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Installation of Secondary Double Glazed Windows for Renovations and Refurbishment

Sometimes it may not be possible to replace old windows and doors at your discretion, such as when the building is heritage listed and the owner is required to maintain the period features outside or when body corporate/council permission must first be obtained because any new double glazed windows and doors should match all other windows. In practice, customers are rarely rejected such quality, value added improvements, especially when the existing windows are deemed unsafe, but appropriate permissions can take months and considerable effort. For customers who do not want to go through this trouble, one of the solutions is to install secondary windows.

Other clients are referred to Double Glazed Windows and Doors for secondary glazing by energy efficiency consultants and acoustic engineers, because secondary glazing is extremely effective in insulating your home against heat, cold, wind, water and noise. Essentially, secondary double glazing will mimic the benefits of triple glazing, but with a wider air-gap, creating the ultimate environment for absolute luxury and comfort.

The only condition for secondary glazing is at least 50mm wide interval from your existing windows to the start of the wall or if you have a windowsill with minimum 50mm wall space on the side. If in doubt, feel free to send us pictures, photographs or we can arrange for a surveyor to visit you for a free consultation.

Installation Process

When installing secondary double glazed windows, existing windows are retained. Double Glazed Windows and Doors' installers do not remove existing windows during the secondary window installation.

Tools Required:

  • Gloves, Goggles
  • Tape Measure, Spirit Level, Pencil
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Hand Drill, with 3, 3.5 or 4mm drill bits
  • Screws see below for sizes
  • Any type of Saw (to cut an aluminium angle)
  • Expanding foam
  • Window Packers - 1, 3, 7, 12mm

Fitting Secondary Double Glazed Windows and Doors

Window insertion involves fitting the window in the aperture, which is a two-stage process. The first stage involves levelling the window horizontally and applying packers until the desired level is reached. The second stage entails using packers on the sides; to prevent tilting forwards or backwards, so the double glazed window does not fall out when it is no longer manually supported.

If the double glazed window leans forwards or backwards, the window was not levelled correctly. This can result in window sash swinging in or out (if casement) when it would otherwise have stayed in position without having to apply the lock. It is prudent to check everything before moving onto the next stage.

The second stage involves screwing the window in place. We recommend using 120mm size screws. Decide on the corner for the first bottom screwing points - either left or right.

The screws are affixed one side a time, and it is necessary to maintain the window level during this process. The screwing points are strategically selected: the primary screwing points are 100mm from the bottom and top, and the remaining screwing points 350-400mm in between the top and bottom points. The number of screwing points depends on the window and door size.

On first application, the screws are tightened lightly, and only finished tight after all the screwing points have been attached. Failure to leave the screws gently fixed may result in the window curving slightly on one side. If the side looks bent, it is possible to decrease the magnitude by releasing the screw somewhat, adding packers then re-tightening the screw.

Sealing Secondary Double Glazed Windows and Doors for Insulation

It requires considerable skill to seal the new secondary double glazed window on the outside because movement is restricted by existence of the original window, so a corner nozzle for sealant is used to reach far enough to seal the window completely. If it is not possible to get access between the new and existing windows with a sealant, it will result in incomplete weather sealing, which will compromise the technical excellence and high performance of the new double glazed windows or doors. The use of corner nozzle will eliminate the need for squeezing and reaching between narrow space, save time and provide a more through seal around the window.

The aperture and the window require cleaning with a wet cloth at this point, because expandable foam and silicon are applied next. If the area is dirty, the silicon will not adhere properly and dust will become trapped on the surface, resulting in a sloppy and messy appearance. Dust is normal, and appears during drilling, but it has to be removed to enable good adhesion of filling substances and, therefore, insulation for the window.

Expandable foam is applied before the silicon on all gaps bigger than 7mm wide, and is left to dry for an hour. Once the protruding excess of the foam is trimmed down with a knife, silicon can be applied.

To ensure that the window looks attractive and stylish when the installation is complete, the right colour of silicon should be selected. Ideally, the silicon colour should match the window colour. The silicon that is used on the outside should be waterproof to prevent water leakage. Although using a waterproof silicon on the inside is desirable, sometimes the owner's priority is for interior design, so to allow the possibility of different finishes, using silicon that can be painted may be more practical to such clients.

The silicon is not only cosmetic, but also provides an effective waterproof, weatherproof and noise proof barrier for maximum insulation rating of the double glazed panel, window or door. Silicon dries quickly, but care should be taken nevertheless not to smear it.

