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Cost of Hardwood Windows in 2020

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Wooden windows can enhance the looks of any home. They are particularly well-suited to older homes, but they can easily improve the looks of a newly built home too. Compared to UPVC windows, wooden windows simply look better in unison with the brickwork of a home.

The biggest drawback to wooden windows, however, is that they are susceptible to weathering. And after some years, the constant barrage of wind, rain, and snow, as well as changing temperatures, can lead to the wooden windows deteriorating.

This makes the windows look worse, and it can also cause the seal to break, meaning that you will get a draft in your home. This is the main reason why someone would want to replace the windows in their home. But in some cases, you can have them repaired instead. We’ll cover all of this. Let’s first look at what types of hardwood windows are available.

What Type of Hardwood Windows are Available?

Wood window frame

If you’ve got wooden windows, then it’s likely that they will fall into two different categories. There are other types of window frames made from hardwood available, but most timber windows will be either ‘Box Sash Windows,’ or they will be ‘Casement Windows.’ It’s important to know which of the two that you’ve got or want to get as it will affect the cost of replacing them.

Box sash windows have been around for a long time, and their defining feature is that they can be opened and closed by sliding one of the panels (usually the bottom panel) vertically.

Casement windows are also a very common type of timber windows. These windows can be found in a variety of styles. Unlike box sash windows, casement windows open like a door. That means that they have a hinge that connects them to the window frames.

How Much do Windows Cost?

Man Replacing windows

Window prices will always differ on the type of windows that you buy, as well as the materials that you choose to have the windows made from. Prices will also depend on the fitters that you hire, as you will need to pay for their labour time.

Some styles of timber windows will always cost more than others. For example, you can always expect that the prices of casement-style windows are always a lot cheaper than box sash windows. In fact, you will find that the latter cost almost half of the former.

It’s also important to remember that wooden windows are always going to be more expensive than UPVC windows. When it comes to a wooden window, then the type of wood that is used for the timber windows will also impact on cost. Prices of timber windows that are made from woods like ebony or mahogany will cost a lot more than a light wood, such as oak.

What to Consider Before Purchasing New Hardwood Windows

Wooden window frames

It’s important to realise that you have options. Just because your window frames are weathered or you have found that your timber windows are letting in drafts doesn’t mean that you have to start the search to find new windows immediately.

When it comes to options, the first thing that you can consider is to call up a professional window fitter and ask them to visit your home. They will be able to look at your windows and doors and evaluate what the cause of the draft is, and they will also be able to recommend a solution to the draft problem.

For example, draft proofing is a much cheaper way of getting your home insulated without needing to spring for new windows. Professional window fitters will often offer free quotes for this service.

Window fitters might also recommend that you install a second layer of glazing to your timber windows. There are many different forms of secondary glazing available, and an expert window fitter will tell you what is best for your home.

A window fitter might also recommend repairing your timber windows.

All these jobs will cost different prices, but they tend to be cheaper than fitting new wooden windows. Cost has to be acknowledged when it comes to fitting completely new timber windows.

Wooden window prices are undoubtedly a lot more than a repair job, but if you’re intending on living in your home for a long time or you want to increase the value of the home due to the improvement of the looks, then it’s a safe investment.

And remember, a new window frame and window will be completely draft proof. This gives your home better insulation, so you’ll find your energy bills reduce too, as you won’t need to have the heating on for as long during those chilly winter or autumn nights.

Are Professional Window Fitters Required for Fitting New Windows?

Wndows installation worker

Professional window fitters spend all day fitting windows and doors into homes. They have encountered any issue that you might encounter fitting windows during their careers. They are experts for a reason. And because they are experts, it means that they charge large prices for their expertise.

Perhaps you’re wondering if those large prices are worth spending money on, especially after you’re already planning on spending a lot of money on your new hardwood windows. Because timber window prices are so high, then you should treat your newly made windows with caution.

Even if you are a very experienced home DIY person, it’s unlikely that you have the required skills to fit windows correctly. It’s always recommended that you employ professional window fitters to do the job. Imagine if you scratched your new wooden window when you were fitting it or discovered that your new wooden window is too large to fit into the space where your old wooden window used to sit.

Window prices are already high enough; it’s worth spending the extra cash on getting a professional window fitter in to do the job of fitting the wooden windows.

How to Reduce the Price of New Wooden Windows and Double Glazing

Roof window profile

Many people dread the thought of having to order windows. Why? Because there are so many horror stories of people paying extortionate prices for a new set of windows. There’s no doubt that there are some aggressive salespeople around who are keen to get you to overpay for your windows. Fortunately, there are some proven tips that you can follow to ensure that you don’t end up in this situation.

The first thing that anyone who wants to get their windows replaced needs to do. Research. Look around online. Acquaint yourself with the prices of windows. Check how much it costs for different materials. Measure each window in your home, so you know exactly what sizes you’re going to need to purchase.

Then start making calls. Remember, quotes are extremely helpful when it comes to reducing the price of a new window. Quotes save money and time in the long-term. And a lot of window companies are willing to provide them for free. So, get calling, get checking on the internet, and then you know what sort of money these companies are expecting for the job.

Once you’ve had some quotes, then you can isolate the companies that you want to deal with. Now it’s time to negotiate. Remember, at this point, you have got a few companies to choose from. You’re the one with the strongest bargaining position.

These companies will do all they can to pressure you into a quick decision, but no matter what they tell you, the short-term deal that they’re offering will still be there next week. And you should also remember that any numbers that are quoted to you should be done in writing.

Once you’ve got it in ink (or in an email) then you can refer to it going forwards, as there can be no backtracking, no new hidden costs, as everything is right there.

Another good way of negotiating with window manufacturing and fitting companies is to explain to them that you have a good relationship with the people on your road. Explain to them that several other houses on the road need window changes too.

The company will be keen to do a good job on your home as they will know that your neighbours might ask for them to do the same job on their homes.

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What Does Triple Glazing Cost in 2020?

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If you find yourself feeling a bit cold this winter, you may want to consider investing in triple glazed windows! Improper insulation could be responsible for around 20% of the heat lost from your home. Get back that 20% with triple glazed windows. You’ll feel warmer almost instantly with the proper insulation on your windows.

If you’re thinking about adding some triple glazing to your windows at home, you probably have a lot of questions. What are triple glazed windows? How much does triple glazing cost? What are the differences between triple glazing and double glazing? We will answer all of your questions and more below.

What are triple glazed windows?

a man opens a window

First things first, you need to understand what triple glazed windows are. You likely already have some sort of glazing on your windows without even knowing it! Another common form of glazing is called double glazing. It simply means that there are two panes of glass.

Triple glazing means that there are three panes of glass. These extra layers of glass work as a type of insulation to keep the elements out of your home. If you live in a climate with harsh winters, these extra layers are essential.

How does triple glazing work?

You’re probably used to adding a few extra layers of clothing during the winter months, and triple glazing works the same way. However, these layers of glazing work much better than an extra sweater or two! The difference here is that not only are more layers of glass added onto your windows, but there are also small gaps strategically placed between each pane of glass.

These gaps are then filled with air or a substance called argon, which is an insulating type of gas. Argon is heavier than air, making it even harder for heat to escape out of the window.

Triple glazing also features some other benefits! The extra pane of glass will block out any noise disturbances, are much harder to break, and can even add more value to your home.

But, before you install your triple glazed windows, make sure that the frame of your home can withstand the extra weight. You don’t want to install a triple glazed window just to be left with your house falling around you!

The cost of triple glazing

window profile with triple glazing

Now that you know how triple glazing works, you probably want to install them in your own home. But how much will it set you back? That’s an honest concern. To be frank, triple glazed windows cost more than double glazed windows.

To give you an idea, a standard installation of double glazed windows will typically cost around £465, while triple-glazed windows will typically cost £565. Keep in mind that the cost is just for one window.

In general, prices will vary depending upon which type of window you choose, as well as the size and the style of the window. You’ll have to take a look at your home and determine these factors before you head to a company for a price quote.

