Self fit or installed uPVC?
Just about to move into my first place 2 bed maisonette (1st and 2nd floor) which has single glazed upvc windows (ex council i think). i want to do all the windows double glazed but am unsure wether its better to buy myself and get fitted (not sure how hard a job this is) or pay a firm to supply and fit..
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Sizing is very important if it is not done correctly major work may need to be done. I would recommend going with a reputable firm to measure and fit. If you buy the widows the have them fit, They may easily change a price on a quote because of your error.
If the sizing is not right, you could own windows that won't
I thought old council houses had steel frame windows (the one i lived in years ago did!) As UPVC is relatively modern i'm suprised the window pane itself isn't double glazed.
I have replaced single pane windows with the double glazed variety before but the frames were wooden, so were easy to adjust to take the extra thickness of the new pane.
The glass was really easy to do as you don't have to be millimeter perfect and was quite inexpensive to buy.
if I was thinking of replacing one UPVC window for another i'd seriously attempt it as the old one is easy to remove and you can measure that one when you order the new.
As for fitting, you'll learn all you need when you see how the old one was fitted, they use frame fixings which are very long screws in long rawl plugs that get hammered in instead of screwed, through a hole that gets drilled through the frame and into the brick.
Then any gaps are filled using expanding foam, then trim is put up to cover the mess!
Bottom line... I'd do some research first, see if you can get hold of blow by blow instructions, maybe try a small window and if the confidence still isn't there.... get the pro's in.
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