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Cost guide: glaziers

In this guide, you’ll find information about the minimising the cost of following jobs which are usually undertaken by a glazing company

We asked David Welsby, general manager at The Real Bridgnorth Windows UK for tips on how to make glazing jobs more affordable.

Repair broken double glazing units

What adds expense?

“Homeowners can be led to believe that having misted-up double glazing drilled in order to draw out the moisture inside will return the windows to their former glory,” says David Welsby, general manager at The Real Bridgnorth Windows UK.

“If successful, this is only ever a short-term fix,” explains David. “It will cost around £45 plus VAT. Usually the plug inserted into the gap that was drilled out comes loose after around six months.”

How can I make it cheaper?

“Ask your glazier about a replacement unit. New units last for 10 to 20 years. The cost depends on the size, but you could budget for around £150 plus VAT per unit,” says David. “You’re saving money in the longer term.”

Get it right first time. Don’t waste money on a temporary fix.

Leaking gutters

What adds expense?

Many homeowners tell us that they need new gutters because they’re leaking,” says David. “Quite often, the gutters are not the problem. Over the years, leaves, moss and other debris can be washed along the gutters and into the downpipe where they block the flow of water.

The water then travels back up the downpipe into the gutters where it leaks over the edge.”

How can I make it cheaper?

“For a typical semi-detached house, it costs around £250 plus VAT to have the downpipes taken off, cleaned and then re-fitted. This is much cheaper than replacing the guttering system,” says David.

Unscrew the shoe from the bottom of the downpipe to see if it’s clogged up.

A draughty double glazed front or back door

What adds expense?

“Many homeowners call double glazing companies to say that they need a new front or back

door because they’re experiencing draughts. Unscrupulous double glazing companies will sell them a new door to boost their commission or sales,” says David.

How can I make it cheaper?

Draughts are often caused by loose seals. If you discover that a loose seal is the cause of your draughty door, have a go at fixing it yourself,” says David. “Wear gloves, protect your eyes and stick down the seal using super-glue. A new door costs upwards of £700 plus VAT so it’s worth trying to repair the existing door first.”

Always check to see if your door is still under guarantee. Dig out the paperwork and call the company that installed the door – they may be able to service it.”

A new conservatory

What adds expense?

“Using different companies, or even friends and family, to undertake the different elements of a conservatory build always creates problems and adds expense,” says David.

How can I make it cheaper?

“Find a reputable conservatory company that can complete every element of the conservatory build. That way, you’ll avoid disputes and save money by having just one company adding a margin to the job.”

Read our advice on avoiding cowboy traders and disputes.

His final tip is "It’s best to work with a company that will supply you with a CAD drawing of the conservatory structure before the build begins so there are no nasty surprises along the way."

Find a glazier in your local area.

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