Here is a general idea of what you can expect to pay depending on the size of your home:

Single-family flat:

2 bedrooms with 4 windows: £1,940

Terraced home:

2 bedrooms with 5 windows: £2,425

Semi-detached home:

2 bedrooms with 7 windows: £3,395

Semi-detached home with more windows:

3 bedrooms with 9 windows: £4,365

Detached home:

3 bedrooms with 12 windows: £5,820

Detached home with more windows:

4 bedrooms with 15 windows: £7,275

So, as you can see above, if you have a large detached home with a lot of windows, the cost of triple glazing can be high. But, there is another thing that you should be aware of: the more windows you get triple glazed, the less expensive each window will cost. In some ways, the more triple glazed windows you install, the better!

The advantages and disadvantages of triple glazing

Open window in the apartment

Like with any home improvement project, there are several pros and cons of triple glazing. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of triple glazing:

Advantages:

  • Help with noise reduction
  • Enhance home security
  • Cost-efficient
  • Help to prevent heat loss

Disadvantages:

  • Costly
  • Your return on investment will take a long time
  • Can cause structural damage to your home due to weight
  • Blocks light from coming into your home

Is triple glazing worth the cost?

You’d be surprised at how much glazing can help you save on energy bills, which is one reason why triple glazed windows are worth the investment. If your double glazed glass window panes have withstood years of wear and tear, you could seriously benefit from triple glazed window panes. When your glass windows aren’t properly insulated, you’ll find that your heating bills will be higher due to heat loss.

You could probably skip triple glazing for now if you recently put double glazed windows into your home. If you want to be sure that your windows prevent heat loss, try buying a set of heavy curtains to help keep your heating bills low. You may also consider adding secondary glazing to your double glazed window panes.

The differences between triple glazing and double glazing
By now, you may be confused over the difference between triple glazing and double glazing. You already know that a triple glazed window can cost more than a double glazed window, but what are the other major differences?

Thermal efficiency

window profile with triple glazing

The number one benefit of glazing your windows is that you’ll be able to keep your home heated without high energy bills. Triple glazing windows are much more effective than double glazing windows when it comes to thermal performance and efficiency.

You can figure out the energy efficiency of a window by determining its U-value. The lower the U-value, the more energy efficiency you can expect from it. Double glazed windows usually have a U-value of around 1.6, while triple-glazed windows boast a U-value of 0.8. The difference here is important!

When you upgrade your double glazed windows to triple glazed, you’ll immediately see the benefits reflected on your heating bill. Triple glazed windows earn an energy rating of A++, which is the highest rating in general. And, who here doesn’t want to get a good energy rating?

Noise reduction

You’ll also enjoy increased sound insulation if you invest in triple glazing! This type of glazing could be beneficial for those of you who live on a noisy street and struggle to sleep with all the excess sounds. Triple glazing has an added layer that double glazing just doesn’t have. All of these extra layers come together and make it difficult for noise to pass through the glass.

Let’s look at the science of it all. Vibrations actually create sound, and when these vibrations hit the multiple panes of glass, the vibration softens. Triple glazing will block most, if not all, sound vibrations that try to get through, meaning you’ll enjoy a quieter home environment. Both double and triple glazing will help with this, but installing triple glazing is your best bet for effective noise reduction.

Security

Closeup window corner

Yet another benefit you’ll enjoy from glazing is increased home security. Again, double glazing can be helpful, but if you want to feel extra secure, you’ll need the protection that triple glazing can provide. Think of it as adding another layer of protection to your home, loved ones, and your prized possessions.

Light transmission

Because triple glazing can prevent noise and intruders, it can also, unfortunately, make it difficult for light to pass through your windows. Installing triple glazing windows means that your rooms may feel a bit darker.

A simple way to prevent this is to skip the triple glazing on your north-facing windows. That way, you’ll still be able to enjoy the extra protection from noise and intruders while also letting the light shine through in some of your windows.

Double vs. triple glazing cost

Modern window profiles

Now, to the question on everyone’s mind, what is the cost difference between double and triple glazing? As you may have noticed, there are a lot more benefits to triple glazing. But, that being said, the triple glazing cost will be much higher than the double glazing cost. Here are a few triple glazing cost comparisons to give you a better idea:

Glazing cost of a 1000x500mm white uPVC window:

Double glazing: £272.80

Triple glazing: £327.36

Glazing cost of a 1200x1200mm white uPVC window:

  • Double glazing: £354.20
  • Triple glazing: £425.04
  • Glazing cost of a 1000x500mm woodgrain uPVC window:
  • Double glazing: £368.28
  • Triple glazing: £422.84

Glazing cost of a 1200x1200mm woodgrain uPVC window:

  • Double glazing: £478.17
  • Triple glazing: £549.01

As you can see, there is a substantial difference in glazing cost between triple glazing and double glazing. You’ll have to study these figures, determine your budget, take a look at the pros and cons, and decide on your own if the high price is worth it.

All in all, both double and triple glazing will help to insulate your home, prevent noise, and protect you from potential intruders. We may be biased, but we believe that the benefits of triple glazing outweigh any cost concerns! But, of course, it’s up to you to decide if the cost of triple glazing is worth it.

To sum things up, you’ll enjoy greater thermal efficiency, noise reduction, and security by installing triple-glazed windows. You’ll benefit from more light penetration and a lower cost with double glazed windows. The choice is yours!

Which company should you choose?

Now that you’re settled on installing triple glazed glass windows, your next step is to determine which company you should choose. You have basically two choices: a large national company or a small independent one. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

You want to be sure that whichever company you choose is registered with both the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme (FENSA) and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). If a company is registered with both organizations, you know that you’ll be getting the best quality work for your money. Remember: triple glazed windows cost quite a bit, so you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a trustworthy company.

Let’s compare a few large national companies with a local one:

Anglian Home Improvements:

  • Percentage of customers who felt pressured by the company to sign a contract after a price quote: 42%
  • Percentage of customers who were satisfied with their installation experience: 98%
  • Trustpilot rating: 4.1/5

Everest Home Improvement:

  • Percentage of customers who felt pressured by the company to sign a contract after a price quote: 37%
  • Percentage of customers who were satisfied with their installation experience: 94%
  • Trustpilot rating: 4.3/5

Local company:

  • Percentage of customers who felt pressured by the company to sign a contract after a price quote: 21%
  • Percentage of customers who were satisfied with their installation experience: 91%

Trustpilot rating: will vary per company

As you can see, even when potential customers were pressured to sign a contract with a larger company, they were still nearly 100% satisfied with the job. The same goes for local companies, without as much pressure.

There is also only a slight difference between the percentage of satisfied customers who went with a larger company compared to those who decided to stay local. It should be reassuring to know that, even with a small company, over 90% of customers were satisfied!

Most people who opt for local companies prefer going with the little guys for these reasons:

A local location is convenient

Man inspecting window

Local companies don’t pressure customers to sign a contract
The company has good reviews and a good reputation
They had already heard good things about the company
They prefer local companies in general

Ultimately, you’ll have to decide which kind of company you’d like to work with. You’ll want to be aware of each option’s triple glazed windows cost before you make any rash decisions, of course.

Frequently asked questions

Is it worth getting triple glazing?

You’ll have to determine your specific needs and budget before you can decide if it’s worth getting triple glazing! But, one thing to keep in mind is that, although a triple glazing cost can be high, the benefits are also numerous!

You’ll be able to save on your heating and energy bills, you’ll enjoy greater protection from noise and intruders, and you’ll also eventually get a return on your investment. Double glazing can help, but triple glazing is like bringing out the big guns against heat loss.

How much more does a triple glazing cost?

You can take a closer look at some of the price comparisons above, but to put things simply, triple glazing does cost more than double glazing. How much more will depend upon the window you chose, the size of the window, and how many windows you want to install triple glazing on.

Does triple glazing make a difference?

Modern PVC window frame

The short answer to this question is yes, triple glazing does make a difference! It can even make a difference if you compare this type of glass glazing to double glazing.

With triple glazing, you’ll enjoy protection against heat loss, excess noise, and potential intruders. You’ll be able to protect your home against several different things with this special window treatment.

Does triple glazing reduce noise?

As mentioned, triple glazing can reduce noise. Double glazing can help as well, but if you really want to notice a difference, you’ll want to opt for the triple. Noises are actually vibrations moving through the air. Triple glazing helps to put up three barriers of glass against unwanted sounds.

