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    • delmonta
    • By delmonta 11th Mar 17, 10:26 PM
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    New doors and windows, so confused!
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    • 11th Mar 17, 10:26 PM
    New doors and windows, so confused! 11th Mar 17 at 10:26 PM
    Hi everyone

    I have trawled through endless threads but can't seem to reach a conclusion. Any help would be appreciated

    The Victorian terraced house i rent out needs a big new window in one room, new patio double doors and a new front door. I went to company in Bristol today and got a quote for all of these in Upvc and the front door in composite. It came to 3.5k. I really didn't think the composite door looked nice at all, not convincing wood effect, but better than a pvc one! Other than that the pvc window frames were just so chunky.

    So after some research it seems aluminium clad windows and doors are possible the best option, if not quite a lot more expensive. I still can't seem to work out if aluminium clad are more expensive than fully aluminium?

    Anyway, the other rooms mostly have pvc windows that were there when i bought it. Is it worth me buying aluminium clad windows and doors in a house that i will likely never live in, but only rent out, and when half the house has already got pvc windows. I don't like investing in cheap stuff that won't last long, but I'm guessing a few nicer windows in half the house won't make a huge difference when i sell the place?

    Other than that it's juts harder to find someone who will do the Aluminium clad stuff.

    I'm confused, but need to get it done soon as the tenants are complaining!

    Any suggestions or advice very welcome

    Thank you
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    • BOBS
    • By BOBS 11th Mar 17, 10:36 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 10:36 PM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 10:36 PM
    Maybe get quotes from other companies - maybe varying prices, different doors etc.
    If you dont intend living in the place - i would go with cheaper version ..... unless more expensive option would give you greater return.
    • Hoploz
    • By Hoploz 12th Mar 17, 4:57 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 4:57 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 4:57 AM
    There are different types of Upvc frame so it's worth shopping around getting a few quotes. Some frames are definitely slimmer than others.

    You can also get wood grain effect Upvc rather than smooth. Looks quite nice up close - it can still be cream or white but it has the texture of woodgrain to it. If I remember rightly, it was 30% dearer than plain smooth.

    However for a rental property, esp one which already has some Upvc then I think I'd stick to a cheaper style, but the slimmest for the cheapest cost. I think tenants would prefer the insulating qualities of the Upvc over period sensitive design.

    I really wouldn't mix aluminium windows with Upvc unless it's a special feature window or something.

    Are these sashes?

    I agree composite doors in a nice colour look far superior to Upvc.
    • delmonta
    • By delmonta 12th Mar 17, 9:11 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:11 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:11 AM
    Thanks for the replies. Maybe you are both right, to not spend lots of extra money on more expensive windows when i have pvc elsewhere in the house. I just hate the look of them!

    I found the wood effect pvc very unconvincing. I also thought the composite doors looked nothing like wood, but maybe it's still the best option for durability. I know a wooden door in a rental house will suffer over time
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