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Only front of house double glazed-why?

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miggles33 Wed 23-Nov-16 10:41:32

I have seen a house for sale which I want to put an offer in on. It is a 3 bed Victorian terraced house with bay windows and high ceilings. Only the front rooms with bay windows in have been double glazed with wooden glazing. Why not the rest of the house (lots of windows!)? I have seen the same in another house for sale. Does this mean I can stop worrying that the house will be freezing as maybe the rest of the house is okay?

Fabellini Wed 23-Nov-16 10:42:44

It might've been done to reduce noise maybe? Does the front of the house face on to a busy road or something like that?

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 23-Nov-16 10:43:45

Traffic noise.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Wed 23-Nov-16 10:44:55

Probably cost. Couldn't afford to do all of them so did the most important ones.

ZoFloMoFo Wed 23-Nov-16 10:46:36

The back is south facing so is warmer?

Kidnapped Wed 23-Nov-16 10:48:38

They could probably only afford to replace the front ones at the time.

Or maybe the other windows were in reasonably good condition and they didn't want to change them just yet.

And no, I don't think you can conclude that the house is warm from that. It could still be freezing.

TerriB84 Wed 23-Nov-16 11:56:32

We had this in our current house. Some windows had been upgraded, some hadn't. And I can confirm that this does not mean the house will not be freezing. Replacing the remaining single glazed windows was one of the first things we did (as well as upgrading loft insulation and adding cavity wall insulation).

specialsubject Wed 23-Nov-16 12:09:53

I bought a house like that - back faced south so old wooden windows destroyed by UV. We did the front a few years later, with a double glazing firm who lived up to everything you hear...

It will be cost. Which way does the house face?

PigletJohn Wed 23-Nov-16 12:13:35

Wooden DG is relatively expensive, so they were presumably anxious to get the best that would be in keeping with the house.

By renovating the front first they have done the public face of the house, for appearance I expect, and it will also reduce traffic noise.

If you like the quality of the new windows, ask who did them and perhaps you can do the others later.

MiaowTheCat Wed 23-Nov-16 12:41:28

Cost if you can't afford it all at once and don't want to get it done on finance.

We're having to do ours in phases - back downstairs, front downstairs - upstairs to follow in a year or so.

Unfortunately the obviously half done setup attracts door to door double glazing salesmen like flies around a dog turd.

Our house is fine temperature wise with our setup - we've got a mix of new double glazing, old knackered double glazing and even some original 1920s single glazing in one very arkward shaped window (it's an octagon so really arkward shaped)

previously1474907171 Wed 23-Nov-16 21:46:51

I lived in a place once which only had double glazing in one back bedroom which I thought was odd. I moved in during Summer. When winter arrived I realised that the weather at the back was much worse than at the front due to the positioning of the surrounding buildings, wind blew all the rain, sleet and snow directly at that window, hardly anything at the front.

user1470997562 Wed 23-Nov-16 21:50:30

Cost. Somebody else put them in, they've had no money to do the back.

rollonthesummer Wed 23-Nov-16 21:57:56


YelloDraw Wed 23-Nov-16 22:00:46

Most likely cost. Potentially noise.

Probably the living room and the main bedroom are at the front so they did that side.

My house had one window at the back not done which I did when I moved in. Funny because every other window was done but that was the spare room so I guess they saved £800 by not doing it!

MiaowTheCat Thu 24-Nov-16 07:57:53

We're doing ours also in order of knackeredness - the bay window was leaking and causing all sorts of bother so that got done before the bedroom windows which are next on the list.

Awkward Octagon is just waiting till we decide what the hell to do with it (I can see it becoming a non-awkward rectangle in the future)

MigsSlippers Thu 24-Nov-16 12:19:22

I suspect the single glazed rooms will be much colder!! Ours certainly was. My mum was telling me the other day it used to be very common for people to get a couple of windows done at a time, because DG was so expensive. Still is if you are committed to using some nationally advertised brands, and fail to haggle properly...

Janeyspamey Fri 25-Nov-16 23:35:28

We've got this in our mid terrace property. It does mean that the back rooms are colder but they have lovely original sash windows, which was one of the things that appealed to us when we bought the house

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