Plus, the spaces between each pane of glass are filled with either air or a sound cushioning gas. This could be especially helpful if you live on a rowdy street filled with people at all hours of the day and night. You’ll get a better night’s sleep if you install triple glazing in your bedroom!

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an energy-efficient solution for your home, consider triple glazing your windows. In the same way that you need a little extra protection in colder months, your home does too. You can always throw on another jumper, and you should think of triple glazing as a jumper for a window!

Triple glazing is an investment into your home, so be prepared to spend a bit of money. But there are so many benefits to outfitting your windows with triple glazing that the ends justify the means! You’ll enjoy better thermal efficiency, reduced noise, and greater protection against potential intruders. Plus, you’ll eventually see a great return on investment.

You’ll feel safer and warmer in your home with quality, triple glazed windows!

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How Much Do Bifold Doors Cost?

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Bifold doors are an excellent way to add lots of natural light and fresh air to your kitchen, sunroom, or lounge. They offer so much more than regular french doors, patio doors, or windows. The most popular style is the aluminium bifold door, as they are lightweight, stylish, easy to maintain, and last well over time.

We’ve collated this handy guide to help you when considering buying and installing bi-folding doors in your home. We recommend an aluminium frame and three large panes as the most versatile and popular design. We’ve assessed the bifold door prices for different styles to help you create a budget for this project.

How does a bi-folding door work?

vintage folding wood doors

Bifolding doors are a concertina style, usually with three large glass panes that fold against each other. Typically, bifolding doors have a tracking system in the top or bottom, which supports the sliding aspect, allowing them to smoothly open and close. The first bifold door pane will have a locking system that secures the doors.

This first pane can often be opened independently from the other panels for a light breeze or easy access to the garden. Bi-folding doors are a great alternative to large windows or french doors and look great in lots of home styles across the UK. If you’re building a new extension, bifold doors are a great option. Aluminium frames are lighter than other materials and give a sleek look to finish your new extension with a bifolding door.

What are the benefits of bi-folding doors?

Modern aluminum glass pattern on the architectural background

  • Additional natural sunlight
  • Expand indoor and outdoor space
  • Flexible – open first pane
  • Perfect for remodelling
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Easy to maintain

A huge benefit of installing bifold doors into your home is that a large amount of natural light will be able to flood into your extension, sunroom, or lounge. Bifold doors offer more natural light than traditional windows or even patio doors.

Furthermore, bi-fold doors can easily be fitted with lightweight blinds that can offer occasional shade and privacy. Natural light has been proven to have a positive impact on well being, and bi-fold doors are a great use of otherwise static wall space.

Secondly, most people who install bi-fold doors, have them opening up onto patio or garden space. This space helps to increase the access to outdoors, and give the room and house a much larger feel – a great benefit of bifold doors.

Bifold doors offer a large expanse of space, which is brilliant for hosting events and parties. The open doors provide a way for people to move freely in and out of the house, which is an experience you can’t get from large windows.

Thirdly, bifold doors are versatile in the three-pane style, as the first bifold door can be opened independently. This allows you to let in a small breeze, pop out into the garden or let a pet run outside without having to move all the panels.

Bifold door panes are available in a range of sizes, and you’d be able to create a system of 2, 3, or 5 doors to fit the gap in your home. Make sure you have enough room for the folded door system to open into your room.

A feature like bifold doors is also set to increase the value of your home and is an excellent investment if you’re looking to sell in the next 10 to 15 years. Furthermore, aluminium is a low maintenance material that won’t warp or wear over time. Clean them every year with soap and water to keep the glass and frames fresh.

There are many benefits of installing an aluminium bifold door system, which is why it’s such a popular option for homes across the UK. Even if you’re re-modelling a traditional period home, bifold doors are stylish, offer additional light and air, and will modernise the look of your home.

Cost of bifold doors

doors to be hung

Let’s look at bifold doors cost, including aluminium bifold doors, which are the most popular. On average bifold doors cost between £2000 and £3000, and we’ll break down the costs of each bifold door product here.

Three materials are popular for bi-folding doors. The first is aluminium, which is lightweight, lasts many years, and is easy to maintain. Next is uPVC, a cheaper option that comes in a range of finishing colours. It’s also lightweight and easy to maintain.

Thirdly is timber, which is not that suitable for bifolding doors as it can make for very heavy frames that rot and wear over time. Timber is also considerably more expensive – it’s around double the cost of aluminium frames.

Aluminium frames offer the best value for money, giving a sleek look that remains durable for many years. The approximate cost of purchasing three aluminium bifold doors is between £2,300 and £2,600, which rises to £4000 when purchasing five doors. This figure is a great estimate for you to start building a budget, and for you to compare against any quotes that you may receive.

uPVC is a cheaper option that has similar benefits, including different finishing colours. The cost of uPVC doors can be from £1,600 to £2,000 for three doors, and £2,800 to £3,200 for five frames. Although uPVC is slightly cheaper, we would recommend aluminium as the best material for bifold doors. This is because uPVC can expand and warp in sunlight, which can disrupt the smooth running of the bifold doors and the locking systems.

You’ll also need to add in any additional costs and costs of installation into your budget. It’s worth shopping around when looking to purchase the door panels and bifold door prices, as many window and door companies will offer deals or discounts for different materials, sizes, or additional features. This can help to lower the bifold door prices and the overall cost of your project.

Additional costs and features

folding doors

There are some additional costs and features to bifold door prices that you may want to consider, including the purchase of your door panels. These will inevitably increase the door prices, but are a worthwhile investment.

Firstly, the formation of the doors. Most homeowners choose to have three large bifold door panes that fold up against each other. However, if you have a larger space, it may be worth considering installing five door panes to make the best use of the space.

This carries a higher cost, as not only are the door prices higher, but there are additional frame materials to consider, too. It may also take more time to configure and install.

Secondly, a feature you may want to consider adding to your doors is sun blinds. Many people choose to install light cotton blinds or roman blinds to the inside of their bi-fold doors. However, this isn’t a good idea as the blinds and top mechanisms will interfere with the doors folding, and they will not correctly sit together. Instead, you can choose from a range of built-in blinds that sits between the two panes of glass.

These roman blinds are operated using an external pully and can be tilted, closed, and brought up to expose the glass completely. This is a very popular and clever choice but will come with an additional cost depending on the style and colour of the blinds you choose.

A benefit of bi-fold doors on the ground floor of your home is that, unlike lots of other types of building work, you don’t need scaffolding! Scaffolding is an essential tool for completing work on your home on the first or second floor, and can cost from £250 – £400 per day to hire. But not to worry – you won’t need to add these additional costs to your budget for this project.

Impact on Heating Bills

Many people worry that installing a large amount of glass will impact their heating bills, as the air temperature can change depending on the weather and season. This can be true for patio doors of the past that have been installed with wooden frames and single glass panes. However, bi-folding doors today are built with double glazing glass panes, secure aluminium frames and high quality locking devices.

These elements, if correctly installed, should not have an impact on your heating bills. Another reason why aluminium is a popular material is that aluminium frames won’t warp or bend over time. This is because aluminium is a strong material that doesn’t rust easily. It’s also lightweight so that it won’t put pressure on your structure.

If you’re designing a new extension or kitchen redevelopment, you may want to consider underfloor heating as an option. With bi-fold doors, you are likely to lose wall space and, with that, radiators. Underfloor heating is a brilliant option for ensuring your rooms stay toasty through the winter months.

Installation costs for bifold doors

 Installing the door hinge with a hand tool,

As mentioned above, the cost of installing timber frame bifold doors is significantly higher than aluminium bifold door costs. Timber frames can also be more challenging to work with and install as they are heavier, and so there may be additional costs for installing compared to aluminium bifold frames.

Remember, if installing bifold doors is a part of a larger project, it won’t take much additional preparation work for them to be securely installed. However, if you’re removing a window and sections of a wall to add the doors, this job will take a considerable amount of time to complete. There will be a lot of preparation work involved to get the large gap in the wall completed and in a good state for the runners and doors to be installed.

