DIY Double Glazing Styles

One thing you won’t be short of when thinking about installing you own double glazing is choice. For starters, are you looking to fit UPVC, wooden or aluminium frames? By far the most popular material is UPVC because it is such a good insulator, extremely low maintenance and the cheapest of the 3 options. Add in that it?s durable, recyclable and fade resistant and you can see why it comes out the winner. If you do chose UPVC though, it?s worth having a word with a professional supplier first as this is the only material that needs to be fitted to expand, making fitting and measuring up a little more involved.

Light weight, durable aluminium frames are another option, although not great insulators. Wooden frames are great insulators and often look the most beautiful, but keep in mind that in essence they are a bespoke piece of joinery and as such involve a considerable investment financially and your own time to maintain them, including rubbing down and repainting every 3 – 5 years.

Once you have decided on material, it’s worthwhile doing a little “window shopping”. Look at houses in your area or of similar type and age and see what catches your eye. Generally speaking the more in keeping with the style of the property the better your DIY double glazing will look.

There is a lot of variety in the world of double glazed windows; here are just some of the options you can choose from:

  • All white or woodgrain finishes – (woodgrain is usually more expensive options)
  • White or brass handles
  • Egress hinges, known as fire escape hinges for easy access
  • Twist and turn hinge technology so you can clean your windows from inside
  • Patterned or opaque glass i.e. for bathrooms
  • Leaded windows, bevelled or coloured glass

Remember that if you live in a listed building or within a conservation area there strict regulations governing the type of replacement windows you can install. Always check with your local authority first before beginning any project. Similarly even if your property is not listed or in an area of natural beauty, it is always a good idea to check with a knowledgeable supplier or local authority before any work gets underway.

Homeowners are ultimately responsible for adhering to UK building regulations and getting the necessary planning permission and although often not required for windows, there are caveats, for example replacing a standard window with a bay window can be classed as an extension and so require planning permission. Whether you do all the legislative homework yourself or choose to speak to a few local suppliers to get some expert advice, you might find the following pages particularly useful before you embark on the next phrase of your project: