How to choose windows for your baby's bedroom

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Want to choose the right windows for your baby’s bedroom, then here are a few tips to help you:

Opening
First and foremost, you’ll want a window that your child can’t open, whether it has handles that are out of reach or are fittedwith locks. Look at options where the windows open at the side or top. If you do have locks fitted, keep the keys where only adults can reach them, but in an easily accessible place in case you need them quickly. You may want to baby proof your windows in other ways, like installing window stops or guards, but remember the latter must have a release mechanism in case of an emergency. 

Safety
When choosing your windows look at the options for strengthened glass or having a protective film installed – so there is no risk of the glass shattering.

Quiet
To minimise sound pollution and to ensure your baby has a good night’s sleep, consider installing double or triple glazing to keep the noise levels down. It will help you all to have a peaceful night’s sleep.

Warmth  
In addition, you’ll want to consider how the window will contribute to the warmth of the room, but allow for ventilation too. Look to see if windows have a good energy efficiency rating, as the better the rating, the more the windows will retain warmth, reduce drafts,  cold spots and the build up of condensation.



Frame materials
UPCV windows have a reputation for lasting a long time, whilst wooden windows suit properties of a more traditional style and are often considered more environmentally friendly too. Aluminium and steel frames also have a reputation for lasting a long time, can be built to a slim design and suit a certain sort of property down to the ground.    

Easy to clean
You’ll also want a window that’s easy to clean, just in case of mucky finger marks. Something you can wipe clean easily is just the ticket. 

Aesthetics
Once the safety and practical considerations are out of the way, you’ll want to consider the look and 
aesthetics of the windows too and choose a style and material that fits in with the rest of your home – especially if it is a period property.  

Permissions
If you’re planning to install new windows, then give time to consider whether there are any permissions you need in place beforehand. Remember, if your property is in a conservation area or is listed, there will be restrictions on what you can do, and youll need listed building consent. Some new windows even require planning permissionIn addition, if you’re in a leasehold property, then you may require the permission of the freeholder or a maintenance company.  
If you’re not sure what windows to choose for your baby’s bedroom, then ask the advice of the professionals, the team at Buckingham double glazing can help you find a window that’s fit for purpose and gives you peace of mind too.