The Zero Stress Guide to Double Glazing

 
 

What You Need To Know Before You Buy Double Glazing Windows

 
     
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Double Glazing – at-a-glance guidelines

General advice

  • It’s a legal requirement to adhere to building regulations
  • If in doubt, check whether you'll need planning permission
  • If possible, view some installations done by your proposed supplier and talk to their customers
  • Consider secondary glazing options
  • Check for enhanced safety and security features
  • The lower the U value the better the insulation
  • Replacement windows must meet minimum insulation levels
  • You will need proof of compliance when you sell your home
  • Check supplier guarantees before you buy
  • DIY is an option – but not an easy one!

Design tips

  • Choose a shape and style that will enhance the look of your home
  • Think how your chosen style blends with neighbouring properties
  • Inferior windows can devalue your property
  • Check your proposed windows have sufficient openings
  • Check energy ratings
  • PVCu frames are the least expensive option
  • Consider using a specialist glass

DIY construction tips

  • Don’t forget to apply for building regulation approval
  • Choose a specialist supplier
  • Have a site survey carried out by a professional – and take his advice
  • Avoid bow and bay windows
  • Start on a small window to gain confidence
  • Think about whether you really have the necessary skills to tackle this project

Maintenance tips

  • Use a furniture aerosol wax rather than than oil to lubricate squeaky hinges
  • Never use abrasive cleaners on PVCu conservatories
  • Never use washing-up liquid on PVCu frames
  • Aluminium polish bought at motor shops can be used as a cleaner for silver frames

 

   
     
 
     
   

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