Emergency Glaziers Tips on your Window Glass Replacement

There are innumerable benefits to replacing the windows in your property with increased energy efficiency and heightened performance being two of the main highlights. 

However, when looking into replacement windows, there is a lot to consider, including whether you replace the window in its entirety, or instead strip and install window films. 

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Knowing your options and understanding what best suits your needs and your home’s requirements is vital. 

In this post, the team at Alan Carnall have pulled together some of our top tips and things to check when it comes to replacing windows. 

Our top tips on window glass replacement 

Replacing your windows can be done for several reasons, and you don’t have to wait until your window reaches the end of its life before you look to replace it. 

Modern windows now have a lifespan of anywhere between 15 and 20 years, with vinyl windows coming with a guarantee of between 20 and 25! 

Providing you look after and properly maintain your windows, the average lifespan we would estimate to be around 20 years. This is to guarantee full performance and maximum efficiency. 

Signs you need to replace your windows 

You have a cracked or damaged pane. 

Any damage to your windows should be seen to immediately. Leaving it, or forgetting about it until it gets worse, only leads to further damage, complications, and cost. Often a glass repair can be carried out depending on the severity of the crack or damage. However, if the frame around the window is damaged, the entire unit will need to be replaced as the overall windows performance will be negatively affected. 

Condensation is appearing on the glass. 

Condensation is a common problem found with double glazing. Condensation occurs when there is a small crack in the seal, and condensation becomes trapped between the panes of glass. It also occurs when the gas between the double glazing begins to leak, again because of a gap or break in the seal. When this happens, a replacement window is an option. 

You have large energy bills. 

Replacing old single-pane windows with double glazing and energy star certified products can make a world of difference when it comes to helping lower your energy bills. 

Window frames aren’t up to standard. 

Over the years, window frames and sills can suffer from everyday wear and tear. Regularly checking frames is essential, as if you come across a soft frame, you will need to replace it asap. Just because the window itself seems fine and in good working order, if the frame begins to crumble further, your window could cause much more damage and chaos. 

The window is sticking. 

If your window is sticking when opening and closing, quite often this can be a simple window repair and an adjustment of the frame and mechanism.  However, we’d always recommend checking with a professional in the first instance. 

Shattered Windows. 

Shattered windows can be a different matter entirely and depending on how they have come to be shattered depends on what course of action you take. 

If your window has been broken or shattered by a storm or an accident at home i.e., flying football, then the first thing to do is keep everyone away from the area in question. 

Keeping everyone safe and away from any shards of glass helps to avoid any unnecessary accidents from happening. 

If you’re able to, clear away as much glass as possible and discard of this appropriately. Then call an emergency glazier. 

A professional glazing company who is available 24/7 and who also provide a full boarding up service. 

However, if your window has been damaged due to a break-in or vandals, speak to the police asap. 

You will then need to document all damage, as well as take photos of any shattered windows. 

This will all be essential for your insurance company to allow you to make a valid claim. 

Again, make sure to call an emergency glass repair company to provide you with an emergency boarding up service. 

Protecting your property and keeping it safe at all times is vital, and you need a company whom you can rely on and trust, a team that can be with you asap in emergencies. 

You need the team at Alan Carnall. 

At Alan Carnall, we understand that your windows provide security to your home, as well as fresh air and natural light. Having window repairs carried out asap and replacing windows when necessary should be a top priority for homeowners, and our team are only too happy to help. 

Call 0113 256 8008 to find out more. 

Boarding up window service in Leeds

Alan Carnall has been called out to provide a boarding up service to numerous residential and commercial properties in Leeds for many years. 

Whether you’re looking to board up a glass entrance, shop front, a window in your home, shattered or toughened glass, and more – the team at Alan Carnall can make your property 100% safe and secure. 

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Working with local authorities, residents, and businesses in Leeds, our boarding up service is used when: 

  • You have found yourself a victim of vandalism 
  • You’re closing down a shop 
  • Property is vacant, and you wish to keep intruders out 
  • You’re missing a windowpane, or you’re in the midst of replacing your windows 
  • Accidents happen! 

A local business on call 24/7. 

Have you got a broken glass window in Leeds that needs immediate attention? 

Call Alan Carnall. 

We can provide you with a boarding up service that protects your property AND return with replacement glass ready to install at a time that is convenient for you. 

Our boarding up service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year! 