Generally, it will take around one day for your bifold doors to be installed. However, we would strongly recommend that the tradesman or window company visit your home before completing the work so that they can properly assess the work involved and predict any issues that could arise.

There may be additional costs for your installation, depending on the company or tradesman you use. Furthermore, if the installation is part of a larger extension project, this could mean a discount, or the work could be completed quicker if by the same company.

Your window supplier may offer a home delivery service and installations, giving you one price for the whole package. Alternatively, you may choose to use an individual experienced tradesman to complete the work and source the materials. Use Quote Check today to find reasonable quotes from tradesman local to you.

Find a Local Installer

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If you’re installing bifold doors as part of an extension or redevelopment, then it might be that your builders are experienced enough to install bifold doors. However, installing bifold doors can be a tricky and complicated process, with many elements needing to be exactly correct for the doors to work smoothly. It may be that you’re looking for an independent tradesman, who is experienced in installing these aluminium bifold doors, to complete the work in your home.

Here at Quote Check, we have a wide range of window and door installers, ready to give quotes on your project. We’ll help you to find a local and affordable Bifold doors’ tradesman near you to complete this work. After some initial contact, you can invite them to visit your home and review the work that needs to be completed.

Remember that if you’re replacing a window with bifold doors, there will be considerable preparation work to complete on the wall before the runners and doors can be securely installed.

Do bi-fold doors need planning permission?

Worker installing doors

In most cases, bifold door panels can be installed without planning permission, as they’re not considered to be a major alteration to your home. However, if you’re building an extension out the back or side of your home, this will need planning permission. The bifold doors should be included in this.

If you live in a listed building or conservation area, then there is likely to be an element of approval needed when you make changes to your home. Also, consider the material used. Aluminium gives a great sleek finish, which makes it much more likely to blend into the surroundings and complement your home, helping you to get planning permission.

It’s also worth considering if the large glass bifold door space will infringe on your privacy or the privacy of your neighbours. It may be that you can plant a mature tree or two in your garden to help ease the line of sight with your new glass doors. Remember, you can also add blinds that sit within the panes to give more privacy through the seasons.

Overall, installing bifold doors to your kitchen, sunroom, extension, or lounge is a brilliant way to bring in more natural sunlight, increase the value of your home and give additional access to your decking or garden. Use QuoteCheck.co.uk today to find a quote from local tradesmen and businesses at affordable prices. Purchase and install your new aluminium bifold door products today!

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Bifold Doors Near Me

Bi-fold doors are a brilliant option to add a feature to your home that brings in more natural light and fresh air than traditional windows or french doors. Aluminium bi-fold doors are usually the most popular as they are light, easy to maintain and keep their quality over time.

If you’re thinking about getting a bifold door for your home rather than a large window, have a look at our handy guide and contact us to get a quote for an installation service local to you. We recommend using an aluminium frame for your door as this is the most versatile and cost effective option.

How do bifold doors work?

Bifolding doors are a collection of multiple door panels, usually glass, that open by folding against each other in a concertina style. The aluminium bi-fold doors have a tracking system at the top and bottom which allows them to smoothly open and close. The first door usually has a locking system and can be opened independently from the following panels. The sliding tracking system tends to work best with aluminium bi-fold doors as these are lighter than other materials. A bi-fold door is a great alternative to large windows, and look good in homes all across the United Kingdom.

What are the benefits of bi-folding doors?

Bi-folding doors are a brilliant way to let in lots of natural light, especially if your home is south facing, and they are popular with self-built and renovated homes. Natural light has been proven to positively impact wellbeing, meaning that bi-fold doors are a great use of otherwise wasted wall space.

Most bi-fold doors open out onto a patio or garden space to increase the access to outdoors. This model is perfect for events and parties where people can move freely between outside and in, which you can’t get from large windows.

Doors in this style are also versatile because the first door can be opened separately from the row, so if you’re just popping out or letting in a gentle breeze, you don’t have to move all the panels.

If you’re building a kitchen extension, or re-modelling a traditional London period home, bifold doors are a brilliant option to get additional light, air and to modernise the look and feel of your design.

Are sliding doors available in different materials?

Bifold and sliding doors are usually available in 3 different material frames, aluminium, timber or PVCu, each with large clear glass double glazing panes. Each frame material has it’s pros and cons, and it’s worth researching which would be best for your home and garden before you buy. Also consider the materials used in your windows across your home and neighbouring English houses.

Aluminium frames are the most versatile door, because they are light and come in a range of finishes and colours. They can also be made smaller or larger so that your space will be well used with fewer doors. Aluminium bifold doors are easy to maintain and will last through the years, with little damage from sun and rain.

Timber is another option, which gives a homely and rustic look to homes in a range of stains and colours. Timber however can wear down over time from sun or rain damage, and can be heavy, plus the weight of double glazing and difficult to maintain. Timber frames will require painting and varnishing to keep a good appearance over time.

The final option is PVCu doors, which many windows and doors are now made from. These are usually the cheapest option and provide good quality, but are sometimes lacking in the quality of finish and appearance compared to more expensive aluminium bi-fold doors. Bi-fold doors in many UK locations offer a wide range of PVCu options.

Will installing bi-fold doors cost me more in heating bills?

Installation of aluminium bi-fold doors shouldn’t cost you more in heating than regular windows if they are properly secured and installed. The double glazing in the panes should prevent a large amount of hot or warm air coming through, and if you design the space well, you can save heating in other areas. As you may lose wall space with aluminium bi-fold doors, you may also lose a space for radiators, which is why underfloor heating is a brilliant option for a kitchen extension. Call us for information on underfloor heating or check out our article which explains more.

Do I need planning permission to install aluminum bi-fold doors?

You do not need planning permission to install bi-fold doors, but it’s important to include them on any building plans for extension or redevelopment, the same way you would include windows. If you live in a listed home, conservation area or built up city like London, you should also check the local requirements that may specify which material of doors you can use. It can be more difficult to get local approval for bifold doors compared to windows, have a look at homes in your area to see if anyone has installed aluminium bifold doors successfully.

In a city they may request that you use a particular finish on the aluminium doors, in which case it’s good to use a local company like Bifold Doors, who will have specialist experience. Fill out our form above to find specialist companies at competitive prices. Make sure your bi-folding door meets requirements to avoid costly changes further into the project. Contact us to find an installer service local to you.

What’s the cost of installation of bifold doors?

The cost of purchasing bi-fold doors can often depend on the material you use, with Timber being the most expensive, and aluminium bi-fold doors can offer a cheaper alternative. Installing a bi-fold door can come with additional costs depending on the tradesman or company you are using. For example, your window supplier may offer home delivery and installations, or the builder you are using for the extension may be experienced to install the bi-fold door. Alternatively, you may just need an independent tradesman to assist and you can contact us for a quote to install your aluminium bi-fold doors London or anywhere across the UK.

How do I find a local installer?

At Quote Check we’re determined to bring you the best local tradesman to provide quotes for essential services like windows and doors installation. Use Quote Check to get a great quote to have your aluminium bi-fold doors installed, for high quality service and great price. We have a network of tradesman across the UK, so it’s quick and easy to find someone local to you who can assist in your home renovation.

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Secondary Glazing Costs for 2020

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What Does it Cost to Install Secondary Glazing?

Investing in secondary glazing installation is a good idea for many reasons. Firstly, it’s cheaper than purchasing double glazing, but it offers many of the same benefits. This makes it a good choice for homeowners who want to keep costs low.

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The exact cost of installing secondary glazing is dependent on a number of factors. For example, if you live in an old, listed building then there’s a chance that the size and shape of the windows in your home may be irregular, and that will need special windows so that they can fit.

Each home or office, however, is different, and the type of windows you order, as well as the required size and the material of the windows, will all contribute to the cost of installing secondary glazing.

You also need to take into account the labour costs involved with secondary glazing, as it’s recommended that you employ professional window fitters. The amount of time that the window fitters will need to complete the job will depend on the number of windows are being fitted.

But in most cases, secondary windows can be easily fitted in a day, even if it is multiple windows being fitted at the same time. Secondary glazing is an easy job, and it takes a lot less time than getting double-glazed windows fitted in your home.

