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Double Glazing Replacement Windows – Is it worth finding an approved supplier?

You must have heard some of the alarming tales that seem to follow double glazing replacement windows installations. Last year over 22,000 double glazing cases were reported to the OFT, which tells me we need the protection of a genuine approved supplier programme.

The are considerable benefits to be obtained by using an approved supplier in Buckinghamshire

What is an approved double glazing replacement window supplier?

There are possibly several levels in which an approval system is appropriate, which is another good reason to find an approved “supplier”.

Firstly – even before you think about installation - make sure that the product itself is approved and that it conforms within the regulations which set standards such as minimum energy saving levels – these are set by the British Fenestration Rating Council.

Next deal with the installers and make sure that they are both FENSA approved and that they have also received direct product training – there are many different manufacturers out there and it would be comforting to think that your installer has actually practiced on the product before! As well as the FENSA approval a double bonus if they are also members of the Glass and Glazing Federation as membership here may also offer deposit indemnity.

Lots of us do not realise that these installations MUST comply with our building regs and that if you don’t use a FENSA approved supplier then you must get the installation inspected by your local authority.

Difficulties of finding a good Supplier in Buckinghamshire

I could come out with all kinds of reasons why many of us don’t get approved suppliers but the main reason is that many of us are just too nervous to ask them searching questions or demand proof of the reply. Even if we get an answer how would you know if it was true – we have very little opportunity to verify the facts


Advantages of Double Glazing and the benefits of replacing the windows

· Reduced energy bills.

· Lower carbon footprint.

· More comfortable home.

· Peace and quite.

· Low maintenance no need to constantly re-paint.

· Reduced condensation.

· Easier to sell the home.

The biggest differences between the various products tends to be found in the frames – in this section the intention is to offer a very simple jargon free explanation as to what the various facets are

Window Frame Materials used

1. Aluminium

2. Hard wood or soft wood

3. uPVC / PVCu / UPVC

Aluminium window frames

Fairly rare these days for the domestic home and often difficult to source unless you are looking for the industrial versions, where they are still popular and where style may not be regarded as important as security. They are quite expensive, have a tendency to suffer from condensation more easily than other types. They may be declined in conservation areas

Wooden window frames

Probably the choice of the traditionalist and certainly was until recently, the natural choice for period style properties. Since the UPVC styles also offer quality Woodgrain finishes it is not the automatic choice any longer. Wooden frames can look very impressive but they do err toward expensive and will require maintenance and will be prone to adverse weather conditions such as prolong sun. Check on the types of joints used and the age and quality of the timbers used – cheaper materials may be prone to warp or split

uPVC / PVCu / UPVC window frames

These are very popular and now and usually are the least expensive option. The plastics are one of the best insulates making them ideal for the purpose. They are very durable which, during its lengthy lifetime will require little or no maintenance. UPVC never rots, flakes, rusts or fades.

Most commonly seen in white, the technology has increased the range so that it can also now be acquired in Woodgrain finishes such as Mahogany and Oak.

uPVC frames, PVCu frames or UPVC frames are very secure as they are difficult to break or damage

Main types of double glazing replacement windows:

Casement windows

Most of us have lived at some time in houses with casement windows - these open away from the property and can be either left or right-hand opening. They are an open design letting in lots of light and in areas where there will be lots of glass are designed to take coloured or leaded top lights in order to add design interest, if required.

Sash windows

Sash windows or sliding sash windows are old friends having been around for centuries and are mostly seen in period homes, such as Victorian or Georgian style houses.

The modern double glazed sash windows will tend to avoid the traditional pitfalls which were centred on sticking and rattling plus the traditional requirements of weights and cords have gone.

Tilt and turn windows

These are a fairly modern invention, are very popular in double glazing replacement window installations. They are a great benefit where it is not safe to open the windows outwardly such as perhaps a ground floor opening onto a pavement.

They often have a dual function handle which allows the “tilt” for secure ventilation, the “turn” for cleaning, and excellent safety features especially for fire egress.

Energy saving from double glazing

I am often asked “Just how much will I save on energy costs?”

The question, without knowing the precise details of every home is difficult to say.

Everyone’s home will lose heat through the windows doors, the roof the walls, up chimneys etc. Double glazing is an effective way of reducing this energy loss and subsequently also reducing our heating bills.

The windows and doors will save more or less energy dependant upon the level of energy saving glass you opted for. Rather like the rating we now get on fridges etc approved suppliers will often offer energy rated windows with an A-rated window being the most efficient.

It is almost impossible to estimated what you will save on your energy bills as it will vary from house to house dependent upon – the number of windows, the age of the property, the condition of the roof, if the doors are double glazed, does it have cavity wall insulation, sufficient loft insulation, and draft-proofing etc

Search for an approved supplier in Buckinghamshire – We cover all the following areas:

Amersham, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Bierton, Bletchley, Bourne End, Buckingham, Chalfont St. Giles, Chalfont St. Peter, Chesham, Farnham Royal, Gerrards Cross, Great Missenden, Haddenham, High Wycombe, Iver, Marlow, Mentmore, Milton Keynes , Naphill, Newport Pagnell, Olney, Princes Risborough, Richings Park, Soulbury, Stoke Mandeville, Stoke Poges, Stokenchurch, Wendover, Weston Turville, Winslow and Wooburn Green

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Buckinghamshire – Did you know…?

Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. The county town is Aylesbury.

The county includes the Chiltern Hills to the South and the Vale of Aylesbury to the north. At 876 feet (267 m) above sea level, the two highest points are Coombe Hill near Wendover, and Haddington Hill in Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire, near Wendover where a stone marks the summit.

Today Buckinghamshire is a multi-cultural area, particularly in the larger towns. At the end of the nineteenth century some Welsh drover families settled in north Bucks. Aylesbury has a sizable Italian population, and Amersham has a large Polish community dating from the Second World War. Amersham is twinned with Krynica in Poland.

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