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A Little History
The company started when a gap in the market became obvious to us, after many years spent in all aspects of the building industry we spotted the fact that most window companies where only interested in replacement window in installation and spent a lot of time talking people in to spending money they could in 9 out of ten cases avoid by just having the sealed units that had broken down replaced rather than a complete replacement job.
As we had been double glazing installers as far back as the early 80's we had the same mind set of wanting to replace the whole house of windows and doors, until we realised we could have a good business, customers could have an excellent deal and we could go a long way towards saving the planet by leaving in place the perfectly good window and door frames and just removing and renewing the glazing.
How The Business Works
We replace your cloudy double glazed units just the glass not the frames, some times due to condensation, cracked or broken glass, scratched, etched or just aged and needing replacing. Thats it thats what we do. "But we do it well" Help save energy at the same time as our customers save lots of cash.
My Take On The History Of Double Glazing
Once upon a time before the advent of low cost double glazing people just accepted that at certain times of year they could expect to have water or condensation on the inside of single glazed windows.
In fact this moisture on the glass of a sash window would actually be frozen in the morning after particularly cold nights, this was seen as the norm back then so everyone would place cloths on the window cill to soak up the water as it thawed and ran down the glass if you failed to do this then the problem could be made worse by the moisture running off the window cill and down the wall resulting in damp walls as well as the cloudy windows in the day time.
Many companies tried various inventive methods to prevent these problems at a reasonable price and single pane, double pane and even back then triple pane replacement glazing was tried during window repairs to cure the misty windows and doors problem.
Of course all or at least most of these double glazed glass panels methods at the time would be made by machining extra grooves and rebates in to soft wood and for the better off customers hard wood sash windows.
These extra groove and rebates where formed to take the extra panes of glass which would be puttied into place to form a seal, this in the modern world may seem even to the layman to be laughable but it actually happened I know this is fact as it was taught to me at the college of further education while I was serving my time as a carpenter joiner back in the sixties. How the world has moved on eh.
Secondary glazing became quite popular around this time as well, especially useful if you lived near airports or other noisy areas as secondary double glazed windows offered a substantial noise reduction, because of this local councils would use secondary glass sliding windows in property where noise was a problem.
At this same period virtually all windows whether they be wood metal aluminium or any material such as white metal window frames, would be glazed with the glass held in place by wood tacks/pins or clips in the case of metal framed windows and then sealed in with linseed oil putty, the smell of said putty is still with me to this day.
Depending on the area you lived the glazing would be carried out by different trades as the actual job of glazier as a distinct trade was not in much evidence back then much the same as now, though during the late seventies and early eighties glaziers where accepted as a profession, with the beginning of double glazing the profession started to become extinct again.
In my area at the repair company I worked for glass and glazing would be carried out by anyone of three different trades (just shows how versatile my generation had to be) the 3 trades that would do the glaziers job would be joiners, plumbers and painter decorators, just as an aside painting and decorating was a very good trade back then not like now.
How different it is today, in the vast majority of windows today are double glazed hermetically sealed units and in some cases triple glazed units. Many of these double glazing units in fact over 6 million a year break down some call them blown units or failed double glazing.
I personally don’t subscribe to the view that cheap price double glazing is a significant contributor to failed glass units, the cost of double glazing can I believe contribute to big differences in quality of frames for doors windows and conservatories, however low cost double glazing as long as it is fitted well should last for many years.
The breakdown of glass units is for the present and near future just one of the things we have to accept as part of the process of double and triple glazed doors, windows, conservatories and any building that requires insulated windows.