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How long does double glazing last?

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The reason for this question is that my DG is really rubbish. All the handles are loose or breaking off.

And now my bathroom window is locked shut. Can't open it. Even took off a good handle and fitted and still no go.

I have no idea how long ago it was fitted. I suspect it was approx 1995. Have I just got cheap nasty windows or is it something else.

Thanks in advance.

Yours

Calley
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  • jfdijfdi Forumite
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    Ours got a bit dodgy too, as the years passed (current lot was installed about 1991).

    We got a local DG chap to 'service' it for us - replacing broken handles, fixing hinges, replace popped panes etc. Good as new now!
    :mad: :j:D:beer::eek::A:p:rotfl::cool::):(:T
  • SailorSamSailorSam Forumite
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    I suppose buying DG is the same as everything else, some companies are more expensive but then do you get what you pay for.
    And how can the layman tell what he's getting ?
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  • you should normally aim to get 15 to 20 years with pvc, we always reccomend our customers to give the pvc a wipe down with some soapy water every few months, lightly oil or spray hinges and moving parts yearly (doors/opening windows). from time to time you may need to replace the odd handle/hinge from usage and the odd double glazed unit. local companies can service for usually not a lot of money.
  • Hardwood frames will last a lifetime if maintained properly, and just cost slightly more than plastic. Its a shame everyone has bought into the UPVC scam.
  • SailorSam wrote: »
    I suppose buying DG is the same as everything else, some companies are more expensive but then do you get what you pay for.
    And how can the layman tell what he's getting ?

    unfortunately buying double glazing is not all the same a lot of companies use poorer materials to maximise profits, you should always research what products they are using and compare quotes and products with other companies
    If you go local you usually get a family run business who dont talk nonsence and dont come out with all the fancy brochures or laptops and bore you to death, you just want a company to come round measure up and give you a price no fancy talking!
  • Hardwood frames will last a lifetime if maintained properly, and just cost slightly more than plastic. Its a shame everyone has bought into the UPVC scam.
    What scam? :confused:

    We had Anglian Windows fully double glaze our house nearly 25 years ago.

    We haven't had a single problem. None of the sealed units have yet failed and every opening window still opens easily without any sticking. It all still looks in excellent almost new condition.

    All we do is clean the glass when needed and occasionally clean the white PVC and the channels and hinges etc in the openers.

    Buy quality double glazing, look after it and it should last for many decades.
  • SailorSamSailorSam Forumite
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    unfortunately buying double glazing is not all the same a lot of companies use poorer materials to maximise profits, you should always research what products they are using and compare quotes and products with other companies
    If you go local you usually get a family run business who dont talk nonsence and dont come out with all the fancy brochures or laptops and bore you to death, you just want a company to come round measure up and give you a price no fancy talking!

    I spent a couple of years selling for Everest, even though i'm not there now i still believe they are one of the best. Having said that when i got my own house done i went to a smaller local firm. I can see that these aren't quite as good but they were less than half the price.
    It's a bit like, i drive a Ford and i really wanted a Porche.
    Liverpool is one of the wonders of Britain,
    What it may grow to in time, I know not what.

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  • SuzkinSuzkin Forumite
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    Hardwood frames will last a lifetime if maintained properly, and just cost slightly more than plastic. Its a shame everyone has bought into the UPVC scam.

    Hi,

    I still have hardwood frames. Inside the frames are perfectly fine; outside, they are rotting (i.e. the varnish has gone and the wood has 'ridges').

    What is the best way to go about repairing them? :rolleyes: I don't want to pay for double glazing: can't afford it! :o

    Thanks.
  • ormusormus Forumite
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    i have a Leanto but i really wanted a Porch.
    Get some gorm.
  • Secret_LadySecret_Lady Forumite
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    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
    ormus wrote: »
    i have a Leanto but i really wanted a Porch.
    :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
    Grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can and the wisdom to know it's me"
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