How do I choose the right door for my budget

With the new year in full swing, there’s no better time to think about making home improvements. If you’re looking to make a great first impression, a new bespoke door may be the ticket.

As our doors can come in an extensive range of styles, materials, and configurations we’ve put together this article to cover the range of doors we offer.

 

uPVC doors

uPVC doors generally tend to be the most cost-effective option for many homeowners. This is due to a construction that is more simplistic than its composite counterpart. But don’t mistake uPVCs simplicity as being indicative of poorer quality. Our Liniar uPVC frames are at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of thermal efficiency and security, as well as style.

If you’re looking for an energy efficient and secure door, uPVC has all of the benefits of a modern door at great prices. On top of this, uPVC doors are highly customizable allowing for nearly endless personalization.

 

Composite doors

Composite doors are usually a larger investment than most other door types, although there is good reasons for this. DGN composite doors combine all of the benefits of uPVC with a foam core for additional weatherproofing and shock absorption as well as a glass reinforced plastic outer shell, which is highly weather resistant.

Overall composite doors offer the best security and energy efficiency features available on the market and DGNs Endurance range is no exception. On top of this, our composite doors come with the same extensive range of customizability options available on our uPVC range, so you’ll never need to choose function over style.

What should you choose?

When it comes to doors, our advice would be to choose a door that provides you with the features you require and is within your budget. Whilst other door types are available, nothing beats the low maintenance requirements and fantastic feature set of uPVC and composite doors.

To see our full range of doors, head to our product page or contact your local installer to request a brochure. Our team is always happy to help. If you already have an idea of what you’re after, why not try our free quote builder tool?

 

Sustainable Windows and Doors: Recycling old Frames

uPVC now represents the largest market share portion for windows and doors, when compared with traditional timber and aluminium frames. But what does that mean for sustainability? Are uPVC windows and doors recyclable and will they be processed accordingly?

There is a misconception that uPVC frames represent the less environmentally friendly option. In this article, we discuss the facts about recycling old Frames. Plus how, as a homeowner, you can help to ensure your old windows are being disposed of correctly.

Sustainable manufacturing

Liniar manufacture uPVC windows and doors that are completely lead-free. This makes them safer for your family and the environment. The uPVC manufacturing process also requires far less energy consumption, in comparison to alternative frame materials.

In addition, Liniar windows are the most thermally efficient windows on the market, which means your home will have lower running costs and greater fuel efficiency.

How to make sure your frames are recycled

If you want to be absolutely certain that your frames can be reused after removal, there are measures you should take. This will help to ensure that your installer is removing the frames correctly. When a surveyor checks your property, make sure all materials that must be disposed of or recycled are correctly recorded.

Additionally, check with the installer that they are sending the materials to the correct place. DGN installers only work with trusted plastic and glass recycling facilities, ensuring that no part of your window goes to waste.

How much of a frame can be recycled?

The question is, can uPVC frames be recycled? Unlike timber frames, which cannot always be recycled, all components of Liniar uPVC windows, including the glass, are recyclable. With up to 10 re-uses, the same materials can be in circulation for up to 300 years. Some of the benefits of recycling old frames are that they can be reused. This includes repurposing as piping, garden furniture or even as dental retainers.

As well as being the most thermally efficient window frame on the market, Liniar windows offer the most future-proof solution for your window installation. To find out more about having Liniar windows installed in your home use our free Quote Builder. Or you can contact your nearest installer today.

How to find a trustworthy window installer

Finding somebody to install your windows and doors can be a tricky business. Even a recommendation is only as reliable as the person making it. The strength of a single job is also not always the best indicator of trustworthiness.

At the Double Glazing Network (DGN) we understand the importance of having someone trustworthy to do such significant home improvement on your house. In this article, we’ll discuss the most important factors to consider when looking for an installer and the simplest ways to find someone reliable.

What to look for in a window installer

There are many considerations when choosing somebody to install your windows and doors. The following will help to ensure that you have an efficient installation and achieve satisfying results.

Location: Where is your installer based? It’s all very well having an installer with rave reviews, but if they’re based 50 miles away, how quickly are they going to be able to get to you? It’s advised that you try to find somebody based locally to you. This will help to ensure they can be flexible and responsive in delivering the work.

Previous work: It’s essential that you get a good idea of what your installer is capable of. Ask to see examples of their previous work and ensure they provide you with quality images. You should also ask for references and see if they have any reviews on review sites.

Who are their suppliers?: Another critical element in selecting an installer is choosing somebody who uses quality products and, more importantly, products which match your requirements. A reliable installer is only as good as their team and their supply chain. A reputable installer should be able to tell you who their suppliers are and provide you with guarantees of their service.

