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Should you replace your windows during a reclad project?

Recladding a house presents an opportunity to rejuvenate its exterior, enhance its structural integrity, and improve energy efficiency.


One question often arises during such projects: Should you replace your windows as well?


The decision to replace windows during a reclad project requires careful consideration, taking into account various factors that can impact the overall success of the renovation.


Let’s delve deeper into this topic to understand when replacing windows is advisable and when it may be unnecessary.


Are the exiting windows compatible with the proposed cladding options?

The first question is the easiest to answer. On homes built before 2005 Direct Fixed claddings were common and the windows were made to specifically meet the thickness of the wall framing, internal linings and external flashing requirements. If the thickness of the wall is increasing it is incredibly challenging to re-use existing windows and we would only encourage solutions that allow the re-use of the windows if they are in great condition and double glazed at least.

It's fairly uncommon but we have undertaken a few projects where we picked cladding materials to suit an existing wall thickness (or near enough) to keep the windows.


Assessing the Condition:

Along with the wall thickness is to assess their current condition. Are they functioning properly? Do they show signs of damage, such as rot, warping, or air leaks? If the windows are in poor condition or nearing the end of their lifespan (15 years), replacing them may be necessary to ensure the long-term performance and durability of the home.


Energy Efficiency:

Older joinery is less energy-efficient than modern alternatives, leading to higher heating and cooling costs. If improving home comfort is a priority, replacing windows with energy-efficient options during the recladding process will result in long-term savings on energy bills. Look for windows with high-quality insulation, low-emissivity coatings, and double glazed panes with argon or similar gas to minimise heat transfer and improve comfort indoors.


Aesthetic Considerations:

Windows play a significant role in defining the aesthetic appeal of a home’s exterior. If the existing window style or colour detract from the overall look of the house or clash with the desired design aesthetic, replacing them can help achieve a cohesive and visually appealing facade. Consider selecting windows that complement the architectural style of the home and enhance its curb appeal.


With regards colours, window joinery and roof colours are often the same or similar, changing the window colour may affect the roofs appearance and the cohesion of the house colours.


Heritage and Historical Considerations:

In the case of heritage or historically significant homes, preserving the original windows may be a priority to maintain the authenticity and character of the property. However, if the windows are beyond repair and compromise the structural integrity of the house, careful restoration or replication may be necessary to preserve its historical charm while ensuring functionality and safety.


Cost and Budget Constraints:

Replacing windows is a significant investment, adding to the overall cost of the recladding project. Considering your budget constraints and weigh the cost of window replacement against the potential benefits in terms of energy savings, aesthetics, and long-term durability.


In many of our projects prioritizing other aspects of the recladding, such as improving insulation or addressing structural issues, may take precedence over window replacement which means we need to look at different cladding options or addressing the increased depth of the wall.


If you are not sure we are here to help through your reclad project. Our expertise along with the joiners we work with can help you make an informed decision that aligns with the overall objectives of the recladding project.


So whether to replace windows during a recladding project depends on various factors, including their condition, energy efficiency, aesthetic considerations, heritage significance, and budget constraints. By carefully evaluating these factors and consulting with experts, you can make a well-informed decision that enhances the beauty, functionality, and value of your home for years to come.


To find out more how we go about our reclad projects read more in our Investment Guide to recladding your home.



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