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    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 13th Mar 17, 4:29 PM
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    How much mess does replacing windows make?
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    • 13th Mar 17, 4:29 PM
    How much mess does replacing windows make? 13th Mar 17 at 4:29 PM
    I've got a couple of quite rotten sash windows that are going to need replacing with double glazing in the near future, and I'm wondering how disruptive or messy the process will be?
    The rooms the windows are in need redecorating anyway and new carpets, which I was planning to do in the next few months. But if replacing the windows is likely to cause a huge amount of mess then I would rather hold off on doing anything until they're all sorted.
    A few people have told me that it's a relatively easy job and that they just 'pop out and back in again' but It can't be completely mess free, surely?
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    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 13th Mar 17, 5:16 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 5:16 PM
    I've got a couple of quite rotten sash windows that are going to need replacing with double glazing in the near future, and I'm wondering how disruptive or messy the process will be?
    The rooms the windows are in need redecorating anyway and new carpets, which I was planning to do in the next few months. But if replacing the windows is likely to cause a huge amount of mess then I would rather hold off on doing anything until they're all sorted.
    A few people have told me that it's a relatively easy job and that they just 'pop out and back in again' but It can't be completely mess free, surely?
    Originally posted by fairy lights
    It need not be very messy.

    However, I would leave the decorating until after the windows have been replaced.
    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 13th Mar 17, 5:29 PM
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    A simple "one out, one in" shouldn't cause much mess at all providing that the window company has all of the measurements correct.
    However, there is a possibility that when the old windows are taken out that some of the surrounding plaster and brickwork falls out and if this is the case, a bit more work will need doing.

    Have the installers done a check to ensure that there is an adequate lintel in place as it was quite often the case that when wooden windows were installed, they were strong enough to take a structural load without a lintel being fitted, something that isn't the case with uPVC or aluminium frames.
    If a lintel does need to be fitted, there will be quite a bit of mess due to the work required.
    • thebaldwindowfitter
    • By thebaldwindowfitter 13th Mar 17, 10:41 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 10:41 PM
    are these sliding sash windows (box sash)because if so these do cause quite a lot of dust which can stay in the air for weeks so not quite what the other two posters have put
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Mar 17, 10:46 PM
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    I wasn't present when I had mine done, I left my dad "in charge" ... it's very messy in that they'll have no respect for the carpet down - and they'll be in and out multiple times through the day fiddling with it and traipsing in/out.

    Redecorate if it's only paint - if it's wallpaper do it after, or leave that wall. For carpets, do that after the windows are finished ....

    There's potentially a lot of dust created too ... lots ... which will all get trodden into the carpet.

    I had 6' high 3 windows replaced, Victorian sashes ... and the new windows needed a lot of coaxing/fitting, with random bits of wood and expanding foam used (to be honest I thought they bodged it, but I wasn't there to shout out at the time and question their methods).
    • Chanes
    • By Chanes 13th Mar 17, 11:07 PM
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    Not much in my experience.
    • zaax
    • By zaax 13th Mar 17, 11:27 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 11:27 PM
    Non at all as they should clear up after themselves.
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    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 13th Mar 17, 11:39 PM
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    Have the installers done a check to ensure that there is an adequate lintel in place as it was quite often the case that when wooden windows were installed, they were strong enough to take a structural load without a lintel being fitted, something that isn't the case with uPVC or aluminium frames.
    If a lintel does need to be fitted, there will be quite a bit of mess due to the work required.
    Originally posted by shaun from Africa
    Quite a few old properties had a wooden lintel supporting the brickwork. As long as this is left well alone, there shouldn't be too much trouble or mess.

    A cautionary tail when the wooden lintel is chopped out - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5320553
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