What Are Trickle Vents?

Trickle vents are small openings in a window or building component. These openings are integrated into the frame in order to provide effective ventilation. Not only do they work to ensure your comfort is maintained across the course of the year, they are also integrated into the frame to ensure they ruin the overall look of the window or the door. This way, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

In order to maintain a healthy and comfortable living environment, it is essential that your home is well ventilated. Trickle vents allow small amounts of air through, enabling you to benefit from fresh air without having to open your window or door. With the right trickle vents installed, you’ll be able to increase the ventilation in your home without having to release any locking mechanisms. This means that you’ll be able to enjoy increased comfort without reducing your home security.

Trickle vents are easy to install and their benefits include improved home comfort, reduced condensation and controlled ventilation. Not only does this work to keep you comfortable during those warmer summer months, it also means that you’ll be able to avoid any damp, mould, or condensation that can have a notably detrimental effect on both the appearance, functionality and structural integrity of your window or door.

Remove Stale Air

An effective ventilation system such as the trickle vent removes stale air from your property. It also helps remove any unwanted smells caused by irritants or cooking. Situated above the window, they are easily controllable via a cord, rod or by hand. This means that even during the winter you’ll be able to avoid a feeling of stuffiness or smelly food. The vents are easy to use and easily accessible to help offer you the best of both worlds. All in all, they will work to make your home a more comfortable place to be across the course of the year.

Secure Ventilation

A window can be an easy point of entry for an opportunist burglar. Controllable trickle vents give you the ability to ventilate your home whilst keeping your windows in a locked and closed position. With this in place, you won’t have to worry about your peace of mind when it comes to securing a higher standard of comfort. Modern trickle vents can open and close without the locking mechanism moving at all.

This is important, as most windows and doors are fitted with high-performance multi point locking systems that engage at multiple points of the frame. If you need to open the window to achieve effective ventilation, then you essentially make this consistent standard of security completely obsolete. As most burglaries happen through opportunism, an open window or door can often be seen as an open invitation for a would-be intruder.

Compatible With Most Windows

Trickle vents are designed to work with a wide range of window systems. They can be fitted in all types of windows including uPVC, timber, steel or aluminium. This means that it won’t matter if your home is modern, traditional, period, heritage, new build, or anywhere in between, you’ll be able to enjoy all that trickle vents have to offer. Simply speak to your installer of choice to see what windows and doors they can offer you with high-performance trickle vents installed.

However, if your windows aren’t compatible then trickle vents will need to be fitted independently. This is fine, and something that your installer of choice will be able to handle so don’t worry. Further to this, we’ll only put you in touch with installers that operate to the highest standards of professionalism, reliability, promptness, and complete respect for your time and for your home. This way, you won’t have to settle for anything less.

Trickle Vents are a requirement under building regulations:

  • If the property is a ‘New Build’, this includes extensions to an existing building or structure
  • If the current windows already have trickle vents and they are being replaced with windows that are considered ‘Like for Like’
  • If patio doors or French doors are being installed and they are the only opening aperture in a room
  • In cases where some form of permanent ventilation is required in a room by specific Building Regulations

If you have any questions regarding your trickle vents, you can get in touch with your installer of choice who will be more than happy to run you through your options. Alongside this, they’ll be able to run you through the all of the window and door options that you have available to choose from when it comes to bringing the best of trickle vents to your home. As mentioned, the vents are fitted into the design so you won’t have to worry about ruining their overall look or functionality of your window or door. This way, you can enjoy the very best of both worlds.

Trickle Vent Design

Trickle vents are often positioned through the head of the frame which is called a Through Frame design. An Over Frame design may be needed if it is not possible to fit the vent through the frame. In this occasion, ventilation can be routed over the frame or head of the window. We know this all may sound technical, but your installer of choice will be able to handle all the hard work here. We just wanted to give you a frame of reference as to where you should expect the trickle vent to be fitted.

A Glazed In method is another way a trickle vent can be fitted. This design is used if it is necessary to fit the vent into the glazed area along the top of the window. The style of trickle vent that you end up with is going to be contextual to the style of window and door that you have. Simply let your installer of choice know your specifications and they’ll be able to handle the rest!

Thermally Efficient Trickle Vent Design

When closed, trickle vents can also work in harmony with the thermal efficiency properties of the window or door. This means that they’ll compliment the multi-chambered profile and weather seals to help trap in pockets of warm air. In turn, this means that you’ll be able to enjoy a home that gets warmer and stays warmer for a longer period of time. Alongside this, you could also find that these designs help you to save money too! This is because you could find that you rely less frequently on your heating to keep you comfortable, reducing your annual heating bill as a result. Also, a reduction in energy use could also lead you to reduce your carbon emissions too!


Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions

Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions

Can Double Glazed Doors be Fitted with a Pet Flap?

Depending on the style of door, a pet flap can be fitted as an extra service. The only exception is when glass panels feature on the lower half of the door.

How Much Do Doors Cost?

Your double glazed door cost will depend on specifications such as style, size, locks, glazing and door furniture. Double Glazing on The Web gives you the opportunity to create your very own unique door quote online. Start your free door quote today.

What Does UPVC Stand For?

UPVC is an abbreviation for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride which is used in window frames.

Do UPVC Windows Need Trickle Vents?

Trickle vents are not a requirement, however they do offer additional ventilation without the need for opening your windows so can be a valued add on.

How Long Do Aluminium Windows Last?

Aluminium windows have a long life span and should last about 20-30 years. Any type of window will require some maintenance but overall aluminium windows are extremely strong and durable.

What Colours Do Aluminium Windows Come in?

There is an infinite range of aluminium colours available for your windows and doors. The aluminium RAL colour chart consists of virtually any colour you could think of, allowing you to achieve the perfect look for your home.

What Are U-Values?

A U-value measures how effective a window or door is as an insulator of heat. The lower the U-values the more energy efficient the aluminium window or door is.

How Long Will It Take To Install My Casement Window?

Because every job is different, it is best your talk to your double glazing installer who will be able to give you an exact timescale.

Which Bi-folding Door Configuration is Best?

When choosing the arrangement of your bi-folding doors you need to consider the size and layout of your room. Outfolding bi-fold doors will take up less internal space when completely folded back and a left of right folding will be dependent on space available in your room.

How Long Does It Take To Install Bi-Fold Doors?

If a survey is scheduled within 48hrs then your bi-fold doors can be supplied and installed within just 6 – 8 weeks.

How Secure Are Bi-Folding Doors?

Bi-folding doors are extremely secure and are built with a high security locks as standard. Each of our double glazing installers will offer their own range of locking systems with additional upgrade options for all security conscious homeowners.

Are There Other UPVC Casement Window Styles?

Other UPVC casement window styles include the French casement window which is a more traditional take on the standard casement style.

Will I Have A Choice of Casement Window Locks?

A high security lock will be fitted as standard with your new casement window but your double glazing installer will also offer a choice of security upgrades.

What Are Flush Casement Windows?

Flush casement windows are where the unit sits flush to the frame, creating a super sleek look.

Are There Different UPVC Casement Window Sizes?

UPVC casement windows come in a wide range of sizes to suit your property. You can specify your casement window size in our window cost calculator to get a unique window price!

Can I Choose My Casement Window Handles?

Your double glazing installer will offer you a choice casement window handles and casement window hardware options so you can achieve the perfect look.

What is a Casement Window?

A casement window is attached to its frame by one or more hinges. A casement window is hinged at the side allowing them to open extremely wide. These windows can double up as emergency exits and are perfect for hard to reach places within the home, with many home owners installing these windows behind their kitchen sinks.

Where Can I Get A Tilt and Turn Windows Price?

You can get a tilt and turn windows price using our window cost calculator which will give you a free and unique quote within a matter of minutes.

How Does The Tilt and Turn Window Mechanism Work?

The tilt and turn window can be ‘tilted’ inwards due to its unique turning action which allows the window to be easily accessed from both inside and out. All it takes is a swift turn of the handle.

How Much Do French casement windows cost?

The cost of French casement windows will vary depending on installer but you can get an average casement windows cost using our free online quoting engine

How do UPVC Sash Windows Work?

UPVC vertical sliding sash windows are built to either slide vertically downwards or upwards. This opening function makes the UPVC sash window much easier to use compared to traditional wooden windows where the only choice is double hung and single hand.

Are UPVC Sash Windows Easy To Use?

UPVC sash windows are very easy to use. Their spiral balance mechanism allows for smooth operation so you can open and close your windows with ease. UPVC sash windows are also incredibly low maintenance and require very little cleaning.

Why Should I Choose a UPVC Sash Window?

UPVC sash windows are incredibly attractive and make a stunning addition to any property and are relatively low maintenance thank to their UPVC design. You can enjoy a traditional aesthetic for many years to come thanks to their long standing properties.

Replacement Sash Windows In A Conservation Area

If your home is a listed property or within a conservation area then you will need to seek planning permission.

Are uPVC Doors Easy To Maintain?

uPVC doors are extremely easy to maintain and will never require re-painting or varnishing. Neither will a uPVC door rot or warp!

What Are Composite Doors Made Of?

