How Double Glazing Surveyor Can Help Homeowners

11Homeowners 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.

Historic Warships


Three warships are on display within The Historic Dockyard. Together they provide a unique opportunity to see the development of warship design over more than a century.

Tours of the ships are fully guided. Due to the nature of historic ships access can be limited. Fewer mobile visitors may wish to check with our Tour Guides before attempting to board the vessels. Please note that the Victorian sloop, HMS Gannet 1878, is currently under restoration and, therefore, can only be viewed from the dockside.


HMS Cavalier was the last W.W.II Royal Navy destroyer in service and is the only ship of her kind left in Britain.

During her long career, she was awarded the Battle Honour ‘Arctic 1945′ and once held the title of “The Fastest Ship in the Fleet”. After an impressive 27 years of service, Cavalier finally paid off at Chatham in 1972. Now she offers a rare opportunity to experience the harsh realities of life at sea and the sacrifices made by the men who served on destroyers.


H.M. Submarine Ocelot was launched at Chatham during the tense years of the Cold War. Her silent engines made Ocelot perfect for secret missions and during her first three years in commission she covered over 90,000 miles. However, her time in service remains a mystery and little information has ever been released.

Going deep into the boat is an exciting adventure; discovering how men lived and prepared for battle under the ocean.


Built on the River Medway at Sheerness in 1878, Gannet represents the heyday of the Victorian Navy and its worldwide role in policing the waters of the British Empire. Originally powered by both sail and steam, Gannet is being restored to her 1886 condition.

It is anticipated that these works will be completed by Summer 2003.


Covering some 23,000 square feet, the Museum of the Royal Dockyard is one of the largest single museum galleries in Kent. It tells the fascinating history of Chatham’s Royal Dockyard, from the Spanish Armada through to the Falklands Crisis and the dockyard’s eventual closure.

Among the thousands of artefacts on display is the 1625 Chatham Chest, established by John Hawkins and Francis Drake to raise funds for seafarers injured fighting the Spanish Armada. An impressive collection of naval ordnance is featured, as is a spectacular model of HMS Victory, while the walls of the museum are covered with hundreds of ships badges and plaques originally made at Chatham for Royal Navy vessels.

The museum continues the history of the dockyard through to events within living memory including the Falklands Crisis and the emotive return of HMS Endurance from the South Atlantic.

Also featured is a disturbing secret map of the Medway Towns produced by Soviet Intelligence in the 1980s that show key installations in the area including the dockyard. At the height of the Cold War, these maps would have been used in the preparation for attacks by Soviet Special Forces or even nuclear missiles.

It is not so long ago that the dockyard was by far the largest employer in Medway with thousands of workers skilled in dozens of trades. Many of the trades are featured in special displays within the museum. The final closure of the Dockyard in 1984 brought to an end over 400 years of naval history at Chatham and was a major blow to the local economy.

The Museum of The Royal Dockyard is a joint initiative between Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the Chatham Dockyard Historical Society, combining their two collections with many new exhibits on loan from other national museums.

History Of The World Naval Base


Hi guys it’s John here, took me a look time to find this content on my dads old laptop but I have it! Been having a little bit of a hectic week – If you didn’t know I have taken a year in placement from university, as you know I am studying masters in building surveying I thought it appropriate to work somewhere in the industry. I am working at JP Concrete where most of my days is spent organising the prestressed concrete panels from the clients order etc. Anyway without further ado here she is, the full history of our World Naval Base!

Without The Royal Dockyard at Chatham, the history of Kent and indeed Britain could have been very different. It was Chatham that prepared the ships of the Elizabethan Navy for battle against the Spanish and Chatham that built one of most famous ships in the world, HMS Victory, which became Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.

In the 19th century, Chatham Dockyard was at the forefront of the change from wooden to metal warship construction and in the 20th century Chatham embraced the new technology required to build submarines. For over 400 years, Chatham played a vital role in the defence of the nation and in the life of the local community.

The history of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham can be traced back to the reign of Henry VIII, although many experts think its origins could be even earlier. Records show that in 1547 the Navy was using the River Medway to supply ships from a storehouse rented on “Jyllingham Water”. Before long a small dockyard had been established and in 1586, the first Chatham built warship, the Sunne, was launched.

Within 40 years, Chatham was among the most important of the Royal Dockyards. The modern day gardens of Commissioners House date from this original dockyard and it is said that Oliver Cromwell sat beneath the garden’s Mulberry Tree to watch the Parliamentarians attack Royalist Rochester during the Civil War.

Rarely has an enemy attacked the Royal Navy in port but the Dutch Admiral de Ruyter led a daring raid on Chatham’s dockyard in June 1667 and England suffered one of its worst ever maritime defeats. The Dutch came up the Thames, ransacking Canvey Island and Sheerness before heading for the great dockyard at Chatham.

Chatham was ill prepared, the only line of defence being a chain stretched across the river. Weighing over 14 tons this chain was a mighty affair. However, the chain was easily broken and 15 English ships were either burned or sunk. The Dutch captured the 100-gun Royal Charles without a single shot being fired, much to the consternation of the English authorities in London.

Over the years, The Royal Dockyard at Chatham provided sterling service to the Navy, constructing such famous vessels as Nelson’s Victory in 1765 and the impressive battleship HMS Africa in 1905. The launch of HMS Africa proved to be a turning point in the history of Chatham, at a length of 425 feet she was the largest vessel that could safely be built in the ‘yard. As ships increased in size more work was given to other dockyards.

Submarines were built at Chatham until 1966, with the dockyard still re-fitting submarines until the early 1980s. As the Cold War came to an end Chatham was no longer needed and in 1984, the navy left, closing one of Britain’s most famous naval institutions.

Today The Historic Dockyard Chatham contains 47 scheduled ancient moments and is the most complete dockyard from the age of sail in the world. The international importance of the dockyard has been recognised by the UK government who included it on a list of locations to be nominated to the United Nations for World Heritage Site Status.