Benefits of boarding up your windows 

  • Protection – you can have complete peace of mind that these boards aren’t going anywhere. Keeping your property safe and secure until replacement glass can be installed. 
  • Installation of new glass – you get to choose the type of new glazing you would like to have installed. This is an excellent opportunity to explore your options. For example, could you consider toughened glass or maybe even triple glazing? 
  • All broken glass is removed and cleared away, keeping your property and the surrounding area safe and free from any potential accidents and injuries occurring. 
  • Boards act as deterrents. A boarded-up window acts as a bigger deterrent to opportunists than an already broken window will. 

At Alan Carnall, we also use anti-tamper screws to fix all boards in place, and we work across a range of properties. 

Boarding up Leeds 

Renowned for being the go-to boarding up company in Leeds, Alan Carnall can provide not just top-class boarding, but the team will also measure, order, supply, and fit the new glazing once it arrives. 

We advise everyone not to leave broken glass unattended. This only has the potential to cause injury, attract thieves, vandals, and opportunists further. 

Our services are essential for a variety of businesses and homes when it comes to preventing such activity. 

Using strong timbers and superior plywood boards, we’re with you in all emergency boarding up situations, ensuring your property is secure enough to withstand any further damage. 

Reasons to board up windows 

  • A flying object has hit your window, and shattered/broke the glass 
  • A building is due to be demolished but needs protecting until such a time 
  • You need to protect your windows from extreme weather conditions and storm damage 
  • You need additional support for damaged frames 
  • To prevent squatters and unwanted intruders from entering the vacant property 
  • You are installing a new storefront and need a temporary solution until the big reveal 
  • You’re experiencing glazing problems 
  • You have planning issues 
  • You have unfortunately fallen victim to burglary 

We’re here to offer you the best and most comprehensive service in Leeds with our fast but effective cover-up solutions. 

Equipped with the tools, knowledge, and expertise to carry out any job, call us on 0113 256 8008 

Here to support our local community. 

Emergency board up services matched with exceptional customer service Alan Carnall. 

Emergency glazing service in Bradford

Over the summer months, the team at Alan Carnall have been carrying out numerous emergency glazing repairs throughout Bradford. 

Taking care of anything from stray cricket balls and footballs accidentally taking a wrong turn hitting a window, from shop fronts fallen victim to vandals, to break-ins and potential break-ins where windows have been damaged – Alan Carnall has been on hand to support customers 24/7. 

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In the majority of cases, we’ve been able to carry out all minor window repairs on the spot. 

Coming fully equipped for all eventualities, our team is trained and experienced to handle it all. 

For others, we also provide a secure boarding up service, until we can return to you with your new glazing ready for installation. 

Working with local authorities, the police, local businesses and residents, the team at Alan Carnall has been instrumental in maintaining the security and safety of homes and properties throughout Bradford. 

“We’re proud to support our local community by working with residents and commercial businesses to keep properties safe, secure, energy-efficient, and high performing, all by providing a first-class service, and high-class products, at reasonable prices.” 

Do you have a broken or damaged window in need of repairing in Bradford, and fast? 

Alan Carnall can help you with all your glass emergency needs… 

…available 24/7, we offer a range of glazing solutions, from temporary fixes to full replacements on glass panes and entire units. 

Our emergency glazier repair service, Bradford, is also safe contractor approved and FENSA registered. 

Benefits of emergency glazing repairs: 

  • Quick and cost-effective 
  • Keeps security high 
  • Maintains performance on your windows 
  • Provides complete peace of mind 
  • Keeps the energy efficiency within your home 

We also offer a boarding up service, emergency glass replacement, and we’re known as the UPVC specialists in Bradford. 

Emergency glazing and window repairs in Bradford 

Here at Alan Carnall we have many, yes many, years of experience with replacement windows and doors, and cover all glazing solutions. 

Our emergency glaziers, based in Bradford, have become an essential part of the community. Providing a service, you can rely on 365 days of the year, day and night. 

Working with schools, colleges, shops, residential properties, businesses, and more, we’re on hand to provide emergency glass repairs, replacements, and boarding up. 

Our teams are also qualified and experienced when it comes to securing chipped glass with tough glazing films, as well as boarding up without damaging frames further. 

Every member of the team is also DBS checked and vetted and trained to the highest of industry standards, providing you with 100% confidence that we can get the job done. 

