Double glazing is a waste of time here unless its in a double brick house or stone built house or a timber framed house built to the correct spec not the Aus specs where its only timber studs with glasswool in between them.
Hi Ian, I'm glad we are getting different views on here, as its boring if there all the same. Do you think by having the option, people may also start to improve the overall insulation of their property?
We have had our windows tinted, have secondary glazing, draught excluders around the windows and doors and we have solar panels fitted - all of this adds up to an energy efficient house that on the whole keeps warm in winter and cool in summer and generates enough solar power to cover our electricity and gas bills plus still be in credit which we use towards paying the water bill. We also have reverse cycle airconditioning, so at the flick of a switch we have heating or cooling.
So if you could have had all the problems sorted just by have uPVC windows fitted, at the same sort of cost, do you think you would have chosen that? I'm not including solar in that.
I think you will find UPVC is not the 'norm' here in Adelaide - I have only ever heard of one company that used UPVC and they were very expensive
Double glazing is not 'the norm ' either my son does do if -he has his own glaziers buisness but its normally on bigger buildings not houses
I have always said UPVC double glazing is one of the things I miss but you would need to remember the sun is lethal on windows etc
I know Rehau is a good name -we have friends in the UK who work in the same industry
Hi, its good you mention Rehau, been fitting it in the UK since the early 90's and still think its the best. The sun is lethal on uPVC and that is why the use a different compound in Asia. I have been to Dubai a few times and all of the windows are doubleglazed to keep the heat out, the vast majority being uPVC.
Hi NicF, thanks for the information, sounds quite positive to me. Is it ahouse you are building for yourself?
Hi, yes it is a house for us, although we are using Sekisui House to build it for us. It's quite normal over here to buy a block of land and then engage a builder to build it. New estates are mostly built on the same basis, or by house and land packages where you sign up with a particular builder to build a particular house on a particular block. We decided early on we wanted UPVc windows and realised that most builders don't use them as standard so investigated for ourselves, which is why we know there are a few places that do them. In the end our builder kind of deterrmined which company we used. I know a competitor builder uses the same company so maybe that had a bearing on the decision.
I own a uPVC double glazing company here in Adelaide and am therefore in a position to offer you advice. What I would say in short is you must do your homework thoroughly before committing to anything. The product is very expensive here, I would say at least 3 times that in the UK and that is mainly due to the cost of materials (everything here is imported) and the cost of manufacturing (a lot more legislation with cost implications here), starting up costs for this is significant.
Two companies have tried to set up and sell cheaply in the recent past and both ended up out of business - there are so many hidden costs, particularly in a location such as Adelaide. As I said, feel free to PM me I will help you all I can
Hi Stuart, think I may have spoken to you via your website? We have the same problems in the UK. As for legislation and extra costs, I think the UK is getting as bad. Thats for the companies rather than white van man. We will now have to CE mark our windows in July, more cost. This means if you fit IGUs from a different manufacture to your frames, you become the manufacturer? and have to be responsible for the CE marking. Just another wedge between those that comply and those that don't.
I've never specified uPVC in my life. Just don't understand why you would choose them over nice timber windows in the UK.
Timber requires too much maintenance for my liking. Our UPVc windows in the UK still looked like new 6 years after having them put in and required nothing more than a bit of a clean every now and then. If my timber garden furniture is anything to go by timber frames wouldn't last me more than a couple of years.....