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Anything to improve "blown" double glazing?

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indecisivedoctor Sun 19-Jul-15 08:05:02

Hello!

We are about to move into a cottage - completing this week.

There are several "blown" double glazing units which look like there is some condensation inbetween the two panes of glass in both bedroom windows and some of the conservatory ceiling units.

We are hoping to extend within a year so would likely be replaced then as part of the build but is there anything I can do in the interim to improve the ugly appearance?

Thanks in advance.

tribpot Sun 19-Jul-15 08:24:48

Interesting thread - I have one such window that I haven't got around to replacing so interested to know if there is anything that can be done as an interim measure.

RoganJosh Sun 19-Jul-15 08:32:18

You can replace the glass for about £100 a unit which sorts it out. I haven't had it done, but I did investigate it once when we were looking to buy a house with a few like this.

wowfudge Sun 19-Jul-15 08:39:17

I've replaced a few units over the years. A glazier can do it for you - they need to measure up and get the correct gap between the panes. If it's upvc windows, the internal beading is removed, the glass replaced and levelled up and the beading put back. It takes a few minutes.

Cost depends on the size of the glass.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 19-Jul-15 08:39:43

Pil have just had the glass replaced in theirs too but I dont know how much they paid.

Optimist1 Sun 19-Jul-15 08:41:24

If the retro net curtains look doesn't do it for you, then I agree with RoganJosh that replacing units is less expensive than you might think. I guess the conservatory ones could be studiously ignored to save cost?

indecisivedoctor Sun 19-Jul-15 08:46:56

Thank you all.. Had no idea you could do that. Yes, think would have to ignore conservatory as that would definitely be replaced next year but would prob do one in what will be dd's room to avoid the damp bedsit looks!

Follyfoot Sun 19-Jul-15 09:02:21

I had all the blown units in a house replaced once - it was lots cheaper than I imagined and took less than a day to do them all (a whole house). Definitely worth doing for your bedroom windows.

PigletJohn Sun 19-Jul-15 13:39:32

ask around for a local independent specialist (the big name brands have to cover the cost of their expensive sales and marketing, and would rather sell you a houseful of new windows).

There is sure to be someone in your town. Mine was recommended by the window cleaner. He is semi-retired having previously worked for window companies.

Looking back, this year and last I had I think three small panes replaced at a cost of £78 (which I think was ridiculously cheap) and a single patio door reglazed in laminated glass DG (burglar resistant) for £385.

In my commercial premises he replaced the panel in a metal shopfront door and a couple of similar size fixed panes for I think about £125 each.

All the units are made to size (including matching the thickness and the pattern of any obscure glass).

If I'd realised it could be so cheap I would have had them done the moment I saw a trace of mistiness. I think I would have laminated in all downstairs windows, it might cost about double.

Pradaqueen Sun 19-Jul-15 13:41:56

I posted about this earlier this year and had 9 units replaced in a renovation by the local glazier for £425 and I'm in the South East. Get a few quotes from your nearest firms but it is quick and easy to organise with very little mess. Good luck!

indecisivedoctor Sun 19-Jul-15 21:04:05

Thanks Prada- you're not in Herts are you?

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