Helping the people of Bradford with all their emergency glazing needs, call us on 0113 256 8008 

How to keep birds from hitting windows

Birds and your windowsNot something we like to think about when looking out of our windows, but birds hitting windows is, unfortunately, a “thing.”  

Of course, it’s also the one thing that unfortunately you’re not going to be able to completely, 100% prevent.  

However, there are some tricks and areas to consider when analysing windows and doors and indeed, when looking at window glass replacements. The team at Alan Carnall are always on hand to help answer any questions, as well as carry out any window glass repairs that are required asap.  

In this post, we look at the different window options available to you, as well as some tips on how to protect your windows and the birds at the same time. 

What type of window is right? 

Ultimately, this depends on the look and style that you want and the functionality that you require, more than what birds are flying around your area (although we do still consider this). 

For example, wood-framed windows for all considered a little dated nowadays, still provide a more natural look to the overall aesthetics of a property. 

UPVC however, is the most common option, chosen for its strength and durability, as well as the updated and modern feel it brings with it. 

However, it’s not all about frames. 

Once you’ve decided on the right frame material for you, you then have a choice of either single or double glazing. 

We’d always recommend double glazing due to the energy-saving benefits that it can provide. Not only this but double glazing also provides better soundproofing and is tougher if say a stray bird did accidentally take a wrong turn into your window. 

Then there are openings. When it comes to how you want your windows to open, you have many different choices. Of course, depending on what you require and also where the window is placed, will all depend on what type is most suitable for you. 

For example, casement style windows are where the window opens with a crank, allowing you to open the window outwards. 

Whereas, awning style window frames are hinged at the top, however,  also like casement windows they also open outwards; and Hopper style windows are hinged from the bottom and provide the option of opening both inwards and outwards, (these types of windows are most commonly found in basements, etc.). 

Why should you replace your windows (and it’s not just because of birds)? 

One of the main, and probably the biggest reason people choose to replace their windows is for better energy efficiency. 

Upgrading your windows can help to improve air quality, limit the heat from escaping and cold air getting in, ultimately saving on energy costs all round. 

The second most significant reason for window glass replacement is broken windows and general wear and tear. 

Unfortunately, accidents do happen; and believe us when we say, a broken pane of glass is not the end of the world. 

Most professional window companies can replace glass panes asap without the need to replace the frame or the entire unit. This, in turn, makes glass replacement and glass repair services more cost-effective than what you might first think. 

Specific measures to stop birds hitting windows 

If you’ve just had new windows fitted and you want to protect them from the odd stray bird, there are a few simple things you can do to protect your windows further. 

  1. Apply strips of tape to the outside of the windows – this makes the glass seem less like an open passageway. 
  2. Put bird decals on the outside surface – known to reflect ultraviolet sunlight and help stop birds from crashing directly into windows. 
  3. Place film on the outside of the window – again making windows slightly more obscure. 
  4. Add window screens or a net 
  5. Install shutters or sunshades – which also have the additional benefit of shading households and providing extra home security. 

If you’re looking for a window repair or replacement company in Leeds to help you with emergency glass repairs, broken windows and more, look no further than the team at Alan Carnall. 

With years of experience, an invested take on the latest technology out there as well as the different styles and types of windows, 100% customer satisfaction every time, and prices that are the most competitive in town – why look anywhere else? 

Make sure you choose the best. 

Choose Alan Carnall as your window replacement company of choice. 

Call 0113 256 8008 

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How to choose a trusted window glass repair company

choosing a trusted window repair and replacement companyThere are numerous window and door companies across the UK nowadays, each one boasting that they are indeed the best.  However, unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone is, and you can often find yourself with a not so great job being carried out, all for a very high price. 

When choosing new windows and doors, you want the highest quality matched with the right level of security.  Windows and doors that are stylish, on-trend, suited to your tastes and preferences, as well as matching the style of your home. 

Everything, and we mean everything, has to be taken into consideration. 

This also includes external elements such as the weather, whether a glass repair can be carried out instead of a glass replacement and much more. 

You need an expert window glass replacement and repair company who understands your requirements and the circumstances mentioned above.  A team who can offer you a range of solutions and options, all while working within agreed budgets. 

Things to look for in a window repair company 

How long have they been operating?  

The number of years a company has been trading for can, in most cases, directly link to how much experience in their field they have. 

The more experience a person has, then generally, the more knowledge and genuine help and advice they’re able to provide. 

