Just thought I would share with you my most recent DIY disaster. I have recently moved into a new house in Southampton great property and I’m really proud I can finally afford to buy in this area. As budget was a bit tight I have bought a property that needs a fair bit of work. Windows, Doors, Electrics and there is defiantly going to have to be a new bathroom and so much more.. Over the coming months I will be sharing some of my story’s after carrying out the work. Now this was my first task and not my greatest one.
Why I Don’t Advise You Install Your Own Double Glazing
I’m not the worst DIY expert in the World by any stretch, and like to think that I can turn my hand to most things. For example, in our house I’ve fitted out the kitchen and electrics all by myself and prefer to do my own DIY by learning about it first and then doing it myself on the cheap rather than employing a specialist. So, when it came to fitting new windows in our house last month I was fully prepared to learn about double glazing and to get it all fitted myself – why not, I thought! However, and this is quite a lesson I learned – I really wasn’t cut out for installing my own double glazing and really wish I’d not done it and instead paid for a proper double glazing company to do it for me.
Where did installing my own Double Glazing go wrong?
It seemed rather straight forward to do take out the old put in the new but like any DIY task not the right tools and not enough knowledge sets you up to fail. The problem I had was that I should have taken out the old double glazing frames first, and without harming the actual wall itself. Unfortunately I left some degree of damage. I really should have cut the old double glazed window frames at small interval and removed them in smaller chunks – instead I pulled it all out in one go and pulled some of the wall away. This meant that I had to then repair the wall, and actually ended up spending far more money than I would have done.
When I initially started to look at replacing my Double Glazing I watched many videos on you tube and tried to get a good understanding of what I needed to do. This is all well and good but it did not prepare for what was to come. Like many explanatory videos on DIY subjects the people are actually professionals with many years’ experience and could do the task of replacing their double glazing with their eyes shut. On the other hand their was me yanking at the old window frame once I had removed as much of the sealant as possible before hand only to find I was very good at getting the frames out but equally good at causing damage to the brickwork and surrounding wall. I wish I’d stopped their but moved on to the next room believing getting the windows out first win as many rooms was the best strategy for this. The same thing happened more damage to the wall and this was notably becoming a bit of a shambles.
My wife doesn’t share the same views as me when it comes to DIY when she realized I was destroying her home I was told to stop and call in a professional who would have to fix this mess as she called it. With my male pride damage I started looking for a company to come and save my windows quickly and at this rate my marriage at the same time.
Finding a Double Glazing company in Southampton
Now because of my love of DIY I don’t tend to make a habit out of paying professionals and this makes finding one even worse. So I scoured the internet searching for double glazing company in Southampton I found a few and gave them a call looking for quotes on fittings and emergency work. After talking with a few of the well trained sales professionals that take the calls for these company’s I was left with some quotes with huge different in pricing and availability. I decided to call in local firm in Southampton Apple Home improvements they seemed to have the quickest turn round time. As I was left with holes instead of windows time was a huge factor they sent a team round and the work begun.
They were great my new double glazing was fitted in about a day and half the quote was realistic for the work they carried out no hidden costs or unexpected glitches that end up costing me £100’s to fix. To my wife’s joy they also tidied up the brickwork for me and peace has returned until the next time at least in my household.
The Finished Product
My new Double glazed windows are fitted finally and I must admit although my pride doesn’t want to agree they look fantastic. Where they have been fitted professionally by a double glazing firm they are sealed correctly and I’m noticeably saving money on my heating bill which is great news. This was the main reason for getting them fitted but I also know that adding double glazing to your home can lift the price up and the resell value.
Reflection after my attempt at DIY Double Glazing
So as you can probably imagine this is not my proudest DIY moment but does teach really valid lesson to me that I’m sure for obvious reasons I’ll never be allowed to forget. That if you are not completely confident in your ability or think the task maybe that little bit too large for you then call a professional in.
As much as we like to think it can be cheaper and I can assure you that by this example it definitely was. After my initial problems and having to rectify my broken walls I spent much more then I needed to. If I had of gone straight to the experts and spoken to them to install my new double glazing windows and doors I would have kept the costs lower and not had the stress and the grovelling that followed .Continue reading →