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B&Q PVC windows and doors - any good?
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:32 AM
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Default B&Q PVC windows and doors - any good?

I need a new half-glazed back door, and a new window about 1m square, give or take.

Having almost fallen off my chair at the prices Iíve found online, I was in B&Q and found the perfect-looking back door for about £150, and window for £80. The bloke who is making the new door and window openings can fit them, so no problem there.

The question is Ė are they any good? Obviously I donít want something thatís a load of rubbish and completely insecure. However, given that weíll have to replace all of the windows in the house at some point in the next 5 years or so, they donít necessarily have to be the most durable windows/doors ever.

All thoughts and advice gratefully Ė as always Ė received!



Ps whilst Iím here Ė how can I turn a plain glass window into a frosted window, without replacing the glass? Iím thinking some kind of film or sprayÖ I canít stand the patterned obscured glass, but prefer the etched/frosted look, if that makes sense. Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:00 PM
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Not sure about B&Q's windows / doors, certainly Wickes are very good quality and very reasonably priced.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:07 PM
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I can also recommend Wickes doors and windows - we had some for a house that we were renovating about 12 years ago and they were fairly good quality. However, we now use an online company called dunster house and they manufacture them to your measurements. We have used them in our last few houses and have been really pleased with them.
With regard to turning plain glass into frosted without changing the glass - I recall seeing a spray advertised in a home magazine a number of months ago - Don't know if it is any good as I have never tried it.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:30 PM
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Default Window film

Sorry can't help with the door/window quality query, but I had good success with using the frosting film sold in B&Q about 2 years ago.

Found it very quick & easy to apply to bottom half of plain UPVC windows (bathroom with fabulous rural outlook but new barn conversion built next door!!) The instructions were clear, and it's helpful to spray a fine mist of water over the window before positioning. End result did not look like sticky-back plastic at all, more like frosting, and it's easily removed if required - we were renting so didn't want a solution that couldn't be "undone". Some of the fancier designs might not look so good but I went for a design with tiny clear squares on a frosted background.
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Question UPVC (or PVCu) door

I am also looking at a B & Q full glass back door - wickes dont do clear glass which I particularly want. Nobody with any comments about the B & Q ones? Has anybody tried online 'doors direct' or 'door express' or 'just doors' ? I cant imagine they are £600 worse than a middle of the road local firm!
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we did our whole house in b & Q windows and have had no problems,
one window we had to order from a local window company as it was a odd size- water leaked through the handle, the seal didnt work and started steaming up inside the glazing.

i would reccommend b & Q

hope this helps
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