We’d recommend avoiding large, newly set up national companies.  Most of these organisations will not only lack experience, but they won’t have the local knowledge a local company can provide.  National companies also charge much higher rates too, so be careful! 

Also, be aware of those who are quick to offer to replace windows as the only option.   

Sometimes and in some cases, windows can be repaired, and an experienced glazier will be able to help you further. 

Latest Technology 

Companies that use the most up to date materials and technologies available to them are those that will most likely be able to carry out a window repair or replacement with ease. 

With new materials available for windows and doors, it’s vital that the company you choose, use the right tools and equipment to suit these materials (i.e., aluminium, UPVC, and wood are the top three materials used for windows). 

Find out more from a professional company like Alan Carnall when it comes to patio doors, bi-folding doors, French doors, and more. 

Customer Reviews 

Reviews are something we should all check before getting any kind of work carried out.   

Letting us know how others have found dealing with certain companies and the service that they have provided.  It’s all about putting your mind at ease that you’re choosing the best reputable company available to you. 

Make sure to ask friends and family as well as look online at third party reviews.  The internet can be the best source for information, allowing you to check that what is promised is what they deliver. 

Installation 

High-quality windows won’t look or even perform at their best if they’re not installed properly.  You need a team you can trust, trust to install all windows securely and safely. 

Certified and qualified to handle all sizes and types of glass, you need to make sure to search for specialists in glass repairs and replacements. 

Cost 

A big factor and an influencing decision-maker when it comes to getting the work you require done finally. 

Make sure to compare prices from similar companies to check fluctuations etc.  Most professional companies will provide you with a free, no-obligation quote asap.  It’s also a great opportunity to talk and ask them about timescales, i.e., when they can actually start the job and how long it will take them to complete it. 

Choosing the right company to work with is just as important as choosing the right windows. 

Alan Carnall Windows is a local window repair and replacement glazing company with many, many years of experience.  Always delivering on our promise to provide high-quality work with exceptional customer service as standard. 

From 24/7 emergency glass repairs and window replacements, flexible appointments, no hidden charges, and a company who can install quality custom windows all at affordable prices – call to see how we can help you today. 

Read the next article: How to keep birds from hitting windows 

Window Repairs vs. Window Replacements

Window repair and replacementFrom the outset, it may seem obvious when we talk about repairing something as opposed to replacing it.  For example, when something needs repairing, the general consensus is that it can be fixed. Whereas replacements come into play when things can’t be fixed at all and need to be replaced entirely. 

However, when it comes to the glass in your home’s windows, are you 100% confident that you know what can be repaired?  Or indeed what damage would mean replacing windows altogether? 

In this post, we look at different repair and replacement situations, as well as why maintaining your windows helps you in the long run. 

Keeping your windows in tip-top condition 

Carrying out regular maintenance on your windows is essential.  They’re not only the primary source of light into your home, but they’re also the main source of ventilation and provide your home with a high level of security. 

Today, windows come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.  All available to suit different tastes and preferences as well as trends and the styling of your home. 

However, like everything, for windows to continually perform to a high standard, they have to be maintained.  Even those of the highest quality and toughened glass, still require some sort of glass repairs throughout their lifetime. 

Repair or Replace? That is the question 

The decision to repair windows or replace them entirely can come down to a few varying factors: – 

Repair will work when only minor changes or fixes are required.  This is especially the case on new windows that aren’t outdated yet so really don’t need to be replaced if it can be helped. 

Repairs can be carried out (by professionals) when minor or small cracks begin to appear — dealing with them quickly and effectively before they lead to a complete window glass replacement. 

If windows hold condensation or are certainly showing signs, it could mean a break or a gap in the seal around the window.  Removing and replacing new seals around the glass should help to solve this problem instantly. 

Small chips in windows can easily be dealt with if the matter is handled asap.  Using some of the best technologies and materials out, you could avoid a full glass replacement being required. 

Lock holes in windows can often become damaged and worn over time.  Changing and replacing these for new is now possible with the latest and advanced lock holes now available. 

When it comes to replacing windows entirely, this will depend on you and your requirements, as well as the expertise of the team carrying out the work. 

Window glass replacements are carried out when a repair to the glass is just not possible.  For example, if the window is extremely damaged, shattered into a thousand pieces or has a gaping hole through the middle of it – all situations in this instance would warrant the glass being replaced. 

