Installing new windows in your property is a quick and easy way to give it a new lease of life. This is especially true of commercial buildings which may date back some time, and if situated near busy roads can accumulate quite a thick layer of dirt and grime. Sometimes the aesthetics may not be your main concern but perhaps the windows need to be changed for health and safety or to improve energy efficiency. This is particularly relevant for those working towards the new EPC regulations that come into force in April 2018.
Is planning permission required?
In most cases, this is not a process that has to be undertaken before the installation of new secondary glazing. The only exception to this is if the property is a listed building. However, what you may also have to consider is any building work that needs to take place before the windows can be fitted. You should also receive a certificate from the installation company certifying that the windows have been installed correctly to the specified standard.
Are there any specific building regulations to take note of?
As mentioned above, the new EPC regulations are being brought into place to ensure that every property meets a certain standard. Changing the windows is one of the best and quickest ways to see an instant change in the building’s energy performance. Secondary glazing is widely recognised for its insulation qualities and its ability to retain any heat generated within the spaces that feature it.
Management of waste during fitting
The installation of secondary glazing is not solely about the new windows. The existing glass needs to be removed and disposed of with care, and in most instances recycled. This is part of our remit as a responsible and experienced window fitting company, ensuring that the materials we use are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Time taken for installation
The time it takes to install secondary glazing will vary for each order. This is only something that can accurately be determined once a thorough site visit has been conducted. A very rough guide can be a one-hour time slot for a window-sized 1 x 1 metres. Each project is different and there can be a wide range of variants that make each installation easier or more complicated, which is why we provide a bespoke service to each and every customer.
We are often asked, how much does secondary glazing cost? Similar to calculating the installation time, putting together costings for a project will also depend on several factors. As a general rule, secondary glazing can be seen as cheaper than double glazing and can typically be installed in a shorter time period. The total cost will depend on things such as the number of windows required, window type and whether noise or draft proofing is the main objective of the glazing. For example, noise reduction proofing utilises a more specialised and expensive glass than normal. For companies that work on a supply basis only, we can offer a significant 40% discount on all trade enquiries, offering the highest quality materials at prices you will not be able to source anywhere else.