Is there any type of spray expanded foam doesn't eventually contract?
Builders used expanded foam to seal the double glazing they were installing, for first few years it was great but now they have such a poor seal the curtains blow in a breeze with windows closed.
The installers have gone out of business, do all installers use expanded foam, is there a permanant alternative?
Question answered by Bob
When they install PVCu windows,any gap between the frame and the masonary they usually fill with expanding foam,however some installers actually fit external PVCu beads,which are stuck in place with clear silicon.
Can anyone recomend a good double glazing company?
Can anyone recomend a good double glazing company?
Question answered by Mr. K
You can contact doubleglazing-window.co.uk for double galzing work. Their double glazing installers have extensive experience and are certified or registered members of GGF, FENSA. They are expertise in install double glazing, upvc windows or double glazed windows.
What just happened to the window pane in my room and what to do about it?
I heard a light cracking noise so I looked where it came from and discover a crack on one window pane. I felt the glass to see if it was all the way through and I can only feel a little roughness on the inside. The glass is double glazing that wasn't put in all too long ago (like under a year). So can glass just crack by itself? What exactly would cause that?
And what to do about it? Does the whole window pane need to be replaced? Or is there another way? The guy who put in these windows was supposed to do the whole house but he has been a waste of time and claimed he would finish it multiple times and never showed up (don't look at me, I didn't have any say in it) so thinking of calling him up is ridiculous (the retard who got him to do it even suggested this, ha).
Question answered by uuchurchlady
Call the manufacturer of the window. That is a defect and if the windows are less than a year old their should be a manufacturers warrenty to cover the replacement. Of course if you are dealing with a fly-by-night installer then you have a whole nother problem on your hands.
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Question answered by Mr. K
Contact doubleglazing-window.co.uk or Call 0800 612 6810 for double glazing window, double glazed residential doors installing. They have extensive experience and are certified or registered members of GGF, FENSA. So you will get satisfied work from them.
I recently had new double glazing fitted but I am having a problem with it?
While I know I will have condensation on the glass during cold weather my problem is different. The actual frames of the windows are UPVC but the window sills and facings are wood,
I have water running down the corners where the UPVC meets the wood and along the bottom where they meet and this will obviously rot the wood, given time.
Should this be happening and, if so, how can I stop it.
Question answered by Bob the Boat
Sounds like a shoddy job.
No way should uPVC be allowed to soak woodwork.
You are right in that the wood will rot in time, and they should of bonded the windows to brickwork.
There should be silicon sealant around the frames, and if you wish to retain a wooden cill, it should of been duly weatherproofed.
Not just varnished, as that will dissapear.
I would have firm words with the installer
What do you clean WHITE PLASTIC CLADDING and DOUBLE GLAZING with?
There must be products on the market, but what can I use that I already have in to clean and perhaps guard against stains ect.,
What do you recommend, what have you tried?
I am sitting waiting to go out and do battle right now, so any hints or tips would be greatfully appreciated!!!
Question answered by le_coupe
The best stuff to use often is window cleaner - the clear spray stuff, not the pink / white gear. That will shift most marks.
The absolute best is the proper UPVC cleaner you can buy from window installers etc. Note that this stuff is similar to paint thinner (solvent) and will take the 'top' off the plastic so use it carefully and sparingly.
Our house is so hot without any heating or heat source - any ideas what the cause is?
We live in a 1970's concrete block/brick/pvc cladding house in UK - our health has been poor since living here and I couldn't work out why. After 6 years of struggling I was given a thermometer and our house is about 26/27 degree all the time without anything on at all. Today it's 19 degree outside but 27 indoors - I have since bought another couple of thermometers in case the first one was faulty but they all read the same. I know a lot of my double glazed windows need replacing as the seal has suddenly gone. Any ideas would be appreciated as I'm sick of feeling so tired and rundown which I assume has something to do with the constant heat - the kids have trouble sleeping as it's about the same temperature during the night. Originally the house had hot-air heating but I've even covered over the only vent I've found - we've got central heating but never put it on. We all now suffer from asthma and allergic rhinitis. It's social housing and they say there's nothing they can do!
Question answered by cissie s
I live in a block of flats made from brick, our flats are well insulated in the Summer months our flat is much hotter inside then it is outside. (much worse if cooking indoors like in the oven)
We run portable fans in most of the rooms to help circulate the air and we keep the windows open (when not raining and at home) even though we both have horrible allergies as it is too hot not to have the windows open.
We live on the top floor and have neighbours to the left and below us - the neighbour below never opens his windows so the heat in his flat makes our flat just that much hotter. Thats because heat rises.
In one room in our flat, a very small box room we made into a little office we have set up a portable air conditioner as long as we keep the door closed in that room it stays cool.
Social houseing - will not install Air conditioning even for the elderly who are more subseptable (sorry about spelling) to heat stroke and other heat related ailments.
