I’ve been doing some research into the best options for replacement windows and doors, but there is so much information out there and nobody seems to agree.
The main options seem to be aluminium, uPVC and wood, but there are pros and cons for all of them. Also, some people say that double glazing is well worth while and others say that the money could be better spent elsewhere.
I would really appreciate any opinions on what needs to be considered when choosing a product, for example does the age or location of a house make a difference?
Yes, age and location of your house will make a difference. There are two main scenarios:
1. Pre 1970s, un-insulated. The first priority should be to insulate and draught-proof as much as possible. Once this is all done, then consider double glazing retrofits.
2. Post 1970s, insulated. Double glazing will be a great upgrade from single glazing. If you have aluminium frames or timber frames that close really well (no draughts), then secondary glazing may be an option. Otherwise, you’re looking at replacing the whole frame.
General advice is to avoid standard aluminium. Make sure it’s thermally broken as a minimum. uPVC is a good option. Timber is great, but likely the most expensive.