It’s very important to remember that you will only encounter the cost of installing secondary glazing once, and in the long run, you’ll make back your money. Why? Because a building that has secondary glazing, as opposed to single glazing, will be far more energy-efficient.

And the benefit of energy efficiency is that your heating bills will reduce, as less heat will be escaping through your single glazed windows. Retaining heat inside the home means that you won’t need to put on the fire or radiator for as long or as often.

How Much Money Can Investing in Secondary Glazing Save You

It will depend on the size of your home, as well as the number of windows that you install secondary glazing on. The type of secondary glazing that you install in your home will also change what your original outlay is. For example, it can cost you twice as much to install sliding secondary glazing than it does for fixed secondary glazing installation.

For the average home, you can expect to knock about £45 a month off your energy bills when you’ve installed secondary glazing.

If you install the cheapest form of secondary glazing – which is magnetic secondary glazing – then your original outlay will be somewhere between £1,500 and £2,000. That means that you will have paid off your investment through savings on your energy bills after three years.

Fixed secondary glazing is the next tier up in terms of installation cost, and they tend to set you back somewhere between £2,000 and £2,500. If you pay this amount for your new windows, then your £45 a month saving on your energy bill will mean that you’ve paid off the investment after four years.

Lift-out secondary glazing windows are the second most expensive form of secondary glazing. They can cost anywhere between £3,500 and £4,000 to have installed. For your £45 savings on your energy bill to pay off the original outlay then it will take about seven years.

And the type of secondary windows that cost the most to install are sliding secondary glazing windows, and to have them put in your home, it can cost between £4,500 and £5,500. For the average home, where you will save £45 a month on your energy bill, then this means it will take 8 years for the investment to pay itself off.

The Key Factors That Can Affect How Much Secondary Glazing Costs

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The biggest factor that will contribute to how much you pay for secondary glazing is simply what type of secondary glazing that you choose. And the type that you will choose will depend on your home. But you should always remember that secondary glazing will save you money compared to getting double glazing fitted in your home.

If you live in a listed building, then you will have no choice but to get secondary glazing, as double glazing may require planning permission. And planning permission isn’t cheap. So, to keep costs down, it’s always a better idea for people who live in listed buildings to get secondary glazing, as then there’s no need for planning permission, as you won’t be altering the existing window outside your home.

The cost of labour has to be accounted for, too. But you will save money in the long-run if you employ high-quality window fitters. They can also take care of ordering the windows for you, measuring, and doing everything, so that all the difficult work is out of your hands. You can find quotes easily for secondary glazing experts to ensure you go with a company that fits your budget.

How Installing Secondary Glazing Can Save Energy and Money

The biggest issue with single glazing is simply that it allows too much heat to escape. The two best solutions to this problem are double glazing and secondary glazing. Secondary glazing is far cheaper than double glazing but it will provide many of the same results of double glazing. You will just have to add a second layer of glazing to your home without needing to remove your existing windows.

Installing secondary glazing means that your home will instantly be better insulated. It’s estimated than in the average British home, a third of the heat that escapes your home is through the windows. Getting secondary glazing installed in your home will dramatically reduce heat loss through the windows.

It will also eliminate any drafts. In winter, this is a Godsend. It means that you don’t need to have the central heating or fire on for anywhere near as long. Depending on how you heat your home, this could save you in electricity, as well as heating costs.

On average, a small UK home will spend approximately £100 a month on energy, but once you get secondary glazing, then immediately after installation, you’ll find your bill reduced by £30. A medium-sized home will spend about £150 a month on their energy bill, but this will drop by £45, after secondary glazing installation.

A large-sized home can spend closer to £200 a month on energy, but you’ll notice that your bill is reduced by £60 after secondary glazing installation in your home. In the long run, the secondary glazing cost is well worth it, as you’ll simply be saving money, as well as being more comfortable in your home after you have installed secondary glazing.

Other Ways You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Besides fitting secondary or double glazing in your home, there are another few ways that you can make your home more efficient when it comes to energy consumption.

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Firstly, when a window fitter comes to fit your secondary glazing, you can ask them to check the existing windows, and see if they need a new seal.

Secondly, you may wish to check your door. Just like single glazed windows, having the wrong door in your home can cause heat to escape and for a draft.

The best door, just like double glazing, will offer a perfect seal, but these types of doors may not be possible to fit inside listed buildings, as they could alter the external look of the home, and that might require planning permission. Also, just like double glazing, doors of this type tend to come in standardised sizes, which means they can be difficult to fit in older homes.

If you want to save money on your heating bill, then you should consider getting a ‘smart thermostat.’ These are excellent devices that ensure that the heating is only on when it needs to be on. Your home will stay warm, but you won’t overpay on heating at the same time.

When it comes to electricity, then it’s always important to have white goods that are efficient too. If you’re planning on replacing your old washing machine or fridge, then make sure that you buy one with a Grade A rating.

Remember, the best way to have an economical and efficient home is by spending money upfront. Buying a new fridge is expensive, just like secondary and double glazing is expensive, but you’ll save money in the long run, and you’ll be free from bigger monthly outgoings for a long time too.

Is Secondary Glazing a Cheaper Option than Double Glazing?

Yes. The installation of secondary glazing, as well as the cost of materials, is much lower than standard double glazing. Just how much the secondary glazing cost is as compared to double glazing will depend upon the type of secondary glazing that you get fitted.

On average, though, secondary glazing costs about three-quarters of what double glazing costs. And you won’t need your existing windows to be removed when you go for secondary glazing, which is not the case for double glazing. It’s a bigger job to get double glazing installed, as opposed to secondary glazing, and that’s why it costs a lot more.

What Types of Secondary Glazing Are Available?

Secondary glazing comes in a variety of forms. But there are four types of secondary glazing that are the most common, and each of them will cost you a different amount.

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The first type of secondary glazing that’s available to you is ‘Magnetic’ secondary glazing. As you can guess from the name, this system of secondary glazing works via magnetised panels that are attached to your existing windows, allowing for a secondary layer of glazing.

Magnetic secondary glazing is the cheapest form of secondary glazing on the market and will cost you approximately £150 per sqm. The only downside of this form of secondary glazing is that the magnetic strips will be visible, so it doesn’t offer as clean aesthetics as the other three types of secondary glazing.

The second type of secondary glazing that you can opt for is called ‘Fixed Secondary Glazing’. Again, as the name suggests, this form of secondary glazing is fixed. And that means that you can only access the existing window if you completely remove the fixed layer of secondary glazing.

This makes it a good option for certain windows and not for others. For example, if you have sash windows, then fixed secondary glazing would not be a good option, as you would no longer be able to open the sash windows. But if you don’t have sash windows, and you don’t need access to your existing window, then this is a good option, as this is the second-lowest on the spectrum of secondary glazing cost.

The third type of secondary glazing is known as ‘Lift-Out Secondary Glazing’. This secondary glazing is great for anyone who wants to be able to easily remove the secondary glazing so that you can get access to your existing windows.

They’re also good for anyone who wants to be free of visible magnetic strips, as you’d get with magnetic secondary glazing. Every sqm of lift-out secondary glazing costs approximately £300. This is the second most expensive available in terms of secondary glazing cost.

When it comes to secondary glazing cost, then the most you can pay is for the fourth type, which is for ‘Sliding Secondary Glazing’. This will cost you about £400 per sqm.

But this offers the best quality in terms of usability. You can slide it out of the way if you want access to the windows underneath. It offers excellent noise reduction and it’s highly effective against heat loss.

What Are the Main Benefits of Installing Secondary Glazing?

Secondary glazing offers many of the same benefits as double glazing but it costs much less than double glazing and doesn’t require the existing windows to be removed.

The main reason why someone would install secondary glazing in their home is that it improves energy efficiency. That’s because heat cannot escape as easily as if you have a single layer of glazing. And it can also stop any draft entering through your windows.

After the installation of secondary glazing, you will also find your home quieter, as well as warmer, as external noise will not be able to penetrate the two layers of glazing as easily.

If you live somewhere that has a lot of external noise, then secondary glazing is a cost-effective option that gives you many of the benefits of double glazing when it comes to reducing external noise. It leaves you free to enjoy the comfort of your home without being disturbed by a busy street.