Glazing of Secondary Double Glazed Windows and Doors

Care must be taken and safety remembered at all times, since the double glazed units can be particularly heavy and the risk of injury higher than working with window frames.

Glazing also requires use of additional tools comprised of:

  • Glass suction cups/ vacuum cups
  • Rubber or plastic hammer
  • Glass/ Glazing packers
  • Silicon or plastic glue

To start, apply glass/glazing packers on the bottom section of the frame/sash, on top of the indentation for glazing in the profile. The width of the packers should be between 5-7mm. This will raise the insulated glass unit, and even if you install the window correctly, it is still necessary to keep the glass straight and centre it inside the window. The double glazed unit differs from a single pane of glass in that if the double glazed unit is not centred, it will be obvious and it will compromise the modern and stylish design of the window.

The glass should be centred, that is, the distance of the gap at the top is the same as at the bottom. The side packers will keep the glass straight and prevent movement inside the sash. From the top, measure about 1/3 of the height of the glass pane, and by using plastic glue or silicon, attach glass packers to the side of the glazing indentation in the profile. For best results, the suction cups should be used for the next step. Place the glass in the prepared area. By using vacuum cups, it is possible to move the insulated glass unit around inside the glazing area, to make slight adjustments in order to achieve the desired position. Finally, using a rubber or plastic hammer, tap the glazing bead or strips around to hold the glass in place.

Final Step of installation of Double Glazed Windows and Doors

Where appropriate, (not on fixed panels) fit the handle and hinge covers. Test the window by opening and closing to ensure it is operational.

You should not have to use force to open and close the window, and it should be airtight when closed. The sash should fit into the frame and there should be no gaps between frame and sash and frame and wall when closed. If the window or door looks crooked it has not been correctly installed. Open the sash a few times and check if the operation is smooth and comfortable. It is possible to ease or tighten the operation according to he users preference.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
 

New Construction

 

Installation of Double Glazed Windows in new homes or buildings is usually performed by the builder and his team, however, we are prepared to quote and provide an installation service if required. Installation fee is calculated on a per item basis and depends on the size and quantity of the items. The installation quote ordinarily includes glazing, but we can also provide a quote for installation excluding glazing, or a glazing only installation - we are flexible and understand that client circumstances vary.   Greater detail on double glazed new construction can be found here

 
     
 

Replacement

 

Installation of replacement double glazed windows and doors or for new constructions includes removal but not disposal of existing windows, and includes glazing, which involves fitting glass into the frame.
If you hired a builder to manage the installation, but they are unfamiliar with upvc, we provide consulting services to ensure the windows installation is trouble free.   For supplementary material on double glazed replacement click here

 
     
 

Double Brick

 

Awning windows have both federation and contemporary architecture applications. Our windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our windows can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being.   For a detailed discussion on the subject of double glazed double brick click here

 
     
 

Clading

 

Awning windows have both federation and contemporary architecture applications. Our windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our windows can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being.   Get the answers on your questions on double glazed clading on this page

 
     
 

Single Brick

 

Awning windows have both federation and contemporary architecture applications. Our windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our windows can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being.   Read more on double glazed single brick

 
     
 

Sealing

 

Many people have the impression that all silicone gels on the market are the same, but we have found that their properties and, therefore, suitability varies dramatically. Generally, the descriptions of silicone offer little information as to the correct grade and type for a given application, and because of performance variability, there is no one type of silicone sealant that should be used for everything. Using the incorrect silicone or improper use may cause joint failure, contamination of surfaces because of poor application, excessive movement in the sealed joint.   Read more on double glazed sealing

 
     
 

Measuring Your Window

 

The most important part of the installation procedure for double glazed windows and doors, comes before you even order your windows. It is critical that you measure your old window opening properly and accurately. Pvc double glazed windows and doors are custom-built and can't be returned if the size ordered was inaccurate. This is why for all replacement windows and doors and some new constructions, our trained technicians will take their own measurements before manufacture. All of our double glazed windows and doors are manufactured to a high accuracy, so ideally you should get the closest fit possible.   Get all the facts on double glazed measuring your window

 
     
 

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Bifold Door

 