Other tips

The easiest and safest way to do this is to use our online QuoteBuilder to create your bespoke window or door quotes and find a local installer. Double Glazing Network only works with trustworthy installers with a proven track record. You can also locate your nearest window or door installer here.

For further tips on a smooth installation, see our previous article on how to minimise unexpected delays with window or door installations.

Can you paint uPVC windows and doors?

Whether your window and door frames are starting to look less than their best, or you simply want a new look for your home, it can be tempting to try and paint the frames. We take a look at whether you can paint your uPVC windows or doors and end up with a finish that will last.

Well in truth, yes, it can be done. However, done incorrectly, you can end up with frames that look worse than before. This is why most homeowners now prefer to take advantage of the range of styles and finishes on offer. However, if you do decide to paint your frames, there are some things you need to consider.

When painting

When painting onto a uPVC window or door frame, you will first need to use a uPVC paint primer. When buying a primer, make sure it is specifically designed for use on uPVC surfaces. Other primers intended for different surfaces will, unfortunately, not have the same effect.

The primer will help the paint to adhere to the surface and prevent the paint from running and streaking.

Common issues

uPVC does not allow paint to soak into the frame. So even with a primer, you will need to be very accurate in order to achieve a good finish. Over time, painted uPVC will also begin to crack rather than fade. This is because the uPVC frame will not flex or warp in the same way as the paint due to weather and age.

This may leave your windows and doors looking worse for wear. At which point you will need to carefully strip away the previous paint and reapply if you wish.

Alternative solutions

If you really want to spruce up the appearance of your home, our extensive range of styles and colours mean you can get the look you’re after without the need for paint. Even the addition of a new style of front door can make all the difference.

To create your bespoke quote for replacement windows or doors try our handy QuoteBuilder tool, or get in touch with our team.

Planning Permission for New Windows

For most homeowners, planning permission is a grey area. It can even prevent you from making the improvements you want to make to your home. Luckily, planning permission is rarely required when installing new windows.

However, there are a number of exceptions. Without due consideration, you may find your plans for new windows are scuppered before you even start. So before you engage somebody to install your new windows, it’s best to check first if planning permission applies.

When do I need planning permission for new windows?

Planning regulations vary depending on the local authority for your area, so it’s always best to make your first enquiries there. If you are in any doubt, you should also contact a surveyor to obtain an expert professional opinion. Are you trying to determine whether or not you need planning permission for your new windows and doors?

Our top tips follow.

Switching from a flat to a bay window

In this instance, you will need planning permission as you are altering the structure of your home, as well as the appearance. Care must be taken to ensure the loads are properly supported during and after the installation. Planning permission will be subject to a structural assessment conducted by a qualified engineer.

Do you live in a listed area?

If you live in a listed area, you will need to obtain planning permission before making any changes to the external aesthetic of the building, this includes changing your windows. Replacement windows will be required to be in keeping with the building’s existing appearance to ensure the area retains its current aesthetic.

Fire Safety

Newly installed windows must be equal to or greater in size than existing installations. This is to ensure emergency egress is possible in the event of a fire occurring. This is your responsibility as the homeowner so be sure to check with your installers that they are installing correctly.

It is your responsibility to be up to date with planning regulations in order to ensure your new home is compliant. However, a qualified and trusted installer will always guide on these regulations and make sure your installation is correct and legal. If in doubt, always contact a surveyor to guide you through the process.

For peace of mind, find your nearest trusted Double Glazing Network installer here. You can also create your own quote for replacement doors and windows by using our quote builder tool.

How to minimise unexpected delays to window or door installation

The thought of having any large-scale home improvements fills many of us with dread. The big question being, how long is this going to take? And how much disruption will it cause? Whilst every company will provide an estimated timeframe, there’s always the chance that the unexpected will occur. Meaning you could end up being inconvenienced for far longer than you had initially expected.

So how can you minimise unexpected delays? Well, there are a number of things you can do. With this guide, we’ll teach you to minimise delays. Meaning you can enjoy your new home improvement as quickly as possible.

Get a schedule in writing

It’s a good idea before you start to get a schedule from your installer, in writing. This gives you the opportunity to make arrangements around the work being carried out. It also provides you with evidence of the installer’s intentions from the outset. It is also a good idea to establish a rapport with your installers to ensure there is good communication between you and the team. This will make them more likely to keep you informed of any potential delays, ahead of time.

Prepare the site beforehand

The more you can do to prepare the site, the quicker your installers will be able to get to work. This means ensuring halls are clear and work areas are free of furniture and other obstructions. Not only will this speed up the process, but will also go a long way to building a good relationship between yourself and your installers.

Use Quote Builder

Nobody likes to sit around waiting for a quote to be finalised. Delaying the start time could also mean you end up missing the nice weather and having to have your windows or doors installed in less favourable conditions. Thus leading to further delays.