Does Secondary Glazing Reduce Noise?

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Yes. Secondary glazing does reduce noise. In fact, after energy efficiency, noise reduction is the second most common reason why people choose to pay the secondary glazing cost and to have it installed in their home. Secondary glazing offers similar results as double glazing in terms of noise reduction.

If you dream of being free to enjoy the silence in your home, then investing in the installation of secondary glazed windows is a good choice, as you will be thoroughly impressed with the noise reduction that they offer.

Is It Cheaper to Install Secondary Glazing Without Professional Help?

Yes and no. It depends on the form of secondary glazing. Installation is simple with some forms of secondary glazing, such as magnetic secondary glazing, but this is not the case with the other three forms of secondary glazing.

Many window fitters will be happy to visit your home for free to offer you a quote if you’re having several windows fitted, or they will be happy to talk to you on the phone about your options. It’s always worth getting an expert in for any major.

People who live in listed buildings should always call in an expert as you might have restrictions on what is available to you. But, of course, secondary glazing will be a much better than double glazing option for you, as you’d need to have the current windows to be completely removed if you went for double glazing. That isn’t an option in some listed buildings.

How to Install Secondary Glazing Yourself

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Unlike double glazing, secondary glazing can be fitted in some cases at home by people who have some experience with DIY.

The most important thing if you’re installing it yourself is to get your numbers right. If you don’t measure properly, then you’ll order the wrong sized windows, and that means that you won’t be able to fit them on your current windows.

This is another reason why getting an expert in is a better option. If you do measure yourself, then add a couple of centimetres onto the size, as the glass will move over time. Adding a few extra cms will give you some leeway.

Once your order has arrived, then you should disinfect the new panel, as well as the current frame of your existing windows, before you consider fitting the new panels.

Then you simply need to follow the instructions that come with the product. Most likely, if you are to fit it yourself, then you will have gone for the magnetic option, in which case it’s always important to put the magnetic tape on the new panels and to put the aluminium tape on your current windows.

This makes it easier to remove and put back on, which is handy if you need to get access to your original windows at any point. Each product is different, so always check the instructions prior to installation. And also, make sure that you get rid of the outer film once you’ve fitted the new panels to your old windows.

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How Much do New Windows Cost?

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Investing in new windows can be essential for your home, but can be a costly endeavour. New double glazing windows will lift the exterior and interior appearance for your home, and they increase energy efficiency and insulation.

If your current windows are warped, mouldy or rotting, it’s time to consider replacing and upgrading them. Furthermore, if you have single glazing panes, then upgrading to double glazing panes will have a positive impact on your heating bills and the temperature control of your home.

These days it’s easy to purchase windows from trusted companies and tradesman. We’ve collated this handy guide, which will help you to understand the different types of window frame materials and window styles that are available.

Consider the style of your home, (Victorian, Georgian, modern), and the style of your surrounding area to decide which frame material and window style would be most suitable. Once you’ve settled on your chosen window style, get some quotes for materials and installation today from Quote Check. Here at Quote Check we have a wide range of window fitters in our network, ready to give you quotes!

How much does it cost to replace windows?

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It can be difficult to estimate the cost of new windows without seeing and assessing your home, which a tradesman or window fitter will be able to do. On average, the cost for new windows in an average three-bed UK home is £4000, which you can use as a good base point for building up your budget.

There are several things to consider when estimating the cost of new windows in your home:

  • Number of windows in your home
  • Type of frame material
  • Pane thickness – single or double
  • Style of windows
  • Period or style of your home

Firstly look at the number of windows in your home. This sounds simple, but it will be essential for creating a quote for new windows. Try to be specific with measuring the window panes and frames, which will help to make your quote as accurate as possible.

Secondly, check out the type of material that your window frames are currently made from, and the condition of these frames. Many older homes would have been built with timber or wooden frames, which over time, can grow mould or rot, and expand in hotter months.

The frames may be uPVC, which can warp or wear over the years, with bacteria building up around the frame and lock. Think about which material you’re planning for your new windows. Will it be a like-for-like replacement, or will you choose a newer and stronger frame like white uPVC?

Next, assess the look of all the windows in your home – are they using single pane or double pane? Are they standard casement windows or a particular style, like sash or bay windows. Are you choosing to replace the windows like-for-like? Or move to a more modern material and thicker pane that will be more energy efficient.

If you’re completing a self-build, you may have more freedom to choose whichever new windows you’d like or a combination of styles.

Each of these factors has an impact on the cost of new windows in your home. Through this article, we’ll consider the pros of each window material. This should help you to choose the best new windows for your home.

Benefits of Double Glazing

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Double glazed windows are the standard choice for modern UK homes and are the recommended option. This is because double glazed windows are best for temperature control in your home.

They keep warmth and heat inside your home and cold air out. Double glazing made from two panes secured with an air pocket between them, making these replacement windows strong and reliable.

The double glazing cost is pricer than single panes, but it’s definitely worth the investment. On average, people that switch from single to double glazed panes save £150 a year in their heating bills, which builds up to a considerable saving over time.

If you currently have single glazed windows, we strongly advise upgrading if you can. Have double glazed replacement windows. You’ll find that double glazing windows will help to make your home more comfortable with better heat retention and less noise pollution.

Window Prices: Frame Materials

We’ve assessed the pros and cons of each frame material, and the estimated cost for window replacement for UK Homes. This will help you to choose the right frame and understand the prices involved.

Timber Window Prices

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Timber is the most traditional material for window frames and has been used in the UK for centuries. Timber was often used on new build homes up until the 70s and 80s when uPVC models became available. Timber frames are often found with casement or standard windows, but look particularly good with period Victorian or Georgian sash windows.

In these period examples, timber can add a stately and elegant feel to your home – just be sure to maintain them well. If not properly maintained, timber frames can rot from sun and rain exposure, which is why they have become less popular with homeowners for windows replacement in the last 20 to 30 years.

Timber frames are the most expensive frame material and require frequent maintenance, so think carefully before purchasing your frames and replacing old windows.

600mm by 900mm double glaze casement – estimate cost £900
1200mm by 1200mm double glaze casement – estimate cost £1400

Also, remember that fitting specialist window styles will have a higher price. Once you calculate this for all the windows in your home, it can be a costly investment.

Aluminium Window Prices

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Aluminium is a brilliant and stylish option for windows and is often used on warehouse conversions or new builds where the windows and walls have been completely remodelled. Aluminium gives a sleek finished look that is available in a range of colours.

The frames are slim and can be fitted in hard to reach areas or thinner walls. Surprisingly, aluminium frames offer better energy efficiency than uPVC, but they are more expensive.

The cost of aluminium frames is nearly double that of uPVC frames:

600mm by 900mm double glaze casement – £500 per window
1200mm by 1200mm double glaze casement – £1000 per window

When considering your budget for new windows, it may be that you choose to have one or two aluminium framed centrepiece fitted windows, and replace other windows with grey or black uPVC.

uPVC Window Prices

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For many years, uPVC has led the way in fitting new and replacement windows and is the most common for homes across the UK. Not only are they the cheapest material to use, but they are also reliable and durable and easy to maintain with soap and water.

They can sometimes warp or expand in a very sunny area but usually hold their shape well. uPVC windows also come in a range of finishing colours – the most popular being white, but grey, black and brown are also available to give a different look to your home or to blend in with the area.

Beware of buying the cheapest uPVC window frame options, as these can often be made with less durable plastic. They will warp and bend over time, hampering your initial investment and causing extra cost down the line.

The cost of uPVC windows can vary depending on the quality you choose, but on average the prices are:

600mm by 900mm double glaze casement window – £300 estimate
1200mm by 1200mm double glaze casement window – £700 estimate.

If you’re looking for additional features – finishing colour, additional locks, small top windows – then expect to pay a higher price per window.

Cost of Window Types

When replacing your windows, you may be limited by the style of your home, or by the current shape of your windows. These factors may mean that you have to choose a particular style of window to suit your home’s appearance. Alternatively, if you’re replacing windows in a modern home or self build home, you may have more flexibility to choose new windows.

