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Any Double Glazing Experts out there ??

Taxboy 16 199
29 Sep 2012 7:13PM
We're about to move house and the new property will require the old sliding patio doors replacing with uPVC French Doors. Before I do battle with the double glazing salesmen is there anything I need to look out for or are most of the companies much of a muchness. I know I need a FENSA company so I can have the certificate after installation

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robthecamman 6 1.7k United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 7:16PM
hard to know who the rip off merchants are these days
jembo 14 137 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 7:39PM
Just beware of how thick the UPVC profiles are. Check with the sales people. My mom had the same done and the room was a lot darker because of it. Nearly 1/3 of the width was UPVC uprights.
Think about how wide will the opening for the doors be. Then there has to be an upright each side for the doors to fix on to. And you will have the uprights of the frame at each end of the whole window, which will probably leave a very narrow window either side the opening doors. These narrow panes may be too small to have an opening upper window if wou want (additional) ventilation (when you dont want to open the doors).
My mom had it ripped out and a better quaity aluminium (white coated) sliding door installed instead.

Good luck.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
29 Sep 2012 8:00PM
When I saw the title of this thread, I assumed that the OP was looking for a reasonably priced filter for a lens with a large front element!
Taxboy 16 199
29 Sep 2012 8:43PM

Quote:When I saw the title of this thread, I assumed that the OP was looking for a reasonably priced filter for a lens with a large front element!

That would be simples in comparison Grin
Pat_Stones 6 129 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 8:47PM
Everest used to say "you only fit double glazing once, so fit the best". What rubbish that turned out to be, I know lots of people who are onto their second lot Smile !
cambirder 14 7.2k England
29 Sep 2012 9:03PM
I just went through this with my front door. As far as uPVC concerned they were all as ugly as each other and you had to deal with a slimy salesman for all of them. In the end I went for wood with these guys . Looks total class but twice the price of plastic,
dcash29 12 2.3k England
29 Sep 2012 9:03PM
I wouldnt touch safestyle Uk with a barge pole

Find an installer by word of mouth and look at their past work

REHAU is a decent profile
29 Sep 2012 9:26PM
No idea where you live but if in the south these guys have a good product and excellent after sales service - and no pushy salesmen.

KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2012 10:53PM

Quote:Find an installer by word of mouth and look at their past work

Always the best way.
Stay well clear of the big boys where a good percentage of the cost is in administration and where you might well find the fitters are on contract.

The frames of UPVC windows/doors are substantial compared to timber to ensure they have strength that however cuts down the glass area compared to timber.

Profiles have improved over the years however cambirder is so right where front doors are concerned, they look terrible.

The glass units bear much of the cost with UPVC and where the failure (misting) is mainly due to moisture breaking down the seal. The units should sit on spacers that allows the water to drain away easily.

Timber would of course be more aesthetically pleasing and more expensive not forgetting that they do need maintenance keeping an eye on the bottom rails which is where all the water goes.

It would pay to ask around while checking those in the area who have a website or a listing.

The FENSA website might help for your specific area.

For ventilation if warranted then you can have trickle vents fitted.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 10:59AM
Another point to consider is to go local if possible.

We have a local supplier and fitter who built our conservatory and has done a lot of work for us since then (we can't afford to do all the window in one go so are phasing the work).

They are within 2 miles of us, so if there should be any problems (none so far) I know exactly where to go for redress. They have kept the same team of salesman, surveyor and installers over the 10+ years we have dealt with them and are always helpful, efficient (and clean up after themselves Smile )

and yes, we got them via word of mouth recommendation
icphoto Plus
16 2.5k England
30 Sep 2012 11:41AM
Do not use Everest at all costs - overpriced and c**p workmanship. As most have said go local, the small guys are your best bet, most offer an insurance Guarantee so if things go pear shaped with the company you can still claim.
KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 12:09PM

Quote:most offer an insurance Guarantee so if things go pear shaped with the company you can still claim.

I think you will find that any insurance against bankruptcy doesn't exist. Product and service, yes
The first in the queue is the HMRC while the customer is last if there is anything left Grin

Its essential that any fitter is insured otherwise they are putting all their assets at risk. If they are not then you wont see their heels for dust in the event of an accident.

In the early days of UPVC windows there were cases where no lintels were fitted resulting in cracking of the brickwork above the window that had no strength and began sagging., hence the introduction of FENSA.
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 2:21PM
We are about to have all of our windows replaced in a couple of weeks. We went with a local company who have a fantastic reputation. Ok, time will tell if we have made the right choice, but they weren't pushy, didn't phone us countless times and are just genuinely nice people...not often you can say that about a double glazing company. They're also a member of DGCOS, which has given us a piece of mind

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 2:58PM
Make sure that they are "internally glazed" ie the glass is inserted from inside the house. That way would be burglars can't easily remove the glass.

Fitted from the outside, the glazed units are easily removable with a garden spade.

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