By making use of our Quote Builder, DGN customers can reduce these delays and generate a bespoke quote in a matter of minutes. By providing key measurements and selecting from our extensive range of styles you can get a quotation built just for you.

Choosing the right time to replace your windows.

When is the best time to replace your windows? Really, the answer is the time that suits you best. You may prefer to have your windows replaced during the summer months when the weather is warmer and inclement weather is less likely to hold up progress. However, during the autumn, installers take fewer bookings, meaning they will be able to dedicate more time to your project and you can have your new windows installed before the winter weather arrives.

When you DO experience delays

When you do experience delays in the installation, the first task is to contact the project leader and seek an explanation for the delay. They will be able to give you an idea of how long it will take for the project to get back on track. Now is also a good time to refer them to the project plan they gave you up front.

Find a trusted installer

And finally, when you’re having your windows replaced, it’s always best to source an approved and trusted installer. Double Glazing Network members are all required to operate with a 7-10 day turnaround on quotes, so you know your window or door installation will always be underway without delay. Click here to find your nearest Double Glazing Network approved installer.

All you need to know about Composite Doors

In recent years, composite doors have become an increasingly popular choice with homeowners due to their great looks, as well as their structural and insulating benefits.

Today we’re going to be taking a closer look at composite doors and how they differ from uPVC, timber and aluminum doors. We’ll also be looking at the pros and cons of choosing a composite door over other materials, plus where to buy them.

What is a composite door?

Composite doors, unlike other singular material doors, are made up of several different components. Typically a composite door has three distinct material layers:

  1. An outer layer made of uPVC combined most commonly with galvanized steel, however, this can vary from door to door.
  2. Layer two is a second uPVC layer.
  3. Finally, the door’s core is made of a hardwood.

There can also be further insulating layers, to aid with thermal efficiency.

At the Double Glazing Network, however, we’ve taken this a step further. Our composite doors are made of 17 laminated layers! Making them 10% thicker than the average composite door. This all adds up to the Vista being one of the strongest and most versatile composite doors available.

That’s not all though. As with all DGN products, we commit to offering a huge range of styling options to suit any home. You can configure your very own Vista composite door to your heart’s content, using our quote builder tool.

So what are the benefits of a composite door?

Composite doors are first and foremost, incredibly hard wearing. Due to the reinforced materials used, the combined strength provided is unmatched. As a result composite doors are very difficult to break in to. Coupled with our multipoint locking system, would-be thieves don’t stand a chance.

Composite doors are also engineered to be extremely weather resistant. As such they are very thermally efficient, perfect for homeowners looking to lower their energy bills.

Much like a uPVC door, a composite door is low-maintenance. Although they may contain wood matter, it is as part of a composite layer. This means that it does not require the same type of maintenance as a regular wooden door would.

Are there disadvantages?

The one main disadvantage of selecting a composite door is the price. The meticulous construction of a composite door and the high-quality materials that go into creating one, increase the price. However, this price increase is well worth the added security benefits that the door provides. With all of the advantages, composite doors continue to become a more popular choice for homeowners.

 

At DGN we provide secure and efficient composite doors with style options to suit any home. With an expected lifetime of over 35 years and a 10-year manufacturers guarantee, you can’t go wrong. Get a quote on your new composite door today. Or for more information get in touch with our team or your trusted local DGN installer.

 

All about uPVC window hinges

When choosing your new uPVC Double Glazed Window, an important factor to consider is the hardware and more importantly the window hinges. Not only do they impact the aesthetics of your window but also its functionality. In this article, we’ll cover the different types of hinges available and how they differ.

Standard Hinge

The standard hinge is made from highly durable stainless steel, providing anti-corrosion properties. Making them incredibly long lasting, whilst also offering excellent functionality including child locking.

Fire Egress Hinge

The Fire Egress hinge provides homeowners with the same smooth and trouble-free operation provided by standard hinges. Additionally, however, it also allows the window to open further, offering an emergency escape route in the event of a fire.

Easy Clean Hinge

The Easy Clean hinge is pretty self-explanatory. It provides access to both faces of the window which makes cleaning easy and hassle-free. They are particularly well suited to properties where the outside of the window is hard to reach. Such as in a block of flats or non-ground-floor properties.

 

Caring for your window hinges

Ensuring that your windows continue to function properly is an important job. As with item, repeated use will cause wear and tear over time and window hinges are no different.

First of all, make sure that the hinges are well lubricated. This will prevent friction from building up which will cause damage over time. Checking for debris and giving your hinges a good clean every few months will mean there’s less chance of blockages.

If your Window hinges are sticking or are otherwise not performing as they should be, it may be time to replace them. Especially during the hot summer or cold winter, having a window that operates we’ll is key to a happy home.

 

If you’re looking for high quality double glazed uPVC windows, you can get a free online quote using our quote builder tool. There’s plenty of hardware to choose from.