Embrace the beauty and sophistication of our Bifold Double Glazed Door carefully crafted with uncompromising expertise and unsurpassed quality The Double Glazed Doors are the ideal choice for the aspiring or an expert entertainer, offering an awe inspiring effect of an unobstructed opening onto a pool deck, garden, private beach, bushland or conservatory. The superior performance features are maintained in this style, offering acoustic insulation of upto 40 dB, with excellent energy efficiency rating measured by a u-value of 1.8, all while being corrosion resistant and environmentally friendly.   Examine all the facts on double glazed bifold door page

 
     
 

Side Hinged Window

 

A meticulously controlled work process allows increased speed and economies of scale advantage in production and assembly. The design elements in the classic Side Hinged Double Glazed windows are sometimes subdued, but fundamentally enriching - aesthetically and through improved comfort. The classic design allows to emerge important elements such as a strong sense of mass, structural legibility and strength with clear proportional relationships between solid and void. Side Hinged windows are similar to Casement windows, but open out and provide the highest possible acoustic and thermal insulation. Side Hinged windows are uncomplicated and cost-efficient, and when combined with our double glazed units, and offer exceptional improvements in performance when compared against ordinary aluminium or wooden windows. With architect's help, the Side Hinged Double Glazed windows will no doubt encourage inhabitants or users to gain architectural delight from their serendipitous journeys throughout the home.   Greater detail on double glazed side hinged window can be found here

 
     
 

Tilt & Slide Door

 

Our Double Glazed Doors are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. With the right advice about placement and size, our Double Glazed Tilt and Slide Doors can improve comfort, utilize daylight and natural ventilation for improvement in overall health and well being. Window Factory Tilt and Slide Doors are the most innovative and attractive deck/ garden or balcony doors available. Not only do they boast the tilt option of other popular styles, but the Tilt and Slide Doors were also designed to maintain our reputation for high performance.   For a detailed discussion on the subject of double glazed tilt & slide door click here

 
     
 

Tilt & Turn Window

 

Every day we face tough new challenges and innovate according to our clients' needs and desires, leaving a lasting impression on everyone with our Double Glazed Windows. The most versatile and flexible window that retains its popularity through the changing trends in architecture and interior design is the Double Glazed Tilt & Turn window, which adapts to the users intention to ventilate, clean or insulate through unique hardware and security features. As well as the possibility of opening inwards or outwards, by turning the handle, clients will have the option to tilt the window inside slightly and ventilate or clean the window easily. And of course, for extraordinary performance in acoustic and thermal insulation for full control of the environment inside your home, you will be close it shut and lock it indefinitely for extra security.   Greater detail on double glazed tilt & turn window can be found here

 
     
 

Bifold Window

 

Combining the mastery of old world craftsmanship and progressive German engineering technologies, we create the most sophisticated upvc windows for the intelligent consumer who has the capacity to discern between a cheap imitation which creates disappointment, and our exceptional double glazed windows which will please and delight for years to come. Specified by architects as attributes of buildings, bifold windows bring out qualities of creativity, intelligence and magnificence that are easy to recognize but difficult to quantify or replicate by an inferior product. By making choices one transfers to the material assemblage of a building those attributes which really belong to one's personality. It is inevitable that qualities that feature in the buildings' owners' characters are read into architecture. What do your windows say about you?   Get all the facts on double glazed bifold window

 
     
 

Casement Window

 

Casement windows are an excellent choice for consumers concerned with acoustic, thermal and safety performance. The difference is obvious at a glance - the frame and sash look sturdy and substantial when compared to ordinary aluminium and wooden windows. You can have a beautifull home, but if you install inexpensive windows, the strucure of the home can feel cheaply built.   Continued on the double glazed casement window page

 
     
 

Stacker Door

 

The Double Glazed Stacker Door has two or more (upto 6) panels, with one panel sliding past another, and all of the panels resting or being 'stacked' on one or two sides. They are a great alternative to Bifold Double Glazed Doors, when the client prefers the sliding style over the Bifold, or when space is at a premium, since with Stacker or Sliding Double Glazed Doors you need not worry about furniture placement or possible exterior obstacles. These doors feature ease of operation and maintenance, a universally appealing design that will complement any modern home.   Supplementary advice on double glazed stacker door

 
     
 

Sliding Window

 

Our Double Glazed Windows are more than just apertures for light and ventilation - they can be a major spectacle offering a connection to heaven and earth. Functional, intelligent and convenient are the defining characteristics of our Double Glazed Sliding Windows. All our windows are quipped with high quality hardware for effortless opening and closing enhance all these aspects. We combine efficient technology for Double Glazed Sliding Windows with sophisticated design creating that indispensable convenience for your home. Popular with contemporary homes, our Sliding system offers additional benefit of saving space and when used with mirrored glass, can even serve as a room divider for guest privacy.   Great suggestions and more on double glazed sliding window can be found here