Composite doors are made of a combination of high performing materials which is why they are so strong and incredibly long lasting. The composite door is made from: reinforced UPVC, fibreglass skin, high density foam and a water resistant composite materials.

Do Composite Doors Fade?

Composite doors feature a tough and durable skin where colour runs throughout rather than a simple surface coating. This means a composite door is not likely to wear or fade like the majority of painted doors. A composite door is very long lasting which also reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep it looking in top condition.

Do Composite Doors Need Painting?

Composite doors do not require re-painting. These low maintenance doors feature a water resistant GRP, coloured skin which keeps a pristine appearance year after year.

Do Composite Doors Warp?

A composite door will not warp like wood and won't require regular painting.

Can I Get Composite Side Panels?

Composite doors are available with matching composite side panels, your installer will offer you a choice of colours and glazing.

Is Every Composite Door Different?

There are different qualities to every composite door and they will vary between manufacturers depending on materials used. At Double Glazing on The Web we only put you in touch with the highest quality suppliers and installers.

What Do Stable Doors Look Like?

These country style doors offer charming aesthetics and are a stylish alternative to standard back doors, stable doors a great choice for any kind of property. This door is split in two halves which open independently from one another as well as function as a whole. Whether you are after a traditional stable door or more contemporary design with modern glazing, your double glazing installer will be able to offer you a wide range of options for your property.

Are UPVC Stable Doors Made To Measure?

Your UPVC stable door will be made to measure and tailored to your specifications given to your double glazing installer.

How Much Do UPVC French Doors Cost?

UPVC French door prices will depend on your personal requirements and specifications such as size, style and glazing. To get an average French doors cost use our door cost calculator for a free online quote.

Are UPVC Patio Doors Secure?

UPVC patio doors can be fitted with a choice of high security locks to make them extra secure. You can also choose from a range of glazing styles to further enhance the strength of your patio doors.

Do I Need Planning Permission For Patio Doors?

You may require planning permission for double glazed patio doors if you have a listed building or happen to live within a conservation area. Visit the V for more information.

How Do Sliding Patio Doors Work?

UPVC sliding doors operate on a smooth, easy glide system which allows for effortless transition. They are attached to metal or vinyl tracks which are fitted to the top and bottom frames and plastic rollers are added to ease the movement.

How Do Slide and Swing Doors Operate?

A multi-pane door with individual panes slides on a single track with no loss of space. Panes are able to operate individually with no visible hinges or hardware. The slide and swing door can open up spaces between rooms or between home and garden or even conservatory.

How Much Do Aluminium French Doors Cost?

Unfortunately our online quoting engine does not quote for aluminium however you can get a price by calling one of our advisors on: 0800 015 5679. Or alternatively, you can contact us using our online enquiry form.

Bay or Bow Window?

Simply put, it really depends! Bay windows offer often much welcome and useful extra storage space to the frontage of homes. On the other hand, bow windows provide a curved shape alternative in terms of look compared to bay windows. They are both beautiful options and can add much character and charm to the right property.

Can Bay Windows Look Modern?

Bay windows can easily be either modern or traditional depending on the combination of glass and / or coloured uPVC profiles now available. Subsequently, its easy for these windows to seamlessly blend in with contemporary or old properties.

What Makes Flush Sash Windows Different?

Flush sash casement windows are specifically designed to imitate the appearance of traditional wooden timber windows by appearing to have the same sashes that finish 'flush' with the outside face of the window.

Should I replace my old sash windows?

Sash windows are a key feature for many traditional period buildings. Sash windows were traditionally built using timber, which is fairly high maintenance and has a tendency toward rotting and warping. Over time, these windows can become draughty and insecure. uPVC sash windows are a great way to experience the benefits of modern double glazing, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home. uPVC sash windows will not rot or warp and require little maintenance. They are also thermally efficient, which means that your home will not require as much heating.

How much does sash window restoration cost?

The cost of sash window restoration will depend on the survey result. Standard draught proofed sash windows (without sill replacement) usually starts at about £500 per window. The time taken will also depend on the survey result.

Can I install double glazing into my original sash windows?

This will depend upon what type of window you have. Replacing existing moving sashes with new, double glazed replicas might to be possible.

How much does it cost to replace a sash window?

The cost of replacing a sash window will depend on many factors including: style, size, material and glazing. A wooden sash window will cost significantly more than a uPVC sash window. A wooden sash window can cost up to £1000. Wooden windows are more expensive to manufacture so expect to pay that bit more. uPVC sash windows can be designed to mimic wood and are much cheaper in price. The starting price for a standard uPVC sash window is on average £525.


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