Type of Work
CAN I CHANGE MY LEADED GLASS IN MY WINDOWS TO CLEAR + UPGRADE TO A-RATED SPEC?
Our most recent project took place at 5 bedroom detached property in Loughton Essex.
Our client had aluminium windows throughout the house that were over 30 years in age, mainly all finished with square lead pattern.
There was over 30 units that the seals had blown on, leaving them to become Misty and Cloudy, our client wanted to change some things around by having the back windows in the house replaced in clear glass instead of the square leads, so they could enjoy the Epping Forest views and Greenery from there very nice manicured garden
There was a total of 68 Double Glazed Sealed Units that we were replacing, so our client asked about the A rated specifications available, we arranged some samples, as when you change from clear glass to Low E and Soft coat products, certain manufactured glass comes with a very noticeable BLUE HAZY TINT when the sun shines on the glass. We always like our clients to see what they are ordering when going down the A rated route of glass specs.
We always try to recommend the Planitherm Total + Glass by Saint Gobain, as this is the most clearest glass available in today’s market in our opinion.
We did show our client the other well known soft coat glass, and with no surprise her exact words were:
“WOW, I AM GLAD YOU GAVE ME THE OPTION AND DIDN’T SUPPLY ME WITH THAT GLASS, I HELD IT UP IN THE SUN LIGHT AT THE WEEKEND AND WAS SHOCKED TO SEE HOW BLUE AND HAZY IT WAS, I WANTED TO ENJOY MY VIEWS OF THE GARDEN”
She decided on the Planitherm Total + for the internal pane, followed by a clear glass on the external, separated with a 12mm Black Thermix Warm edge Spacer Bar, and filled with Argon Gas, this will help to achieve more thermal insulation throughout the Windows, the windows at the front of the property had 9mm silver square oval leads, which we matched up to correspond with the existing ones
After 3 days of hard work from our installation team, we managed to get great results, and successfully restore the 30 year old window frames with a simple affordable glass replacement, our client had saved over £40,000 from having complete new Aluminium windows, we also replaced all of the Back wedge Rubber Gaskets on the inside of the windows to make the new glass specification perform to its maximum capabilities.
So if you do decide to have some new windows and doors, we advise that you inspect the Low E + Soft coat glass on offer, and check in the sunlight to make sure your aware of the Blue Hazy tints, many of times we are called in to inspect glass units in brand new windows and doors that are only a few weeks old, and customers ask us if that hazy look is right. Our answer is, always find out from your preferred company that is carrying out the works for you, to supply you with the exact make and manufacturer of glass that you will be getting to avoid any disappointment, and double check online of the latest reviews and info on that product.
Our client was left overwhelmed with the transformation we had done on the windows, light and airy rooms with great views, THAT’S WHAT WINDOWS ARE FOR, RIGHT??
This is the kind email message we received from Tracy:
“CAN I JUST SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR HELP, WE ARE THRILLED WITH THE WINDOWS, THEY HAVE MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE, IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE SOMEONE AS PROFESSIONAL AS YOU AND MISTY GLAZE TO DEAL WITH, AND WOULD RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICES WITHOUT ANY HESITATION. KIND REGARDS. TRACY”