Or maybe your windows are a little outdated, and you’re looking for new styles, better insulation and cost efficiencies found in energy savings? 

Are your windows no longer performing to a high standard, letting in drafts and cold air with warm air escaping? 

Do you currently have only single glazing and now require double glazing to improve your homes energy efficiency? 

Or do you have wooden window frames that have begun to rot and erode due to weather conditions and age, making them no longer repairable? 

In all of these circumstances, window replacement is definitely the best option. 

Window repairs or window replacements are not always at the top of everyone’s priority list, however, as one of the most profound elements within a property, here at Alan Carnall we can’t stress enough the importance of proper care and maintenance. 

Keeping your home safe and secure, as well as helping to reduce your household energy bills is what high quality, top-performing windows can offer. 

At Alan Carnall, we carry out both window glass repairs and replacements in Leeds and throughout the whole of Yorkshire.  Our highly trained teams can also offer you the best solutions and a range of glazing options available to meet your requirements. 

To find out more, make sure to call us on 0113 256 8008

Read the next article: How to choose a trusted window glass repair company 

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Know your double glazing

When it comes to double glazing, the wellknown two panes of glass combined together have grown over the years to now be considered industry standard technology that can provide homeowners with a whole host of benefits. 

However, double glazing didn’t really become a “thing” in the UK until the 70s, when unsurprisingly the rise in energy prices forced people to look at how they could make their homes more energy efficient, in a more cost-effective way. 

Double Glazing window glass pane

Today, double glazing is almost seen as part of the norm, and if upgrading your windows or changing your glazing in some shape or form is on your agenda, this post will provide some great insight into double glazing and just what it can offer you. 

What is double glazing? 

In its simplest form, double glazing involves two panes of glass being set within a frame (also known as a unit).  These two panes are separated by a thin layer of air or inert gas (typically argon) placed in between. 

This invisible layer between the panels is what really makes double glazing so great, as ultimately it is this protective layer that helps keep the cold out and the heat in! 

What can double glazing offer you? 

Double glazing provides home-owners with many benefits.  Some of these include: 

  • Increasing levels of security.  Ultimately, additional layers mean additional security.  This can be increased further still if toughened glass is also used. 
  • Reducing heat loss and stop draughts coming into your home by limiting the amount of heat leaving through your windows, as well as reducing cold air from outside, getting in! 
  • Reducing condensation.  One of the biggest problems with windows is condensation.   However, because of the reduction in the volume of heat lost with double glazing the internal pane doesn’t get as cold, hence will stop condensation from building up.  This also helps to reduce moisture inside the property and prevent mould from appearing. 
  • Reducing noise pollution.  This is especially true when compared to single glazing, where double glazing dramatically reduces noise volume because of the additional materials used.  Making your home much quieter and all around peaceful. 

Increasing your homes energy efficiency through double glazing 

Most people look to upgrade the glass in their windows and doors because they want to restrict the heat that is lost through them.  This, in turn, should reduce heating bills and lower your energy consumption. 

This is what double glazing can offer, through both conduction and convection properties. 

Conduction is where heat radiates onto glass and through the glass pane, seeping outside (it escapes).  However, with double glazed windows, the heat doesn’t head straight outside.   

Instead, it moves between the panes of glass, and at this point convection comes into play. 

Convection is where the heat that is transferred between the panes, moving through the air or gas.  Because air isn’t a great heat conductor, the vacuum effect within double glazing becomes almost a block which ultimately stops the heat from escaping escape. 

Double Glazing – Types and Styles 

There aren’t hundreds of different types of double glazing to choose from; however, with advances in technology, there are a few! 

Floating glass – this type of glass is used for most modern windows today.  Where uniformed and perfectly flat finishes are achieved. The process to achieve such glass involves layers of molten metal and floating glass being combined together.  

Low emissivity glass – this type of glass involves coating one side of the glass pane with a thin “low e” metal to create an insulating effect.  Restricting heat escaping through the window panes hence supporting greater energy efficiency. 

Toughened glass – glass that has gone through heat tempering processes to give it the additional strength that is required.  If toughened glass does break, it breaks into small pieces instead of shattering into sharp shards. Toughened glass is now standard in car windscreens, the odd telephone box and more. 

Laminated glass – laminated glass increases your levels of window security as the laminated panels are stuck together, resulting in the pane being able to hold itself together if it breaks rather than shattering completely. 

