With regular care and maintenance a double-glazed window or door from Cheltenham Glass and Glazing will give you many years of trouble-free use, with our products offering a life expectancy of at least 20 years.
Unfortunately not all windows and doors in the Gloucestershire properties that we visit are well made, or haven’t been well maintained, and this can cause units to fail. Misted window units can occur when seals break down or when the incorrect spacers have been used during installation.
Hinges, handles and other hardware will wear out over time, which will affect the use of your windows and doors. But this doesn’t mean that the whole unit needs to be replaced or that you will face a large bill.
At Cheltenham Glass and Glazing we recognise that budgets are tight. We offer a repair and replacement service to bring the benefits of quality double glazing to our customers across Gloucestershire without the cost of an entire window and door upgrade.
Signs that your UPVC windows need replacing can include misting in between the panes of glass and condensation appearing inside your room. This occurs when the seal between panes has failed, allowing moisture in to the unit.
Windows with a failed seal will also allow draughts in to your rooms, therefore reducing the insulation that your windows provide. This in turn will make a room feel uncomfortably cool especially around the window unit itself.
In most cases we would recommend that a misted up glazed unit is replaced with a new unit from our supplier for a longer-term solution.
However, if your budget won’t stretch to a replacement, it is possible to demist a glazed unit, although this should only be considered as a short-term solution. Whatever your circumstances our staff will be happy to discuss your options.
Putty has long been considered the glazier’s friend. Used to seal window units in to frames, putty is mouldable but gradually dries rock hard, holding windows in place, keeping draughts out and, crucially, keeping heat inside.
Because it is exposed to the elements, putty eventually becomes so hard that it cracks as the surfaces it is in contact with, most commonly wood and UPVC frames expand and contract.
A double-glazed window unit fitted in to a wooden frame will be subjected to more movement than a fully PVCu frame. This will put more stress on to the unit and can cause both the putty and the sealed unit to fail more quickly.
The experienced team of fitters at Cheltenham Glass and Glazing can replace the putty around your window units to maintain the integrity of your double glazing. This is a low-cost option which can extend the life of your windows.
Adam Worth, Director at Cheltenham Glass and Glazing, advises that the condition of UPVC windows should be checked frequently, with homeowners inspecting hardware, seals and frames for signs of deterioration at regular intervals throughout the year.
Handles, locks and hinges should be kept clean to prevent them from becoming stiff and seizing up.
Double glazing that is in poor condition will not be energy efficient. This will mean that your home will feel colder, and your heating bills will increase – another cost we could all do without!
When signs of deterioration are being found regularly the time for units to be replaced has come, and Adam recommends a summer upgrade whenever possible.
“We will always seek to repair failed double glazing wherever possible to keep costs low for our customers. We’re all facing rising living costs and are all trying to balance budgets,” Adam said.
“For those customers that do decide to replace their windows and doors, I would recommend doing so during the summer months so that the house is cosy and warm when you need it most, during the colder winter months.” He continued.
Cheltenham Glass and Glazing have over 10 years’ experience and always ensure that our repairs and installations are completed to the highest standards. We are FENSA registered, which means that you can trust that our work meets building regulations.
Contact Cheltenham Glass and Glazing today, for fast, friendly advice about UPVC repairs and replacements in Gloucestershire. We look forward to your call.
Providing fast, friendly advice and fitting, based on over 10 years experience in the glass fitting industry, our staff take pride in delivering the best possible service to all our customers. So, if you are looking for the best aluminium and UPVC windows & doors Cheltenham has to offer, contact Cheltenham Glass and Glazing today.
01242 238 887
1 Tremblant Close, Cheltenham, GL52 5FL