The cost of installing uPVC windows
Installing new uPVC window frames is a great way of adding value to your property without spending a fortune – find out more here.
If you’re thinking of having double glazing installed in your home but are unsure about the most suitable material for your window frames, you might find that uPVC (Un-plasticized Polyvinyl Chloride) is just the right material for your property. Wooden frames might seem a stylish option, but they are liable to peeling, flaking and water and insect damage, so they require a lot of maintenance including re-painting, varnishing and sanding on a regular basis. Metal frames, made of aluminium or steel, might seem like a strong and sturdy choice – but they too have their drawbacks; metal is somewhat rough and unsightly and doesn’t complement the average home exterior, plus it is very liable to rust over time – which means repairs and refitting.
On the other hand, uPVC has a number of attractive benefits: it’s sturdy, durable, provides a water-tight seal for your windows and requires little maintenance throughout its life-span – just a quick wipe down with an old cloth is enough to keep it looking as goodas new. It is also perfectly suited to accommodate a number of locking mechanisms(including the Yale brand) for added security and issurprisingly energy efficient; heat and sound insulation is vastly improvedwith double glazed uPVCwindows compared to the average metal or wooden frame. And what’s more, uPVCis almost always cheaper than those other materials too. The price will dependon its function, as uPVC can ultimately be used in a number of ways, includingthe following:
- Windows – if you simply want to install uPVC frames on your existing single pane windows then the job can be surprisingly cheap – usually costing around £4,000 – £5,000 for an average sized semi-detached home; or around £250 per window.
- Doors – doors can add a great deal to the impression of your home and fortunately many companies nowadays can offer uPVC as a sturdy and secure option in a range of colours and designs, including stained glass inserts or a wood grain effect. Prices usually cost between £350 and £1,000 per door, depending on its size and density and whether or not you choose a glass ‘window’ addition.
- Porch – with increasing amounts of clutter in homes, porches are becoming a great way to keep all that mess in one tidy spot without taking up much needed space in the bulk of the house. Although brickwork is an attractive choice for a porch, uPVC is cheap and more popular than ever, and can accommodate window inserts and locking mechanisms just as good as the former option. Prices are usually around £1,000 – £3,000.
- Conservatory – installing a uPVC conservatory is a great way to add extra space to your home and will let in more light and heat than an ordinary extension would permit. They are also highly weather resistant, offer state-of-the-art security against potential burglars and can look surprisingly good, depending on which design you choose. The price will depend on the size of the conservatory but each uPVC window and frame should cost somewhere between £800 and £1,000.
- Stained glass – if you fancy splashing out and adding a stylish, elegant effect to the windows in your home, there are a number of stained glass patterns and colours for you to choose from; flowers and diamonds are very popular, but if you are a little more adventurous you can even customise your own design. This will usually increase the average uPVC window price from £300 to around £500.
- Double glazing – if your single uPVC panes are proving ineffective at trapping heat and blocking out unwelcome sounds from noisy neighbours, then double glazing is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home and cut off any irritating leaks or draughts you are currently putting up with. Plus the improved insulation means you will be saving around 10% off your monthly heating bill. A plain double glazed uPVC fitting costs slightly more than the ordinary window – around £350 to £450.
- Secondary glazing – if you have a somewhat limited budget, then you can always opt for secondary glazing with uPVC window frames; rather than have the whole frame re-fitted you simply install a matching window on the inside of the existing frame to create a two-tier effect similar to double glazing. This is very cheap (usually around £100 to £200 per window!) and particularly easy to install, but doesn’t always guarantee as effective heat and sound insulation as the former options.
How much do uPVC window frames cost?
The cost of installing uPVC frames or fittings will always vary depending on the size and location of your home, but to make sure you get the best deal compare a number of quotes from several different contractors and companies and check references and portfolio work too. You should also make sure your potential employer is fully registered with the BSI (British Standards Institution) or FENSA authorities to ensure a reliable, high quality job on your home. Some of the quotes above may sound a little expensive, but remember they are only estimates; and after all, the benefits of uPVC are sure to add value to your property – making installation a worthwhile investment.