Double glazing isn’t always for everyone 

In some cases, mainly those properties that are considered as “listed buildings,” double glazing will not be suitable, and an alternative needs to be considered. 

For example, it might be a bit strange if a period Georgian house suddenly has very new and very modern windows installed and fitted. 

So, the alternative that is often offered is known as secondary glazing. 

Secondary glazing is where the existing window and pane is added to, rather than replaced.   

In these instances, an extra panel is placed on the inside of the window and attached to the frame.  Excluding any draughts, reducing noise, and helping to keep the heat in – just like the offer of double glazing. 

Secondary glazing can also be easily removed when it’s not needed.  So, for example, in the summer months with south facing windows, you may want to let more light into your property, and in these cases, the additional panels can be easily removed to achieve this. 

Secondary glazing offers you everything that double glazing can provide, without compromising on the look and style of your home. 

Your Choice 

Due to the continuing rise in house prices, most homeowners are now looking to stay put and making home improvements instead.  Making changes that not only upgrade and modernise properties but changes that will help to save money in the long run too. 

Having double glazing installed and fitted can be one of these improvements, with energy efficiencies, noise reduction, and an increase in safety all on offer. 

Double glazing is now the standard offering for glass upgrades in most homes. 

Let the team at Alan Carnall transform your home today. 

Call us on 0113 256 8008 

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Ins and Outs of Double Glazing

Double glazing is now a household commodity that we almost take for granted.  Coming as standard now in most windows and doors, we would expect nothing less than good quality glazing that lasts. 

However, double glazing can on very rare occasions spontaneously crack, or collapse inward causing a shatter effect look on your glass. 

Cracked Double Glazed Window

These situations can occur at any time of the year, and for all nothing might have touched the window or flew into the window to cause such a break, there is a reason behind these mysterious breakages. 

Window Glazing 

Double glazing is ultimately constructed by placing two sheets of glass either side of a vacuum, or in most cases a layer of inert gas.  This helps to create an invisible barrier which helps to contain heat hence keeping drafts out of your home, the temperature stable, and your energy bills down. 

A double-glazed window comes as a sealed unit.  The pressure placed around the glass is therefore constant, unlike the air pressure it is exposed to externally and internally. 

For all this pressure on the glass is minimal, you still might start and notice changes to the glass within the double-glazed unit.  

These changes might occur because of external pressures, and the window may slightly move inwards. 

Now, in most cases, the glass will be strong enough to withstand most pressure.  However, there are some instances where this is not the case, and the window glass cracks, showing what is known as stress cracks. 

Most emergency glazing and window repairs took place during the winter months when the colder outdoor temperatures contrasting with the heat and the warmth of our homes with the central heating cranked up, both make for very different temperatures on either side of the glass! 

Main causes of cracks in double glazing 

Size of window 

The size and shape of your window can determine which ones are most at risk of breaking.  Thinking about it in terms of aspect ratio, if you have a small square or even a circular shaped window, you will find that these are typically at very low risk of suffering a break.  This is because shorter panes of glass have less opportunity to flex than what larger panes do. So, in these cases, a tall, very narrow window, will most likely be at greater risk of breaks or indeed stress cracks showing. 

Problems with the window unit itself 

Even with the best technology in the world, human error is still inevitable.  Double glazing requires precision engineering to get perfectly right every time and, in some cases, unfortunately, there are manufacturing errors.  Things such as practices, machinery, workforce skills, and environmental factors all play a part in the manufacturing of double-glazed window units. 

Scratch on the surface 

Ultimately to make double glazed units, glass has to be cut down to size.  If a pane of glass is unfortunate enough to get scratched across any part of it, that part then becomes the weakest part of the window, becoming exposed to more of the elements faster and turning into something much more sinister in the long run.  The risk of scratches occurring is increased when glass cutting is more complicated due to window design, or when engineering bevelled glass. 

Humidity and temperature 

With winter being the most popular season for window repairs to be carried out because of the differing temperatures indoors and out, we also need to take into consideration the temperature of the gas inside the unit. 

For example, if your double-glazed unit is installed and fitted on a hot summer’s day, the atmospheric pressure will be low, posing a greater risk to the glass during the winter. 

Moisture within the unit also poses the same problems.  Moisture is often absorbed during the manufacturing process using a desiccant substance, which helps to prevent condensation droplets from being created inside the window.  However, this process also changes the pressure of the window, so again, windows that are manufactured on hot and humid days will be at higher risk of cracking with the temperature drops! 