 
     
 

Sliding Door

 

for a natural and continuous entry into the outdoor entertaining area, which defines any modern home, choose Window Factory Double Glazed Sliding Doors. Functional, intelligent and convenient are the defining characteristics of our Double Glazed Sliding Doors. All our doors are quipped with high quality hardware for effortless opening and closing enhance all these aspects. We combine efficient technology for Double Glazed Sliding Doors with sophisticated design creating that indispensable convenience for your home. Popular with contemporary homes, our Sliding system offers additional benefit of saving space and when used with mirrored glass, can even serve as a room divider for guest privacy.   For a detailed discussion on the subject of double glazed sliding door click here

 
     
 

Tilt & Turn Door

 

When design and utility are a priority, our cutting edge technology is sure to impress! For exceptional thermal and acoustic performance coupled with trouble free maintenance and ingenious design, this Door will exceed your expectations. The inward swinging Tilt and Turn Double Glazed Door, operates in the same way as the Tilt and Turn Double Glezed Window, and is built with the same care and precision that any window and door deserves. Special high quality hardware allow a single handle to operate all three functions: multiple security locking points for safety when locked, special hinges allowing the window to tilt inside for gentle air flow, and of course, the fully opening 'turn' function for maximum air flow and ventilation.   For supplementary material on double glazed tilt & turn door click here

 
     
 

PrestigeW T58

 

Rehau quality stands for ambition and power, and these ideas are represented well in the Prestige casement upvc window and door system. The thickness of glazing ranges from 5mm to 33 mm. This double glazed window and door system comes with an overlap that measures 8 to 10 mm located between frame and sash, and this overlap not only helps to eliminate water infiltration and dust penetration, but also aids in saving energy consumption. Design optimisation of reinforcement chambers makes the double glazed window and door made of this profile highly resistant to high wind pressure.   Get the answers on your questions on double glazed prestigew t58 on this page

 
     
 

Sizes and Dimentions

 

The total cost of delivery is directly related to the sizes and number of double glazing items in your order. If any of your double glazed windows or doors exceed a certain level in either height or width, we must use a bigger truck, which will raise the cost of delivery, even if you have only a single double glzing item. The first delivery level is 4m wide; the second delivery level is 6m wide. Of course, we always stack the items in a most efficient way to save space.   To obtain additional information on double glazed sizes and dimentions

 
     
 

BASIX Compliance

 

With greater concerns about the environmentally detrimental methods and materials of traditional building practices, the government introduced special measures to minimise the long term impact on the environment. By using our products in your home, you will improve the rating of your home, because double glazing rates higher than single glazing in analysis and pvc rates higher than aluminium in terms of thermal performance. In addtion, consider strategic placement of windows and doors to maximise natural light but limit the exposure to midday summer sun, by utilising shade from nearby trees, other buidings, orientation, area and other factors.   Additional information on double glazed basix compliance can be found at this location

 
     
 

Handling and Storage

 

After the double glazed windows are delivered to your home or the construction site, ideally they should be installed as soon as possible, to minimise the risk of accidental damage. However, we understand that this may not be practical if there are other renovation or construction work being completed - in this case, it is best to store the double glazed window/ door frames and glass separately and in an area with limited access, so that the upvc window frames and insulated glass units experience the least movement possible.   Examine all the facts on double glazed handling and storage page

 
     
 

Colours

 

We appreciate the need to live in harmony with one's surroundings, both architecturally and environmentally, that is why our extensive range of colour combinations attracts many professionals seeking the combination of an eclectic colour range with a cutting edge technology. Our double glazed window and door colour profiles can be manufactured so that the profile beneath the veneer is not white, but has been made to match the veneer colour. The advantage of this method is, that in the event of an accidental damage to the surface, white fragments will not be visible and the double glazed window or door retains its original aesthetic appearance. Read more on double glazed colours.   More info on double glazed colours

 
     
 

Float Glass

 

Is the most cost effective option because the features of this type of glass are rather basic. Float glass refers to a completely flat plane of clear glass. The term float is derived from the production method, and this type of glass is also often referred to as flat glass.   Great suggestions and more on double glazed float glass can be found here

 
     
 

Delivery Schedule

 

