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UK energy prices are expected to soar again from this April, with predictions pointing to a minimum 50% increase. With this in mind, increasing numbers of homeowners in Suffolk have been getting in touch to find out what can be done to make their homes more energy efficient this year.
Ahead of the April price hike, have you considered revitalising your home with modern aluminium windows? Well, here are three crucial factors to consider.
Although modern uPVC windows (like ours!) can be recycled up to 10 times and quality timber windows are carbon neutral and can last for at least 60 years, aluminium windows are infinitely recyclable and resistant to corrosion, warping, and twisting. Aluminium windows are a sustainable, cost-effective alternative to wooden frames and, believe it or not, are more environmentally friendly than timber windows as the need for cutting down native forests and the energy required to cut, transport and rework timber is completely eliminated. With an average lifespan of 45 years, aluminium windows can last a lifetime thanks to their outstanding strength and corrosion-resistant properties.
We also offer a number of traditional woodgrain effects, giving you the best of both worlds; the ultramodern benefits of aluminium windows, with the timeless character of timber aesthetics.
In recent years, the introduction of polyamide thermal breaks has been the driving force behind aluminium windows and doors becoming a viable prospect for homeowners across the South East and beyond. Placed between the inner and outer frame to prevent heat from escaping, premium aluminium windows with plastic thermal barriers insulate homes just as well as other window materials.
New standards for energy efficiency are also anticipated any day now, with new minimum U-values for windows expected to be reduced from the existing 1.6 W/m²K to 1.4 W/m²K. So, naturally, this has become a worry for manufacturers of less energy-efficient aluminium window systems. However, you can rest assured that our aluminium products will not fall short of changed building regulations as they can comfortably achieve A+ energy ratings and U-values as low as 0.9 W/m²K, slashing energy costs in the process.
Providing the slimmest sightlines out of all the window materials, less frame means more glass; a fundamental feature of modern architecture. When you think about this in terms of efficiency, larger swathes of uninterrupted glazing mean more sunlight and even less need to put the heating on. Combined with our ultra-protective and high-performance Comfort Glass, designed to stop even more internal heat from escaping, beating energy price rises is easy with A&B by your side.
As you can see, replacing your windows is clearly worth considering, especially in the run-up to getting your home ‘zero-carbon ready’ by 2025. Make the move towards a more efficient home by visiting our Colchester showroom, contact us online, or calling our team of experts on 01473 467173.
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