Glass strength 

Window glass cracking can most certainly be reduced if the glass being used is of sufficient strength.   

A thicker pane of glass will be less likely to suffer from stress cracks than a thinner one, and at Alan Carnall, we’d always recommend opting for a 6mm pane over the most common 4mm.  

However, this isn’t to say the 4mm won’t be strong enough, as other factors also need to be taken into consideration.  Such as, where the stress is coming from, the size of the unit required, and how your house is arranged. 

Manufacturers now put in place much more stringent environmental controls within factories, helping to reduce the impact of these environmental factors and reduce the chances of a break happening and a claim of negligence being sought. 

Most manufacturers will now offer a guarantee against these spontaneous breakages and can offer glass replacement services. 

An increase in temperature from outside 

To help windows from cracking in those hot summer months, it’s essential to make sure that heat is dispersed fully across the glass.  Helping to reduce the impact that a full beam of sunlight in one spot may have on the window. 

Those windows that are fully exposed to the sun during the summer do have more chance of cracking in the winter.  This is because as the glass cools during the night, a beam of sunlight will then suddenly appear again during the day.  But this beam will only raise the temperature of where it hits, meaning that more than likely the corners of the windows are left out in the cold and take much longer for the temperature to reach them.  This temperature difference is what starts stress cracks appearing. 

To help disperse the heat more evenly in the winter months, you can place a pale-coloured blind/curtain inside the glass.  This helps reflect the heat onto the glass and evenly distribute the temperature. 

The temperature inside the home 

Within our homes and especially during the winter months, the temperature inside can also fluctuate, as we have our central heating systems on and off throughout.  Most problems to windows occur if your radiator or fire is directly next to the window. 

To help prevent any cracks from occurring, if your radiator is directly underneath the window, you can provide a little protection with curtains that fall behind the radiator, while still making sure airflow to the window from the rest of the room is adequate. 

If you’re looking for new double-glazed windows and doors, or you have an emergency glazing situation and need a window repair, call the team at Alan Carnall today and see how we can help you. 

Read the next article: Window Repairs vs. Window Replacements

Choosing the right glazing company for you

Choosing the right windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries, anything to do with glazing – requires careful consideration when it comes to replacement glass, upgrading or installing new. 

You need to think about style, design, energy efficiency and more! 

It’s also not just about new windows and doors either; you need to find a company that can also offer you glass replacement services and in some instances emergency window glass repairs!  

Choosing the right glazing company for you

To help you with all of this and more you need to use a company you can trust and rely on, as trust us, replacing windows or certainly installing new is no small task. 

Things to ask and research when looking for a good glazing company

Check their financials!  Ok, so we’re not saying start an investigation into the firm you’re considering using, but it is worth checking their financial standing by checking reviews online, speaking with previous customers if possible, do they have a high public profile – have you heard of them before, what is their history?  Do they belong to any professional trade bodies or have worked for any large or local clients etc. All of these questions and more fall into this category and can put your mind at rest with the company you’re choosing to work with. 

What are their company values/promises?  Do they have any?  Is this something they publicise, i.e. that they provide exceptional customer service, their teams are all fully trained to the highest standard, etc.  These people are coming into your home either as an emergency glazier or carrying out a full installation of new windows. Either way, you have to know you can trust them. 

How do they respond to your questions and queries?  Do they put your best interests first providing you with the right solutions, or do they do the hard sell?  You need to look at their expertise, knowledge, and professionalism. How they respond to your questions will provide you with everything you need to know. 

Check cancellation policies.  Most glazing companies will have what is known as a “cooling off” period, which is usually around 14 days, giving you the right to change your mind and opt out of any agreements you have made.  Make sure you read all of the contracts and terms and conditions before you sign on the dotted line.  

What guarantees or warranties will you receive?  What guarantees are you provided with that the double-glazing work you’ve had carried out is insured if something goes wrong within the first 6months, for example?  You need to have complete peace of mind and working with a reputable company will help provide you with this. 

Don’t be put off

There’s more to choosing a glazing company than meets the eye, and quite often people can be put off from getting work done due to bad experiences reported by others, rumours and more. 

We’re here to tell you don’t be.  Don’t be put off by the volume of products available to choose from, pushy salesman, too good to be true discounts, fear that the installation will go wrong, negative perception of double-glazing firms, etc, etc! 

