Brackenwoods’ double glazed windows are all about keeping you and your family, Warmer Safer and Smarter. uPVC Windows and Aluminium Windows come in a variety of styles with unlimited colour options to suit your home. With a full range of decorative and obscure glass, your options for replacement and new double glazed windows are almost endless. With our A-Rated double glazing, you’ll be saving money on your energy bills and making your home safer with our security options.
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Who Are Brackenwood
Who are Brackenwood Windows? The company was founded in 1987 by David Medcraft to supply and install uPVC windows, doors and conservatories. Today the product range has expanded and from their base in Basingstoke, Barackenwood supply and install, Double Glazed Windows, Double Glazed Doors, Composite Doors, Maintenance Free Facia, Soffits and Barge Boards, Bi-Fold Doors and Solid Replacement Conservatory Roofs.
With over 40,000 completed installations Brackenwood is one of the longest established and most respected double glazing companies to operate throughout Hampshire Berkshire and Surrey. Whilst at the beginning most of their installations were in and around Basingstoke, the company now has a large portfolio of customers in Reading, Camberley, Guildford, Woking, Slough, Wokingham, Tadley, Newbury, Winchester, Farnborough, Andover, Bracknell, Portsmouth and Southampton.
With one of the largest fully furnished double glazing showrooms in the South, Brackenwood displays a full range of Conservatories, including Traditional Conservatories, Edwardian Conservatories and Georgian Conservatories. At the same time keeping up with changing demands and technology the showroom also has a great display of Replacement Conservatory Roofs, more commonly know as Solid Roof or Tiled Conservatory Roofs.
With a full range of Double Glazing Windows, you are able to see and feel a selection of Casement Windows, Flush Casement Windows, Tilt n Turn Windows. These displays are also complemented with a range of more traditional options such as Timberlook uPVC Windows from the Residence Collection including R9, R7 and R2.
Residential doors have come a long way since 1987 and you will find a beautiful assortment of Composite Doors including Solid Composite Doors, Bi-Folding Doors and French Doors. All available from Brackenwoods’ unlimited colour collection, so no matter what your taste, you’ll definitely find a door to suit your style. And of course, every door has the latest security measure to keep you safe and secure.
Choice has always been important and whilst maintenance free has been in demand due to a busy lifestyle, Brackenwood offers a full range of Aluminium and uPVC products in all ranges, where possible.
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Double Glazing Windows Guarantee
Brackenwood’s double glazing windows guarantee in now in its’ third decade. Since the company was founded in 1987, it has always provided its customers with a full 10-year guarantee.
As part of our promise to our customers, Brackenwood has always gone further to ensure satisfaction and peace of mind. Every new and replacement double glazed installation comes with our 10-year guarantee. That 10-year guarantee is backed up with a concurrent insurance backed guarantee from the CPA (Consumer Protection Association).
In addition to our Double Glazing Windows Guarantee as member of FENSA, we are Trust Mark Endorsed and hold a valid BSI Kitemark for our installation process.
What Are Double Glazed Windows
Double glazed windows comprise two panes of glass which are separated by a gap. This gap in older style double glazed windows will usually be between 12mm and 16mm. In modern energy efficient new or replacement double glazing the gap will typically be 20mm.
The two panes of glass will typically be 4mm each giving an overall sealed unit size of 28mm. The sealed unit in modern double glazed windows systems will be filled with Argon gas. Because Argon gas is denser than air, adding it between the panes of glass improved the thermal efficiency of the window.
The sealed unit is then housed into a frame or a sash, these frames and sashes will be made from Timber, Aluminium or uPVC. The efficiency of the complete window system is assessed and to help chose the best window system for you BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) have created an energy rating scheme.
Double Glazed Windows are rated from A+ to G with G being at the bottom of the scale. The rating is calculated on the whole of the window which means that is it very important to ensure the quality of all components, not just the sealed unit.
Are Double Glazed Windows Worth It
Are double glazed windows worth it; that’s a question which is asked a lot and whilst there is no simple answer, the answer is yes but for a lot of different reasons.
A Rated – Energy Efficient Windows
Testing has shown that new and replacement double glazing can reduce heat loss from your home by as much as 18%. This means that if you have single glazing or early-generation uPVC double glazed windows your bills will be much higher. At the same time, you may be experiencing increased noise from outside and added condensation from the performance of older window systems.
Fitting A Rated Energy efficient windows will save you money on energy bills which will help the environment whilst at the same time you will benefit from reduced condensation and noise.
So are double glazed windows worth it?
If we look at a home with single glazing and update that to A+ new or replacement double glazing windows then the potential savings are £797.04 per year. The example is based on a detached house with single glazing using electricity to heat the space. The calculations are done using the GGF official calculator.
The savings you achieve will vary depending on the current installation in your home and other energy measures which you adopt. Looking directly at the question are double glazed windows worth it would suggest yes, but not only financially. Double glazed windows are worth it as a means to reduce CO2 emissions and as an opportunity to lower carbon use. Which undoubtedly will have a positive effect on the planet.
Are Double Glazed Windows Worth It
When considering are double glazed windows worth it, you will need to look also at the installation. If the installation of the double glazing is not correct then the benefit of selecting and paying for good energy efficient products will be lost. New and replacement double glazed windows need to be installed by experts. It is the installation which will ensure you maximize the benefits of your installation long into the future.
Make sure your installer has experience and that the products they say you are getting are fully detailed in writing. The installer should be registered with a competent installer scheme such as FENSA. To make sure your installer is up to the task they should hold a BSI Kite Mark for their installation process and quality. The BSI Installation Kite Mark means your installer is assessed twice yearly by the British Standard Institue.
The Window installer BSI Kitemark™ covers a wide variety of aspects:
- Design – Ensuring windows and doors are correct for the intended use
- Surveying – Correct door and window fit and risk assessment
- Installation practice – Including the safe removal of old windows
- Staff training – Ensure all staff are properly trained and competent
- Property care – To avoid damage to furniture and floor coverings
- Building regulations compliance – Including fire, thermal efficiency, and safety glazing
- Material quality – All materials must meet the required quality standards.
- Inspection – Check all installations are fitted in accordance with BS 8213-4and the system designer recommendations.