Double Glazed Windows and Doors strive to deliver your order of double glazed pvc products in the shortest possible time to maintain high standards of service and efficiency. Normally delivery occurs 2-6 weeks after order, at an agreed date, however delivery times are dependent on size & complexity of your order as well as your location. Customers are also welcome to make their own arrangements to pick up the double-glazed windows and doors from our pvc window and door manufacturing facility.   Great suggestions and more on double glazed delivery schedule can be found here

 
     
 

Warranty

 

Double Glazed Windows and Doors recognizes every purchase is a significant investment in your home, and we do everything to ensure the double glazed windows and doors you purchase pay for themselves long after you are so comfortable you forget they are there. Double glazed windows and doors will not require replacement for many years and to guarantee superior performance we use only high quality profile, double glazed units and hardware. Our relationship with clients doesn't end when the job is complete, Double Glazed Windows and Doors are available to you for any help. Additional information on double glazed warranty can be found at this location.   Greater detail on double glazed warranty can be found here

 
     
 

Low E Glass

 

Low-e glass brings out the best that technology has to offer for improving your views and comfort! A cool, metal oxide coating is applied to clear or tinted glass, so that the appearance and performance are the same regardless of glass thickness. Low-e glass is recommended by many energy efficiency experts as a result of high performance combined with aesthetics. Low-E glass typically cost about 15% more than ordinary glass, but they reduce energy use by as much as 30-50%, by using most of the heat gain in winter but keep the harmful UV rays out during the summer, and when used in insulated glass units - can have even better benefits.
For hot climates, low-E coating should be applied to the outside pane of glass. If the windows are designed to provide heat energy in the winter and keep heat inside the house typical of cold climates, the Low-E coating will maximise benefit by being on the inside pane of glass.   To obtain additional information on double glazed low e glass

 
     
 

High Quality Hardware

 

Hardware is an integral part of the window without which the window would not function, and would not open. Quality hardware is essential for smooth operation, especially if double glazing in involved, which can significantly add to the weight of the window or door and fracture any inferior hardware, rendering the window unsafe. After performing many repairs on windows supplied by our competitors, we decided to make our window hardware a point of difference. We sourced hardware among the worlds leading suppliers, for very specialized, high performance applications to ensure that our clients are not disappointed with any aspect of the window or door. Our accomplishment as leaders of innovative solutions for complicated or difficult projects, and our creative cooperation with window hardware suppliers, has created a upvc hardware combination of unsurpassed quality, tested to withstand min of 20,000 cycles and guarantees flawless operation for the users for many years.   Get the answers on your questions on double glazed high quality hardware on this page

 
     
 

Value for Money

 

Double Glazed Windows and Doors are a lasting source of value for your home through sustainable energy savings and ease of use, as well as adding a timeless elegance that will improve appearance and resale value of your home. Thin or slender window and door frames can make even a well built home seem cheaply built, whereas sturdy and substantial window and door frames will highlight the quality finishes and reinforce the unassailability of your home. Our Double Glazed Windows and Doors are very price competitive, and although they are more expensive than standard aluminium sliding windows they will work for you and pay for themselves over the years in energy savings, cheaper maintenance, improved comfort and higher resale value of your home. With the savings in energy costs, we estimate that the Double Glazed Windows and Doors can pay for themselves in 7 years.   Supplementary advice on double glazed value for money

 
     
 

Toughened Glass

 

Also known as tempered glass, it is a type of safety glass that has increased strength and will usually shatter in small, square pieces when broken. It is used when strength, thermal resistance and safety are important considerations. At home you are likely to find toughened glass in the shower and sliding glass patio doors. For commercial structures, it is used in unframed assemblies such as frameless doors, structurally loaded applications and where there is a danger of human impact. Toughened glass is typically four to six times the strength of annealed glass.   More info on double glazed toughened glass

 
     
 

Chemical Compatibility

 

Chemical stability is very common among substances containing halogens such as chlorine and fluorine. This applies to PVC resins, which also possess fire retarding properties, durability, and oil/chemical resistance. Plastic double glazed windows and doors have a versatility that helps people meet the various needs of modern architecture. In addition to new projects, vinyl double glazed windows and doors are also widely used in refurbishment where it often replaces traditional materials such as metals and wood. Examine all the facts on double glazed chemical compatibility page.   A complete guide for double glazed chemical compatibility can be found here

 
       
 

Double Glazed Windows and Doors

 
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