Homeowners who are having new double glazed windows and doors installed at their house should never underestimate the role of a double glazing surveyor. Many owners may be willing to avoid the extra expense of paying for a surveyor, but they should be aware that the costs of dealing with a faulty installation down the road will be greater. While not fundamental to a structure’s stability, a defective double glazing or a failed installation can be a source of continuous frustration for any homeowner.
Double glazed window and doors are used as an effective means of increasing the thermal, as well as the acoustic insulation of a house. These units consist of two glass panes that are sealed together during installation. The space between the panes is filled with a gas that reduces the heat energy conducted through the glass. As a result, heat losses from windows and doors are limited to a minimum. However, if the seal between the panes is broken, the glazed units no longer function as insulation. This leads invariably to increased heat losses and higher energy bills. Moreover, the condensation that builds up between the window panes significantly limits visibility through the glass. This damage cannot be repaired without installing a replacement unit.
The role of the surveyor is to make sure that no faulty or unsuitable units are installed. A good surveyor is trained in all techniques of window and door installations. Furthermore, surveyors must be aware of the specific features and possible limitations of the window and door system that is being used in any particular case.
The inspection will begin by making sure that the designs for the installation comply with current building regulations, as well as with Local Authority planning controls. Specifications of units will be thoroughly checked to confirm that they are accurately measured to order, as even the slightest mistake in measuring can ruin the whole installation. The quality of the material will also be examined to validate that it is up to standard and conforms to the sale agreement between the homeowner and the suppliers.
The surveyor will monitor the entire double glazing process so that possible mistakes are caught and rectified before the point of fitting. The surveyor’s comments and advice will be directed not just at the homeowners but also at the technical crew working on-site. During installation, requirements for safety features like fire egress hinges and glass strength will be examined to ensure that the unit corresponds to the increased safety needs. Similarly, in cases where specific requirements, like load-bearing, have to be taken into consideration, the surveyor will offer advice based on the recommendations of the product’s manufacturer.
Many double glazing Newcastle Tyneside Home Improvements companies who take on renovation jobs collaborate with professional and experienced double glazing surveyors. Get in touch with them if you need advice and help deciding on the renovation of the windows and doors system of your house.