increased security, reduced noise, less condensation, fewer draughts, and not to forget the aesthetic benefit of smart new windows and doors.

Energy efficient glazing helps reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills, whether with double or secondary glazing.

 

Benefits of energy efficient windows include:

  • A more comfortable home - energy efficient glazing reduces heat loss through windows and means fewer draughts and cold spots.
  • Peace and quiet - not only do they keep the heat in, energy efficient windows insulate your home against external noise.
  • Reduced condensation - energy efficient glazing reduces condensation build up on the inside of windows.

 

Installing energy efficient glazing

Before installing double glazing, check if any of the following apply to your property:

  • You live in a conservation area.
  • You have an article 4 direction on your property, removing the right of permitted development.
  • You live in a listed building.

Most people have double glazing fitted by a professional. Some secondary glazing can be fitted by competent DIYers, but removing old windows and installing new ones should be carried out by a professional.

Window recycle fee is available to homeowners across the UK. Receive up to £2500 recycle fee for your old windows and doors.

Window materials

Energy efficient windows come in a range of frame materials and styles. Performance criteria vary according to how well they stop heat from passing through, how much sunlight travels through the glass and how little air can leak in or out around the window.

Glass

The most energy efficient type of glass for double glazing is low emissivity (Low-E) glass. This often has an invisible coating of metal oxide, normally on one of the internal panes.

It lets in light and heat, but cuts the amount of heat that can escape.

Gaps between the glass

Very efficient windows might have gases such as argon, xenon or krypton filled in the gap between the sheets of glass.

Pane spacers

These are set around the inside edges to keep the two panes of glass apart. For maximum efficiency, look for pane spacers containing little or no metal – often known as ‘warm edge’ spacers.

Frame materials

For all frame materials there are windows available in all energy ratings.

  • uPVC frames last a long time and may be recycled.
  • Wooden frames can have a lower environmental impact, but require maintenance. They are often used in conservation areas where the original windows had timber frames.
  • Aluminium or steel frames are slim and long-lasting, and can be recycled.
  • Composite frames have an inner timber frame covered with aluminium or plastic. This reduces the need for maintenance and keeps the frame weather-proof.

Some window manufacturers show the energy efficiency of their products using an energy-rating scale from A++ to E. The whole window (the frame and the glass) is assessed on its efficiency at retaining heat.

The scheme is run by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC).To choose the most energy efficient window, look for the BFRC rating.

U-values

Windows that have an energy rating will have the u-value of the window displayed on the energy label.

A u-value is a measure of how easily heat can pass through a material.

  • Materials that let out more heat have higher u-values.
  • Materials that let less heat pass through them have lower u-values.

In some cases, windows with a higher energy performance rating might have a higher u-value than windows with a better energy efficiency rating. This might seem the wrong way round as lower u-values indicate better insulation levels. However, in these cases it will be that there are other aspects of the window that make them better overall such as coating used on the glass and the gap between the glass panes.

Window recycle fee is available to homeowners across the UK. Receive up to £2500 recycle fee for your old windows and doors.

Understanding energy ratings

Some window manufacturers show the energy efficiency of their products using an energy-rating scale from A++ to E. The whole window (the frame and the glass) is assessed on its efficiency at retaining heat.

The scheme is run by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC).To choose the most energy efficient window, look for the BFRC rating.

U-values

Windows that have an energy rating will have the u-value of the window displayed on the energy label.

A u-value is a measure of how easily heat can pass through a material.

  • Materials that let out more heat have higher u-values.
  • Materials that let less heat pass through them have lower u-values.

In some cases, windows with a higher energy performance rating might have a higher u-value than windows with a better energy efficiency rating. This might seem the wrong way round as lower u-values indicate better insulation levels. However, in these cases it will be that there are other aspects of the window that make them better overall such as coating used on the glass and the gap between the glass panes.

 

Doors and conservatories

Energy efficient doors

Like any other part of the home, doors can be insulated and draught-proofed to prevent heat escaping. Building regulations state that installing a new door requires approval from the relevant buildings control body, and new external doors now generally contain integrated insulation to reduce heat loss and comply with regulations.

A properly fitted new external door should include an effective draught-proofing system. Existing doors can be improved by fitting draught-proofing strips around the seals and the letterbox.

Fitting draught-proofing to the doors and windows will save the typical household around £20 a year.

Conservatories

Even the best quality glazing loses heat more quickly than an uninsulated cavity wall. This means that conservatories are not thermally efficient and should not be heated.

Provided they are never heated, and the doors between the conservatory and the heated house are kept shut in cold weather, they can actually reduce heat loss by acting as an extra insulating layer outside your house. You can make the most of this by installing a sealed sliding door, and sealed blinds or heavy, lined curtains to separate the conservatory more effectively from the rest of your house.

If you heat your conservatory, any benefit you may have had will soon disappear along with the heat that escapes into the outside air. Double glazing, blinds and shutters can all reduce the amount of heat wasted, but it is not possible to bring a conservatory up to the thermal standard of even an averagely insulated room.

Ventilation

Replacement windows will be more airtight than your original frames, so condensation may build up in your house due to the reduced ventilation. If your house does not have much background ventilation, look for replacement windows with trickle vents incorporated into the frame to let in a controlled amount of ventilation.

If you start to see condensation building up around your windows, there may be a damp problem in your home. As a general rule, damp occurs when there is inadequate ventilation, inadequate heating, inadequate insulation or a combination of these. If you’ve started to notice condensation in between the panes of glass in your double-glazing units, then it is likely that the seal is broken, and the unit will need to be replaced.

water condensation on windows

Alternatives to double glazing

If you can’t install double glazing – for example, if you live in a conservation area, period property, or listed building – you can install secondary glazing, or use heavy curtains, or do both. Find out how to fix the draughts around your windows by visiting our draught-proofing pages.

Secondary glazing

A secondary pane of glass and frame can be fitted inside the existing window reveal. This won’t be as well sealed as a double-glazing unit, but will be much cheaper to fit, and will still save energy. Low emissivity glass will improve the performance of secondary glazing.

Secondary glazing kits are available for the proficient DIYer – these cut down on costs and are a non-intrusive way of insulating your windows.

Curtains, sealed blinds and shutters

Curtains lined with a layer of heavy material can reduce heat loss from a room through the window at night and cut draughts. Hollow blinds, fitted into place with a sealed frame, and sealed shutters will also help cut draughts and keep your heat in for longer.

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