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    • childofbaahl
    • By childofbaahl 9th Mar 17, 4:26 AM
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    Advice on Double glazing - Forewarned is forwarmed!
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    • 9th Mar 17, 4:26 AM
    Advice on Double glazing - Forewarned is forwarmed! 9th Mar 17 at 4:26 AM
    Sorry if this isn't quite the right fit but this seemed the best place to ask and I will be updating with quotes as I go.

    So... I am looking at replacing 4 windows at the back of my property within the next year and will be getting quotes from companies over the next month or so to get ideas of cost and what sums to save up for. I'm based on the south coast in East Sussex and this will be the first time I've ever dealt with replacement windows and I have no real idea of what I should be looking for. To that end I thought it prudent to check here for advice on what to ask and what to look out for before I get the companies in so that they can provide the most accurate quotes and I can get the right kind of windows for my needs.

    Getting down to it - The windows that are in the property at the back are 25+ year old aluminium framed double glazing. They are all large square lower panes with smaller rectangular upper panes that open out and I would like to keep that style apart from one of the lower windows which I would also like to have a lower opening so I can get a set of ladders in and out.

    I am replacing them as 3 of the 4 have what I think is termed as blown seals and the upper opening panes are actually cloudy. the windows don't seal fully anymore and most are draughty and don't really stand up to snuff when trying to keep the heat in. The surrounds are all wooden and quite thick so they'll have to be replaced which will probably affect the cost too. I can take photos and find a way to upload if that helps, let me know.

    I'm looking for standard white uPVC frames with nothing special or fancy really. No lead or designs apart from obscured glass for the bathroom upstairs. My neighbours' windows are plain and simple so would be in keeping with the area I suppose. The back of the house has never been especially loud or disruptive and I sleep with ear plugs when working nights but I would want good thermal retention and well made as I plan to stay in my home for a long time to come.

    Specifics:
    Dining room = 1100cm x 1800cm (fixed pane next to a side opening pane with a full length horizontal opening above them)
    Kitchen = 1100cm x 1550cm (fixed pane with horizontal opening above)
    Bedroom = 1100cm x 1600cm (could go with either of the dining room or kitchen styles)
    Bathroom = 950cm x 1200cm (obscured glass but same as kitchen with a trickle vent for humidity regulation.)

    I'm not 100% settled on the design as I may go for the 2 opening design throughout, not sure if the solitary horizontal opening at the top above a large square pane will be difficult if modern windows are mass produced (all be it to order.) Maybe there's some sort of health and safety aspect to building regs' that state there must be fire safety aspects so people can get out in case of emergencies... I have read here that national companies charge per frame (say 5 for a bay window and not sure how that would work if I go for the large fixed pane and smaller opening above) Sorry if I'm making a fool of myself but thought it best to ask those in the know then get ripped off by a salesman who thinks he can take me for a ride as I'm not in the know.

    With regard to materials I have done some preliminary research and read up on R-rating and U-rating so I'm good there but I don't really know many types of glass other then Pilkington-K and that's mainly through being bombarded with it from adverts between Coronation street growing up.

    Let me know if there's anything else that could be of use that I can provide and thank you in advance for taking the time to read this lengthy piece and for any and all help that is given.
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    • thebaldwindowfitter
    • By thebaldwindowfitter 9th Mar 17, 8:46 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 8:46 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 8:46 PM
    Around £1500 up ere in the north in white
    if you think peoples advice is helpfull please take the time to clicking the thank you button it gives great satisfaction
    • childofbaahl
    • By childofbaahl 20th Mar 17, 12:46 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 12:46 PM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 12:46 PM
    Safestyle quote:
    • 4 'Eco Diamond' windows (Pilkington Optifloat outer and K inner) with 4 relines due to wooden surrounds to old windows;
    • U rating of 1.4;
    • Toughened glass in 2 of the 4 due to distance from floor and obscured glass in bathroom;
    • ;
    • £2600.
    • childofbaahl
    • By childofbaahl 22nd Mar 17, 3:34 PM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 3:34 PM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 3:34 PM
    Local quote 1:
    4 Deceuninck '2500' windows with 4 full relines due to old box sash surrounds;
    U rating of 1.3;
    Toughened glass as above;
    Same design as above;
    £2500 or
    £2040 for a part box sash removal where they just line the inner most side of the window in Upvc
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