How to get the best from your windows

26 April 2017

Choosing the right windows can transform your home, add value and provide optimum energy efficiency.

Windows are our portals to the outside world. But while providing a view and a supply of light is important, other factors such as thermal efficiency and security are key considerations when it comes to updating and replacing. And with so many different types of dwellings – from country cottages, town houses and modern new builds – choosing a design that not only performs well but also looks great is paramount.

Everest offer a variety of windows to suit all styles, ranging from the classic sash – perfect for adding heritage charm to period properties – to the ever-popular casement window in a wide range of styles and colours to suit all homes. Options for adding detailing such as Georgian bars and traditional latticework are also available and are perfect for creating a truly authentic look.

For contemporary homes a tilt-and-turn or dual-turn window will work wonders, adding style and practicality.

With a range of materials on offer, from traditional timber, maintenance-free uPVC or modern aluminium, in a range of stylish colours, there is an Everest window guaranteed to enhance the interior and exterior of every home. And as each window is made to measure for a super-tight fit to eliminate draughts and minimise heat loss, it will also give you a warmer home and lower energy bills.

With more than 50 years of design and technological experience, Everest are confident that their windows provide the utmost in safety, security and energy-saving credentials. With optimum efficiency double, secondary or triple glazing, key-locking handles, heat- reflective glass and double draught replacement seals as additional options, and a lifetime guarantee against condensation and fog within their uPVC sealed units, it seems that with Everest you really can fit the best.

Take a second glance

Enjoy the period charm of your property and keep out draughts with the best secondary glazing.

While a new set of windows might benefit the majority of homes, for older properties with listed status, or those in a conservation area, the process of replacement can often be complicated, if not prohibited.

Often made from rare and virtually irreplaceable glass and with frames handmade by traditional craftsmen, original windows are part of the charm of an older property but lack the insulation properties of modern alternatives.

Fortunately there is a solution and one that is both easy to achieve and unobtrusive – secondary glazing. The process is simple: a thin second window is added to the inside of the existing one with a slim aluminium frame, providing a visually discreet but highly effective method of insulating and soundproofing.

The key to success is in the fit, which is why at Everest every secondary-glazed window is made to measure to eliminate all draughts or rattles. Each window is also fitted with thermally toughened glass that acts as double glazing, providing extra insulation and keeping energy bills down. With a range of three frame styles – a horizontal sash, vertical sash and a side-hinged design – there is a style and solution to suit any window.

How windows are rated

Energy-efficient windows mean better insulation and can lead to a reduced carbon footprint for your home, as well as lower energy bills. Ensuring that windows are energy efficient is simple, as they are rated nationally across the UK by the BFRC (British Fenestration Ratings Council) according to three defining factors: thermal efficiency (the heat-transfer value from the warm side of the glass to the cold side), solar gain (how much heat a window lets in from the sun’s rays) and air leakage (how airtight your windows are), and on a sliding scale from G at the bottom to A++ at the top.

Everest offers the highest A++ triple glazing and A+ double glazing as options across their window range.

A+ double glazing

New double-glazed windows from Everest, when combined with energy-efficient frames, can achieve a high A+ rating, which could reduce the average household’s energy bills.

A++ triple glazing

Everest triple-glazed windows have been awarded A++, the highest energy rating possible. The extra pane of glass further enhances heat retention, sound insulation and strength, making them warmer, quieter, safer.

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