I talked to my housing official and they told me if I wanted to have air conditioning installed that I would have to get permission from the "council" . The Council said that as England is mostly cold and rainy except for a few weeks during the year they would not approve this for our block of flats. but if we wanted to we could get portable air conditioners for every room (which is really expensive) and we could have the vent pipe hang out the window. When I questioned why the housing office which is located in our block of flats could have the vent pipe in attached to the window and not hanging out so that the window remained closed they said well that is different its our office.
Anyway before I go on about this more than I should... Perhaps your Council or social housing officer would approve you to get Air conditioning even if it is portable or perhaps based on health reasons they might help you to have central air conditioning installed (cost of about £1200-£1500) Air conditioning installers also have allergy filters for the air vents they will install in your home.
The summer heat is lasting longer and getting hotter and I do believe the the council should help it's tenents.
People with allergies can't often keep their windows open due to the pollen in the air.
Perhaps if your doctor can prove that air conditioning will help you with your ailments then perhaps the council will do something to help -
Also to help keep you cool if you place a cool damp cloth on the back of your neck it will help
You can also get sun screens for your windows (shades) that will still allow air to circulate and reflect the sun away from your windows
Portable air conditioners can be costly - the one I have is 9000 btu and only really cools off the room the size of 4 feet by 3 feet and only with the door shut and will bring the temp in the room to 19-20 degrees
There are larger models and some are split (which means they have a vent that needs to be placed outside or in the loft (attic) our council wouldn't approve the split one for us but you might have better luck.
The split models are a bit more powerful and will cool a larger area.
make sure that if you get a portable air conditioner it is NOT an evaporative cooler/airconditioner (that you add water to and it circulates) as with the Humidity (and as the humidity rises) it will not cool but make it even more humid in your house.
double glazed windows?
Does double glazed windows need to have the aluminium strip between the two panes of glass and what is it called and what is it for?
Mine only seems to have black rubber between the glass?
Question answered by My name's MUD
Your window panels do not contain gas, but they are made by putting two pains of glass together with a gap in between them, which is just air. air is a great insulator when it is trapped, indeed a cavity wall construction is exactly that, a cavity with trapped air within it.
The aluminium trims you refer to are filled with a silica jel based particle which 'suck' in or soak up this airbourne moisture, although the unit is 'sealed' is is neither a vacuum, or a gas filled space.
These Silica particles hold the moisture within them during the entire life of each sealed unit or pain of glass, this is usually 10-12 years. At this point they may start to steam up.
The trims now come in many colours, gold, black, silver, cream, and white are now commonly used. You are likely to have a 10mm gap between the pains of glass, although this can vary depending on specification and is sometimes 6 or 8 mm.
If you live near a railway line or airport, you may even have tripple glazing, for sound proofing benefits.
The trims you mention are in fact tubes which contain silica particles, these are similar to the small paper packets found in shoe boxes which prevent the shoes from perishing whilst stored in their boxes.
This is why the trims often appear to have small holes in them, which the moisture in the trapped air is 'sucked though' by a process called capillary action.
If your windows are fairly recent, there will be a series of numbers stamped onto the trim. This will give the reader the exact date the panel was made. This is handy to establish the likleyhood of them failing, as they have a limited lifespan.
All windows must now be fitted by a FENSA certified installer, and this is due to regulations within the construction industry.
i have double glazed aluminum windows with just the top part opening outwards?
the bottom part on two of them has steam inside and are drafty in winter. can these be repaired please
Question answered by Fred K
Yes how much do you want to spend!
you have possibly 2 problems.
Depends how old the windows are, early aluminium ones had solid frames and so transmit the heat leading to cold and condensation. More recent ones had a thermal break and were less prone.
The rubber seals can also degrade causing draughts, or is the draught around the edge?
The fogged panes can be replaced with new sealed units
Alternatively replace the whole frame with modern upvc and high eficiency double glazing.
Major work on windows now has to be don by a FENSA registered installer (or notified to the council building control)
Get some quotes from local independent glass shops rather than the big firms
How can I make my business work ?
I have had my own business now for 4 years and design and sell top of the range kitchens but at trade prices. I am now doing this full time but am not very busy at all. I feel the prices I sell them for I should be rushed off my feet but am finding it hard any advice would be great ?
Question answered by Steve B
The DIY market is indeed price sensitive .. however you are in the 'custom design' market which is a LOT LESS price sensitive = people who can afford to pay a few thousand for a custom design typically do not care if the taps cost £100 (rather than £10).
Perahps you need to be advertising on the 'boards' at B&Q Warehouse etc. - a byline such as "Get your Kitchen designed and installed for DIY Prices" might catch attention ..
If you have a relative with time available perhaps you could do a 'deal' that allows you to sell within the store ? (my local DIY store let's the Mum of the local Double Glazing installer 'tout for business' in the isles after the tills - no doubt the store gets some sort of commission for any she sells...)
Also = the MAIN source of custom should be recommendations by your existing customers ... are you making the most of this ?