Double Glazing Installation: 5 Steps To Get Your Home Ready

Double Glazing Installation: 5 Steps To Get Your Home Ready

You’ve had the quotes (if not, click here). You’ve chosen your preferred supplier. You’ve agreed a price and you’ve set the date for installation. Now all you’ll need to do is put the kettle on when they turn up and ensure a regular supply of tea, coffee and biscuits.


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Actually, there are some important things you can do beforehand to help the job go well. Both you and the contractor want to get the job done efficiently, cleanly and within the agreed timeframe. They’ve got other customers to go on to, and you’ve got a life to get on with.

Furthermore, you want to make sure your potential energy savings won’t leak out of the property in other places. So here are five steps to prepare your home for double glazing installation:

1. Ease of access – outside

Do everything you can to clear the way from the contractor’s vehicle to the installation points. If you have a driveway, park on the road to let them use it. If not, cone off a space for them directly outside your property.

Those new windows are heavy so they’ll want to be as close as possible. And move aside any obstacles which are adjacent to your windows such as plant pots or garden furniture. It’s a good idea to sweep paths/driveways, especially if there are wet leaves on the ground, which can be as hazardous as banana skins.

2. Ease of access – inside

Do everything you can to make sure rooms aren’t obstacle courses for the installers to negotiate their way around. Moving furniture to clear the way will save time and reduce any risk of damage. Take down curtains and blinds, and possibly poles and rails if they will get in the way. Clear the window sills of ornaments and any other bits & bobs. These little things can end up saving a lot of time.


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3. Protection from dust and dirt

Make sure you’ve got a good supply of dust sheets of plastic covering to protect your floors and furniture. The contractors will be coming and going in and out of the property, and the work itself can generate quite a lot of dust and debris. They’ll probably bring some coverings of their own but it’s as well to have some extra to be on the safe side. It’s also a good idea to stow your curtains and blinds away from the work areas.

4. Don’t let draughts blow away your savings

Installing double glazing will keep your home warmer and save money on those energy bills. You’re making a good investment, but the returns will diminish if you let draughts around the place waste that nice warm air. Obviously, the new windows will be draught-proofed but there are plenty of other nooks and crannies that can be plugged.

Door frames, loft hatches, gaps in floorboards and skirting boards, holes around pipework… there are ways to check these things and lots of solutions available such as weather strips, draught excluders, sealants and so on. A chimney can be a source of draught as well, so if you’ve got one you might want to think about plugging it with a fireguard, chimney balloon or chimney sheep. BUT, do remember to remove before you light a fire!

5. And finally… the three B’s

Biscuits, Buns and Beverages! Make sure you’ve got a good supply in, because with all that heavy lifting the crew will appreciate some regular refreshment! And seriously, striking up a good relationship usually helps the work to go well.


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