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Windows for a new Build

  • 07-11-2022 2:24pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1


    We are starting on a new build and are looking to put in Georgian style sash windows. Would people recommend Timber of uPVC? I understand the timber costs more and has maintenance but a lot of the uPVC windows I see look very clunky up close with a lot of joins? Also as they will be white windows we would like to have a white spacer/seal between the panes of glass but most companies only seem to do the black seals. Any ideas how or where we can get a white or silver seal between window panes



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,540 ✭✭✭Dudda

    Why are you building a new house with Georgian style sash windows?

    100 years ago you could only get glass up to a certain size so lots of small rectangles were brought together to make larger windows. We don't have this issue now so are free to put in unobstructed glass which is thermally more efficient, allows more light in and looks better. This last point is non negotiable. Modern thermal requirements need good double or triple glazed with chunky frames. You cannot get slim elegant frames like the Georgians had to comply.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,525 ✭✭✭Yellow_Fern

    It depends on the house but in nearly all types houses, the windows contribute very little to total heat loss. It is debatable whether triple glaze ever pay for themselves in an Irish climate, or repay their carbon costs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,974 ✭✭✭✭Lumen

    Doesn't that depend on how they degrade over time?

    Windows, AFAIK, are not guaranteed to maintain their claimed new performance over the life of the unit (if you take "life of the unit" to mean "until it starts falling apart").

    If the triple glazing is only a bit more expensive but takes another ten years to drops beyond whatever threshold of acceptable performance you choose, then the payback is there. It depends on under what circumstances the windows will be replaced, and whether it will be practical to put in new IGUs or replace the whole units.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,677 ✭✭✭10-10-20

    ...Anyway, back to the point at hand: "We are starting on a new build and are looking to put in Georgian style sash windows." was this a stipulation based on the planning or are you just in love with the concepts of Georgian sash?