DIY Double Glazing: Fitting Tips
Below are some basic?DIY double glazing fitting tips. Whilst you are probably looking forward to this new challenge and it is of course doable, bear in mind that installing double glazing is specialist work. Local fitters make it look easy, but it can be very tricky. Take your time, be safe and good luck!
Window frames of any material, UPVC, timber or aluminium are not designed to be load bearing. Before you even think about ordering or fitting double glazing, make sure you are compliant with current UK building regulations, have a lintel in place if required and have all the necessary planning permissions. If in doubt it?s worth having a word with a local supplier, it?s free advice you?d be silly not to heed particularly given the costs involved in rectifying problems like these.
Use quality materials. UK building regulations designed to reduce CO2 levels are stringent when it comes to the quality and U-Values of the glazing you can install in either new buildings or replacement glazing. Plus, if you are going to all this time and effort to do the job right, the last thing you need is for your workmanship to be undermined by poor quality products. Take time to source reputable local suppliers and always get 2 to 3 quotes.
Take your time. If you?ve made the decision to see this through to the end, you?re going to have to except it is going to eat into your spare time. Take all the time you need to prepare, get the necessary advice and when fitting your windows remember; more haste, less speed.
As with all DIY projects, you may well save money in the long run, but remember there is invariably going to be an initial outlay on materials and acquiring the necessary tools to do the job.
Considering hiring the more specialist tools you?re going to need and make sure you are familiar with how to operate them before you start work
Plan ahead. This is more than likely going to be a 2 person job. Make sure you?ve got someone to help lend a hand even if it?s just securing the ladder and helping with the correct positioning of the frames and units.
Prepare your area carefully. The complete removal of the old windows is just as important as the new installation. Be meticulous and think dustsheets, dustsheets, dustsheets!
Carefully remove the old glass first by breaking it and clearing it from the frame. Have a plastic bucket standing by for all the broken glass.
Keep a careful eye on the time. Ideally you want this job done in a day. Having to board up brick openings because you?ve run out of natural day light is added time and expense you could do without.
Safety first, especially if using ladders. Take your time, have someone else around to help you and use all recommended safety equipment, mainly heavy duty gloves and goggles.
Start with the smallest, simplest frame first, just to help get acquainted with the process before tackling bigger, trickier windows or doors.
A useful tip when using sealants to you cut the nozzle bluntly rather than on an angle as is common. Also work by pushing away from you, this can be tricky at first as the instinct is to drag it towards you.
Remember that UPVC windows expand and contract depending on the weather, therefore don?t over tighten fixings, they need to be secure, but with enough margin to move.
Don?t hang back on asking for advice. Installing?DIY double glazing is a big and specialist undertaking. It?s a good ask your supplier to show you the knack of fitting the beads, this is important to get right and changes depending on the glazing supplied, so have a practice yourself whilst they are still onsite.
One real drawback when installing your own double glazing, as opposed to having the professionals come in and do it for you, is the disposal of the old glass and frames. Make arrangements for this before you remove them!
If possible you don?t want to be going this job in the middle of winter, pick a nice sunny day preferably midsummer so you have optimum day light hours.