Double Glazing Advice

Discover everything you need to know about double glazing services, including double glazing prices, products and services. You can also easily read reviews and find contact information for local and national Double Glazing companies across the UK.

How much is double glazing? Where can I find double glazing advice? Find the answers on Thomson Local

What are the Benefits of Double Glazing?

Enjoy a warmer house during the winter and a cooler house during the summer. Keep your family and valuables safe with increased security against intruders and get richer by increasing the re-sale value of your home.

Other benefits of double glazing include:

  • Enjoy great savings on your household energy bills
  • Improve the visual appeal of your home
  • Reduce the risk of frost, condensation or damp build-up
  • Gain peace and quiet thanks to decreased noise pollution
Benefits of double glazing include reduced energy bills, greater security against theft and damage and improved property re-sale value.

Double Glazing Questions & Answers

Are you looking for double glazing advice or need answers to the most common double glazing questions? Check out this handy FAQ to find out everything you need to know.

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  • How much does double glazing cost?
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    The average cost of uPCV windows is around £2000 for a 4 window flat or bungalow and around £5000 for a 10 window house. Of course prices may vary based on region, quality and manufacturer so these figures should only be used as a guide.

  • Can I choose double glazing styles or choose from different double glazing materials?
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    Yes many double glazing companies will offer a range of styles, materials and colours to match the existing look and feel of your property.

  • Can I get custom made double glazing such as bespoke windows and doors?
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    Your windows and doors will usually be made to measure based on the existing dimensions of your property. However if you have unusually large windows or require a specialist bespoke shape then it’s best to make this clear when you request a quote.

  • Can I visit a double glazing showroom to get a feel for the product?
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    Many double glazing companies have a showroom where you can see the products up close and gain an understanding of the quality. If they don’t have a showroom it wouldn’t be unreasonable to ask to see a sample of the product before agreeing to any work.

  • What is a CE mark?
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    The CE marking stands for Conformité Européene which means European Conformity. The mark is a signature of quality and all windows and doors must bear the mark so they can be sold throughout the UK and Europe.

  • Is there a double glazing warranty or aftercare option?
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    When purchasing double glazing it’s worth asking aftercare. Most double glazing products can last 30 years or more if they are properly maintained. You should also ask if any warranties are available as this may vary between suppliers.

  • Does the double glazing company have their own double glazing fitters or do they subcontract?
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    If a double glazing company has its own internally trained fitting team you would expect certain steps to be taken to ensure a quality service is delivered. If the company outsources to external contractors its worth asking if the contractors are fully qualified to carry out the job.

  • How are things like conservatory planning restrictions handled?
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    As long as your property isn’t a flat or designated as listed, in a conservation area or under an article 4 direction you shouldn’t require any special permission to have double glazing products fitted. However we recommend you contact your local authority to be certain. Planning permission normally takes between 6-8 weeks to be considered.

  • Should I get a double glazing quote?
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    Absolutely. It’s always a sensible idea to get a written copy of any agreements, especially financial agreements. This protects you later on down the line if you ever need to refer back to the terms of the agreement.

  • What is the difference between a national and local double glazing company?
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    National double glazing companies tend to have a higher profile due to an investment in advertising and branding. They tend to specialise in uPVC frames over aluminium frames due to the higher margins that can be achieved by mass producing the uPVC frames themselves.

    Local double glazing companies tend to advertise locally and rely on reputation to attract customers. It’s also more common for local double glazing companies to provide handmade aluminium frames in addition to uPCV. This is due to the difficulty and relatively lower return on mass producing aluminium frames.

  • What are window energy ratings why they matter?
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    Every window is awarded an energy efficiency rating by the British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC) as an indication of its thermal performance. The ratings are given on a rainbow coloured scale of energy efficiency – with A+ (purple) being the best and G (brown) being the lowest.

    The energy efficiency of your windows is a reflection of how well insulated your property is against the outside elements and can have a direct bearing on your energy bills.

  • How long does double glazing take to install?
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    Installation times will vary from house to house and the styles you have chosen, however generally speaking you can expect an entire house to be fitted with new double glazed windows within three to five days.

  • Will I need to decorate after having double glazing fitted?
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    Every care will always be taken to install uPVC windows without any damage to your property, however some window types such as timber frames may require touch ups and finishing after installation. Always check with your double glazing supplier to find out in advance if this is likely to be the case so you can plan ahead.

  • How is the disposing of old windows handled?
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    Many double glazing companies will ensure old frames and materials are correctly recycled with the environment in mind. Check in advance with your double glazing supplier if in doubt.

  • What is a double glazing insurance backed guarantees?
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    As of 2014 it is a legal requirement for double glazing companies to offer an insurance backed guarantee with any installations carried out. This helps to protect your financial rights in the event of the company ceasing trading.

  • Triple glazing vs double glazing, which is better?
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    Both double and triple glazing offer fantastic energy saving and heating benefits. Whilst triple glazing offers only minor energy saving improvements over double glazing, many people still report a noticeable improvement in the temperature of their home.

  • Are double glazing salesman commission based?
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    A reputation persists that commission based national sales reps tend to be trained on high pressure sales tactics rather than the double glazing products they are selling. This is in contrast to independent local double glazing firms who are believed to pay their sales staff a salary without any expectation of them to pressure customers into close a deal. We would recommend using your own best judgment when dealing with double glazing sales reps.

  • How do I find the best Double Glazing companies?
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    You can easily find the best double glazing companies in your area using Thomson Local. Simply perform a search using the link above and enter your location to see a list of your local double glazing companies. This list uses our reviews filter to order results by reviews and ratings – giving you an accurate impression of what local customers think about the services they have received.

  • How can I get Double Glazing Repairs near me?
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    It’s easy to get your window and door repaired using Thomson Local. The double glazing companies that we list can help you with many common double glazing issues with uPVC, aluminium and wooden frames. Simply use the link above to get help with common issues such as fogged or misted windows, cracked window units, sticking patio door rollers, broken window hinges and faulty locks on windows and doors.

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How much does double glazing cost?

The average cost of uPCV windows is around £2000 for a 4 window flat or bungalow and around £5000 for a 10 window house. Of course prices may vary based on region, quality and manufacturer so these figures should only be used as a guide.

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