We’ve looked at the most popular types of windows in UK homes, the average cost of each style and other factors to consider when choosing these windows. We’ve based our estimates on the cost of double glazed uPVC windows, as these are the most common choice for homeowners.

Casement Windows Prices

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Casement window styles are the most popular style across the UK because they are versatile, simple and can be customised into a rang of pane shapes. Many UK homes have a large windowpane with a small horizontal opening pane at the top, which is great for kitchens and hallways.

Casement window arrangements offer good flexibility in design, but this can make it difficult to estimate the cost of windows for your home. Smaller panes and fewer openings are cheaper, and larger panes are more expensive. Therefore the cost ranges from £500 to £1,500 per window.

Even so, casement uPVC windows remain the most affordable and popular option for replacing windows in homes across the UK.

Tilt & Turn Window Prices

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Tilt and Turn windows are a clever piece of design work that enables the window to be opened in two ways – traditionally like a door, and also turned to open a few inches at the top of the window frame. This design is a great option for children’s rooms, as it’s flexibility helps to keep people safe. These windows make for a popular choice in schools, nursery, offices, and apartment buildings.

Tilt and Turn windows cost less than you may expect and are similar to the price of uPVC frame windows. Typically a 600mm by 900mm window would be £300 and a larger 1200mm by 1200mm window around £700. You may choose to have just one or two of these windows, perhaps in the children’s room or kitchen in your home.

Sash Window Prices

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Sash windows are usually made from a timber frame and have two large horizontal sections. To open, the lower section is lifted and held up using an internal pully system. The sash window is popular in Georgian and Victorian houses and is a beautiful and stylish feature on these types of homes. However, in the modern day, they can be drafty, a security risk, and low on energy efficiency ratings. Some sash windows are made up of several small frames, which can reduce natural light coming in.

This style is more expensive than others, thanks to the timber frame and unique build. It costs between £500 and £900 depending on the size and complexity of the window. Many people do not install new sash windows unless to replace an existing traditional design.

Prepare for Replacement Windows

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When choosing replacement windows, it’s important to have a clear image in your mind of which type of windows and which frame material you’d like to use. Also make sure you have accurately measured all of the windows and frames, and provide this information to your window installer.

Be sure to measure the glass pane, the frame thickness, and the overall size of the gap your windows will sit in. This will help to get an accurate quote and avoid mistakes down the line, which could cost you extra money.

Furthermore, make sure you add labour costs into your budget, including labour day rate and scaffolding for upper floor windows. There may be an extra cost if your windows are hard to access or on a terrace.

Once you’ve established your budget, use Quote Check to post your job and get several quotes from tradesmen and window installers local to you. Some window installers will be able to include the cost of materials in their quotes, as they’ll have discounted supplies, which saves you money!

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Window Replacement Cost (Ultimate 2020 Guide)

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The windows in your home don’t just have an impact on the look of your property. They also impact insulation and energy efficiency. If your windows are single glazed, mouldy or rotting, it’s worth considering getting replacement windows across your property.

But how much does it cost? In years gone by, cheesy window salesmen were the key players and often the only way to get replacement windows. But now it’s much easier to purchase and install the perfect new windows for your home, with the help of a trusted tradesman.

We’ve put together this guide to help you establish an estimated budget for windows replacements in your home. We’ve looked at a wide range of window materials and styles to give you choice and flexibility in your renovations.

Whatever the style of your home and windows, we’ve assessed the materials and designs to suit you, including uPVC windows, timber or aluminium frames, sash, and bay window designs, as well as the classic double glazing. To install your new windows, use Quote Check to get prices from many local tradesmen that are reliable and affordable.

How much does it cost to replace windows?

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On average, the cost of installing new uPVC windows in a three bed UK home is £4000. It’s difficult to estimate how much replacement windows would cost for your home, without seeing it and understanding all the details. This figure is a good starting point for building your budget.

There are several factors to consider when thinking about replacing your windows. Firstly, count how many windows you have in your home – it sounds simple! This information will be essential for estimating prices.

Next, look at the type of material that your window frames are built using. For older homes, the frame is usually timber or wood, which can rot or grow mould over time. You may have uPVC frames that are warped, worn, or tired with age. Consider if you’re planning to replace your windows with the same frame material, or looking for an alternative material.

Thirdly, take a look at the windows themselves. Are they single pane, double glazing, sash or casement windows? This will have an impact on the type of windows you can install. Again, think about whether you will replace the windows with the same pane type, or move to a more modern design that saves on energy efficiency.

All of these factors will impact the cost to replace windows, and in this article, we’ll look at the benefits of each material and design. This will help you to choose the right type of window for your home and your budget.

Window Prices: Frame Materials

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each frame material and the impact on costs.

uPVC Window Prices

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uPVC windows are the cheapest option and often the most common for homeowners in the UK. They are easy to maintain with soap and water and come in a range of finish colours, including white, grey and brown. However, the cheaper uPVC frames are not the strongest material and can warp over time, meaning that they’re not a great investment in the long run.

The prices for uPVC are variable depending on the quality, but typically a small 60cm by 90cm double glazed casement window would be £300. A larger 1200 x 1200mm can be around £700. Also, if you’re looking for a different colour finish or additional window locks, you can expect to pay a higher price per window.

Aluminium Window Prices

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Aluminium frames are more expensive than uPVC but deliver the best on reliability as they are long-lasting and durable. They are also aesthetically pleasing with sleek lines and a range of finish colours. The slim frames are ideal for hard to fit areas, and the aluminium offers better energy efficiency than uPVC. Aluminium is also easy to maintain and won’t rot like timber frames.

Keep in mind that they are more expensive – nearly double the cost of uPVC frames. On average, a small 60cm by 90cm double glazed casement window would be £500. A larger 1200 x 1200mm can be around £1,000 with aluminium frames. If, however, this is in your budget, we highly recommend aluminium as the most durable and stylish frame.

Timber Window Prices

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Timber is the traditional material for window panes, and often older homes with casement or sash windows will have wooden frames painted white. However, over time timber can rot with the exposure to sun and rain and requires maintaining or replacing. The choice to replace your classic timber frame old windows is a good one, as timber frames can add an elegant and stately feel to your home, especially if they are well maintained.

However, timber is often a higher cost than uPVC and aluminium and requires more maintenance, so carefully consider this before purchasing. For a small 60cm by 90cm double glazed casement window, the average cost would be £900. And for a larger 1200 x 1200mm window, the cost can be around £1400. Once you add this up to all the windows across your house, it can be a large investment.

Cost of Window Types

There are many different styles of windows in UK homes, and when looking at replacement windows, you may be limited to the period style of your home or area or the current shape and size of your old windows.

We’ve looked at each style of window, and the average replacement windows cost for the style, to help you consider which is right for your home. All price estimates are based on white uPVC windows, as this is the common choice for UK homeowners.

Casement Windows Prices

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Casement windows are the most popular style of windows and have been around since the 17th century! Many modern homes use casement windows because they are versatile and can be fitted into the window space using a variety of shapes. For example, many UK homes will have a large pane with a small opening horizontal pane at the top. Or they might have three large windows with the centre pane stationary and the two side panes open vertically. This style of window is available in all frame materials and can offer good flexibility to your window design.

This flexibility and range, however, makes it difficult to estimate the costs of windows replacement for your home. Replacement windows cost can vary greatly depending on the style and size of each pane. Smaller panes with fewer openings are cheaper, and large panes with more openings and locks are more expensive. The range of replacement window cost, therefore, stretches from £500 to £1,500 per window.

Despite this, a casement window in uPVC setting remains the most affordable option for installing reliable and high-quality double glazing windows in your home.

Sash Window Prices

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Sash windows come in two distinct styles: either a patchwork of small rectangular panels that are held together in a large timber frame or two large clear panes in a timber frame. A sash window works by the lower section being pushed up and overlapping the upper frame.

Sash windows also have a pulley system built into the frames to ensure the panes remain up when pushed. This style is traditional in Georgian and Victorian homes and is associated with class and style. They are however, not very energy efficient, sometimes lack in natural light, and can be drafty.

As they are built with a timer frame, they are typically more expensive than most other styles, and the windows cost between £500 and £900, depending on size. Many homeowners do not install sash windows unless to replace and restore the traditional style of the house.