Glazing companies and in particular emergency glaziers are on hand to help and support you. Providing you with the best solutions suited to your requirements. 

But, to help you avoid those pushy salespeople further you could also consider checking: 

  • How long the company been trading for. 
  • Are the fitters/installers employed or subcontracted? (subcontracted can mean that sometimes anyone can be used without being properly vetted and checked) 
  • Do the sales team work on commission only? (This can help determine how pushy they will be) 
  • Are windows manufactured in the UK? 
  • Do they have a showroom you could look around? 
  • Do they have any trade body membership? 

Buy double glazing with confidence…

With Alan Carnall, Leeds, we offer our customers, the best advice, service, and products around.  We’re on hand for all glass replacements as well as providing the best emergency glazing in Leeds. 

Ultimately when it comes to choosing the right glazing company for you, take your time, get quotes and get options. 

Call Alan Carnall today on 0113 256 8008. 

What you need to know about glazing repairs and replacements

Glazing can and is so much more than just a pane of glass which we look through. 

Glazing and the different types of glazing now available, can provide you with things such as heightened security, solar control, thermal efficiency, increased noise barriers and protection, better aesthetics, and so much more. 

What you need to know about glazing repairs and replacements

This is all achieved through one sustainable source, glass. 

But, to streamline the glazing repair and glass replacement process, there are things to take into consideration. 

Points to consider

Where is the glass for?  Depending on where the glass is for will depend on what glazing solutions are most appropriate.  For example, glass on ground floors may have to contain more safety elements (such as toughened glass), or it might even have to be laminated depending on what type of building it is for. 

Maintaining Standards.  Check with the glazers that you use about their standards, as glazing manufacturers and installers all must adhere to strict industry guidelines.  These standards ensure that if checks were to be carried out the glass installed would be identified as fit for purpose, carry the right level of strength for placement and they would be tested for integrity. 

Energy efficiency – a big consideration for anyone looking to replace their double glazing or install new.  Ultimately, glass replacement should meet or indeed exceed the performance of any old windows or damaged ones.  The installation methods used should improve energy performance, making sure that all seals are fitted securely, and no air or drafts can escape or indeed get in.  (Energy efficiency glass also comes in a range of styles and types, and it is worth speaking to the installation team about your options). 

Condensation issues.  If you’re looking to replace and repair windows due to condensation issues, then you wouldn’t be alone!  Condensation is one of the biggest reasons for emergency window glass repair. To avoid such problems continuing this needs to be managed during the replacement project, as premature failure of the window itself can happen if sufficient attention isn’t given. 

Do you require structural support?  It’s important to note that some windows can only be replaced when others have been removed from their positions, while others can be completed when the window is still in place.  You need to know which method is being used so that the structural stability of your windows isn’t compromised. 

Costs.  After considering everything and weighing up your options when it comes to the different types of double glazing available, it’s essential to make sure to get an estimate for any work carried out.  Whether this is emergency glazing for repairs or installation of replacement windows, it’s important to know how much such work is going to cost. 

Repair and Replacement Challenges

Repairing and replacing windows comes with challenges; these include: 

  • Working at height – Health and Safety must be top priority and teams must be appropriately trained to deal with all working at height equipment and tools 
  • Weather conditions – installers will need to monitor forecasts and plan appropriately.  The angle and position of windows will also need to be considered. For example, are windows sheltered or completely exposed to the elements?  The answer to this question will guide the different requirements for what glazing system will be required, for example, are water resistant sealers required or will standard sealers suffice? 
  • Access and traffic management.  Depending on the property and where the windows are situated you may have to think about managing traffic and potential hazards to the general public.  Think about if you need to close roads, manage traffic, are you able to work outside of regular trading hours to cause minimal disruption, etc. 

Guiding you through the process

There are differences in the glass.  These are very subtle, but they are there.  Things like colour transition, reflection and neutrality are all important features to bear in mind, especially if just one glass pane needs to be replaced and needs to match in with existing windows. 

At Alan Carnall, we can guide you through this process, working with you to identify the best glazing solutions for you. 

We’re experienced in handling a range of complex situations, we make windows safe, secure and accessible, getting the right specifications customised for your home. 

We’re also here for you in all of your emergency glazing needs.  So, call our Leeds office now on 0113 256 8008 and see how we can help you. 

– Reference Video: GardenFork