Draught proofing windows are intended to prevent heat from escaping through gaps around the perimeter of the window. Sealing the gaps around your windows will help keep the heat in while also reducing cold draughts that circulate throughout your home. Almost every opening window in your home has a small gap around the edge that should be completely sealed when the window is fully shut.

If the seal isn’t strong enough, cold air can enter through the gap and warm air can escape through the gap as well. When windows are old or poorly installed, they can have gaps around the frame or glass even if they are not in use. These gaps, unfortunately, are something you should be concerned about because they will increase your heating bills because all of the money you spent heating this air will be wasted as soon as the air leaks through.

A draughty place will also make you feel less comfortable because the cold air feels even colder when it is blowing through the room. It helps to reduce condensation and dampness by allowing fresh air to enter only when it is needed, thanks to controlled ventilation.

Draught-proofing an existing window is a relatively simple process provided that you have hired professionals who have the necessary knowledge and expertise to complete the entire job. It is the guarantee of Heritage Window Specialists, that draught proofing windows is a low-cost but effective way to improve the energy efficiency of your home, lower your heating costs, and reduce cold air draughts throughout the house.

Questions You Probably Have:

These are some of the questions you might be having right now. Well, you no longer need to be concerned because Heritage Window Specialists is here to provide you with an answer!

How Will I Know if I Need Draught Proofing Windows?

Draught-proofing isn’t necessary for all windows in a home. As long as your windows are double or triple glazed, and if they were installed after 2002, you should not be required to carry out draught proofing. This is because new building regulations introduced in 2002 required all window installations to meet certain quality standards which put you away from the edge.

Draughts can be detected by a trained professional, who may use a smoke pencil or a match to do so. Alternatively, you can inspect your window yourself. The quickest way to detect a draught is to wet the back of your hand and pass it over the area where you suspect a draught may be present; a draught should cause a noticeable temperature difference when it is felt.

Where to look for draughts?

Draughts around the edge of a window are not as likely to occur compared to a door, but the cumulative draught from all of the windows in your home can account for significant amounts of energy loss. Draught proofing windows is indeed extremely important.  You must first identify the areas that require draught-proofing. Most draughts are found around the frames of external wooden windows. This is usually caused by improperly installed doors or windows, as well as seasonal variations in temperature.

Other places where draughts can be found are between the frames of windows and the brickwork, the caulk around the outside of your windows, the gaps around locks or catches, as well as under the sills of the window. They can also be found in areas where services or waste pipes pass through the walls of a building. Once you’ve determined which areas of the window require draft proofing, you can get to work on the project.

Is there a significant difference between draught proofing windows and not?

Professionals always recommend having draught proofing windows if you notice that the air is colder near the windows. While the occasional draught through a window may not appear to be a major problem for you, you might reconsider. If several windows in your home are allowing hot air to escape and cold air to enter, you will again, as a result, be paying more for heating and squandering energy. Draughts also causes colder temperature which is both uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.

Quick Add On: Draught Proofing Sash Windows

Draughts are most commonly known and found in sash windows, which are found in many older homes. As well as adding character to your home, sash windows, like many other aspects of your home, require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. If this is not addressed, wet rot, cracked putty, failure of joints, rattling or sticking, and draughts are all possible consequences of neglect. Unmaintained sash windows can cause draughts the size of a small open window in a room.

It is difficult to properly seal a sash window to prevent draughts because the window halves are sliding up and down and they have a tendency to rip off any window seals that have been glued on. In addition, the gaps are irregularly spaced along the length of the frame’s channels. Draught proofing sash windows can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including the use of weather stripping or timber and plastic beading. Heritage timber beads are recommended for sash window properties because they are in keeping with the style of the windows.

In essence, when it comes to draught proofing sash windows or any other type of draught proofing for that matter, the goal is to restore the ventilation of a room, which is something that professionals can do for you with relative ease!

Get Your Windows and Frames Draught with Heritage Window Specialists

Draught proofing windows shouldn’t be too difficult, and you should be able to do it yourself. While some homes, particularly older buildings, are more difficult to draught proof, there are some exceptions. In these situations, you may find that you would benefit from the assistance of a professional.

Heritage Window Specialist will be delighted to assist you. Get in touch with us right away!