You can also find your nearest DGN window installer using our locator tool.

Beating the summer heat – How certain window and door types improve air flow through the home

Continuing on with our topic of beating the summer heat, in this week’s article we’ll be looking at the kinds of windows that are best suited to creating greater airflow through the home. Any client that asks how to make their home cooler should be aware of the affect poor airflow has on the heat of a home.

So what causes poor airflow

One of the most common culprits of poor air flow is the mistake of only opening a single door or window as an inlet. To create proper air flow through the home you need both an intake and outlet. Opening windows at opposite ends of the home will provide this.

As well as this, advise customers to make sure there are no obstructions. This includes internal doors, or even the fittings on your windows, such as a curtain. These small diversions to air flow can make large impacts on how much cool air is circulating through your home.

Keeping secure

Although opening your windows is a great way to create better airflow throughout your home, you should always make sure to keep secure when doing so. Never leave your windows or doors unopened when you are not in the house. If you have a window open in a room you are not using, whilst in the house, consider using some safety precautions. We have plenty of bespoke solutions available.

Can your Window and door choices help?

Whilst all windows can aid with better airflow, if a new set is required and proper airflow is a concern, there are certain models better suited to it.

The Tilt & Turn is both elegant and secure, but in this case specifically, the utility of the Liniar Tilt & Turn is where it really shines. The uPVC Tilt & Turns wide range of motion make it unbeatable when it comes to directing air through your home. In the case of doors, both the Liniar bi-fold and Liniar French door are best in class when it comes to providing a cool breeze through the home.

Will my windows get damaged if I leave them open all the time?

Unlike wooden or aluminium frames which over time will suffer under the elements, our Liniar uPVC windows and doors don’t warp under the pressure. We even provide large insurance periods for warping and cracking, so we’ve got you covered.

If you have a client looking for new windows and doors, our powerful quote builder tool provides fast, free quotes based on your requirements that can then be carried out by one of our trusted installers. If you have any further questions, get in touch with our team, we’re always happy to help.

Why are Air Conditioning Units so uncommon in the UK?

This month we’re going to be covering ways you can beat the heat at home. With the neverending heatwave we’re experiencing in the UK, our customers are regularly asking about ways they can make their homes cooler. One question that comes up a lot is why Air Conditioning Systems are not as popular in the UK and whether they’re a worthy investment.

In this article, we’ll cover the whats and whys and try to shed some light on what we feel are the best solutions for air conditioning

So why are AC units so uncommon in the UK

According to a study by Mintel in 2008, just 0.5% of UK homes had any form of built-in air conditioning. For comparison, in the US more than 100 million homes have some form of ACU. This is down to a few key factors.

Generally, homes within the UK are far older than those in the US. Quite a few have been standing since before America was even founded! With air conditioning units being a relatively new invention, most UK homes predate their creation.

Along those same lines, most UK homes are built from brick. Featuring either no wall cavities or very small ones. These already contain your pre-existing hot water and electric systems, making installation very difficult. Retrofitted systems are therefore difficult and costly, ranging from £2000 to upwards of five figures.

As well as this, the UK is generally cooler for most of the year. Our climate means at most an air conditioning unit would get up to 3 months of use per year. For their cost, you would likely not see a return on your investment for many years.

When are Air Conditioning Units used?

Generally, Air conditioning units are more common in offices or commercial buildings with high foot traffic. These high traffic areas subsequently have a higher need for cooling systems. It’s also far easier to fit a ducted Air system in large open spaces most commonly found in commercial spaces than it is to fit hot water piping. They also get year-round use as they serve both a cooling and heating function.

So what are the Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Air conditioning units provide both hot and cold air, meaning you only need one system for all of your climate control requirements
  • Good systems aid with air purification (As radiators heat locally they can encourage bacteria growth which spreads into the air)
  • Air conditioning units are fast acting, meaning there’s no wait time for them to take effect.
Cons
  • Air Conditioning Units are generally all or nothing, having very little control from room to room. This is due to ducts generally being a single interconnected system.
  • Electricity is more expensive than gas
  • Air Conditioning Units use far more space than traditional hot water systems making them poorly suited for most homes.

Are there alternatives?

There are plenty of ways to achieve the same cooling effect in your home, without investing thousands for a full AC system. Portable ducted units are becoming far more common, costing as little as £200. These units work the same way as fully ducted systems. Air is pulled in via a duct and then cooled internally, before being blown out to cool your home.

Desk fans are also a popular choice for the office and are incredibly cheap via online stores. However, they’re less effective when used in large spaces.

Whatever you feel works best for you were always happy to provide advice and let you know which of our uPVC window frames are best suited to your choice of air conditioning unit and for more helpful articles keep an eye on our blog.