Tilt & Turn Window Prices

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Tilt and Turn windows are versatile in that they can be opened wide into the room or opened by a few inches at the top of the pane. The mechanism is built to add flexibility and airflow while keeping people safe. This option is common in homes with children and public buildings such as schools.

This style is surprisingly not as expensive as you may think and is similar to the cost of standard uPVC frame windows. A small 60cm by 90cm window would be £300. A larger 120cm by 120cm can be around £700. You may choose to just have one or two of these types of windows in your house, such as in a family room or nursery.

Bay and Bow Window Prices

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Bay and bow windows are different, thanks to their build and structure. The windows curve out from the rest of the room, creating a sunny nook or reading corner. Most are built into the structure of the house, and so replace windows like these is a slightly difficult task. The cost of these windows is much the same as a standard casement style. They can be more tricky to get to, however, which means the windows’ cost may be more due to the installation and labour prices.

Prepare for replacement windows

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To have a good estimate quote, make sure that you are clear on your choice of window frame material and window style. You will also need to measure the windows properly.

We recommend taking several window measurements, including the glass pane, frame, and the overall size of the gap your windows will sit in. By providing a good level of accuracy from the beginning, you’ll get a more accurate quote and will avoid costly problems down the line.

It’s important to also consider labour costs into your budget, which you can get a quote for through Quote Check. Remember that upstairs windows will need scaffolding to be safely installed.

Benefits of double glazing

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Many modern homes will have double glazed windows – but what does this mean? Double glazing is where two panes of glass are built into the window with an air pocket between them. This style of window drastically improves installation, saves a large amount of heat getting out through the window, and reduces cold air coming in.

If you currently have single glazed windows that you’re replacing, we strongly advise upgrading to double glazing as it will be more cost-effective in the long run. This is the most popular choice for new windows in homes across the UK as it saves on heating bills and also reduces noise pollution.

When thinking about installing new windows, it’s important to consider the cost of the windows’ style you’d like in your house, while also considering the labour costs involved.

Here at Quote Check, our tradesmen and window fitters across the UK are reliable and experienced. Use Quote Check today to post your window installation job and receive quotes.

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The Cost of UPVC Cladding Per Square Metre

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Fitting UPVC cladding to the exterior of your home can uplift the look and the market value. Cladding comes in a range of colours and finishes – it’s perfect for homes in any area. Cladding is an attractive, low maintenance and weather resistant solution for making exterior rendering or brickwork more pleasing.

UPVC Cladding is a great alternative to aluminium or timber cladding boards as it’s less costly, offers a better finish, and is an easier material for the tradesman to work with.

Benefits of uPVC Cladding

Background, texture of metal cladding.

The main benefit of fitting uPVC cladding to a home is to improve the exterior quality and attractiveness of the property. External cladding provides a smooth quality finish that replaces the previous brick or rendered exterior and quickly modernises your home. White uPVC cladding is often the most popular, but cladding PVC is available in a range of colours to suit your home and local area.

Furthermore, PVC cladding is easy to clean with minimal maintenance. Be sure to clean white uPVC cladding at least once a year with soap and water, to keep away visible grime build up. Other finish colours, such as grey or brown, may not show as much dirt build-up but are easy to clean every year or so. uPVC cladding is also water-resistant and won’t rot or wear over time, unlike timber cladding boards.

Exterior cladding also improves insulation on your home, and this is true of all effect cladding, including timber cladding, uPVC cladding, and aluminium. This helps to reduce the cost of your energy bills and retain heat in your home.

Types of cladding boards

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Exterior house cladding is available in a range of different profiles:

  • Feather edge
  • Square edge
  • Tounge and groove
  • Shiplap
  • Shiplap tongue and groove

These terms relate to the way the uPVC cladding is cut, and how the individual pieces of cladding fit together. This choice is mostly for aesthetic reasons, but if your home is an irregular shape, choosing a particular profile may be essential to ensure the effect cladding fits together correctly.

uPVC Cladding board finishes

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Depending on the area you live in and the look of local houses, there may be a community feel for the type of cladding that’s commonly used, and so you may want to match your cladding. For example, many homeowners on the coast choose a light blue external uPVC cladding to reflect the colour of the water and bring the seafront closer to home.

PVC wall cladding is available in a range of shades, blue, brown, black, and white. White wall cladding is often the most popular material and most commonly used in claddings across the UK.

Partial or full Cladding Covering

House with wall cladding

Houses across the UK vary in shape and style, and uPVC cladding can add to the unique design of your home. You may choose to install cladding across all brick or rendered areas of your home, which can be a costly undertaking. If the brickwork of your property is in a bad state, you may need cladding across the whole property to make it presentable.

Alternatively, you may wish to clad the top half of the front of your home, which is a good way to give your house a small facelift at a reduced cost. Many people across the UK complete this type of work – where the top half of their house has a wrap of uPVC cladding.

The lower half can remain as brickwork or render, in keeping with the style of the street. Cladding is also more popular on semi-detached or detached homes, rather than terraced houses, as the finish of the cladding is neater, and all edges match up seamlessly.

Costs of uPVC Cladding

Wall with cladding

uPVC Cladding is one of the less expensive types of rendering and has less cost than timber cladding boards per square metre. Depending on your budget, there is a wide range of uPVC cladding available, with white uPVC cladding as the least expensive.

The cost of uPVC Cladding ranges from £20 – £50 per square metre, depending on the quality of finish you’re choosing. Wall cladding prices can be cheaper through your tradesman’s suppliers or bought directly from a home improvement shop. It’s a good idea to research the type of cladding boards you have in mind, and understand the uPVC cladding prices for your project.

DIY or professional for exterior wall cladding?

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As you can purchase cladding boards directly from a home improvement store or supplier, it’s possible to install external cladding to your own home, and many people do complete this work on smaller projects like sheds or outbuildings.

If you’ve had previous experience in building and working at height, this may be an easy job for you to complete. Watch out for unexpected challenges, including the shape of your home and hard to reach areas. You’ll also need a safe area and the correct tools to cut the timber material or white uPVC cladding boards to the correct sizes for your home.

If you are considering this as a DIY project, we strongly advise hiring scaffolding professionals to make sure that you are operating them safely. You’ll need to bring the heavy material up to the wall level, and properly secure them. Installing exterior render is often a two-person job.

Overall, we advise hiring an experienced tradesman to complete the work, which can add some cost to your project, on top of the cladding prices. Use Quote Check to find a much-needed tradesman to complete this work.

Professional Additional Labour and Equipment Costs

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When considering a home improvement project, it’s essential to include labour costs into your initial budget estimations. Most properties will need scaffolding to reach all areas of the home to complete exterior cladding work.

This is also for the tradesman to work safely and effectively. Scaffolding can cost around £200 per day, depending on the size of your home. Use Quote Check to get quotes for installing cladding boards on your home. We help you to find many reliable and affordable tradesman in your area. We estimate labour costs for installing cladding to be around £150 – £200 per day. Search now for a more accurate quote.

Example pricing: Cladding on one exterior wall of a pitched roof house

Modern house

There is a wide variety of homes in different styles across the UK, which makes it difficult to estimate the cost of installing exterior cladding. Use Quote Check to find a local quote and get a better idea of the costs involved.

Here’s an example of the costs involved in cladding one exterior wall of a standard UK pitched roof house, which includes the following:

  • Standard white uPVC shiplap
  • Fittings and accessories
  • Labour costs for two tradesmen working for two days
  • Scaffolding, including erecting and dismantling, for two days
  • Waste removal from site

The total estimated cost for this work comes to £1700:

  • Total materials at £800
  • Labour costs at £500
  • Scaffolding hire at £400

This is a guideline cost for installing cladding to the pitched roof wall of an average UK home. This is helpful when scaling up to the size of your home and estimating the costs of this work.

You may find additional costs depending on the type of uPVC and finish you choose, the size of your home, the accessibility of your walls, and the experience of tradesman.

Get a quote today from Quote Check to find out which local tradesmen are available to complete this work on your home. We have a wide network of builders, roofers, plumbers, and more to help you with your home improvement journey.