My husband has now fitted two upvc windows successfully - learning by his
mistakes each time!
My question is, we are now facing the prospect of getting a standard back
door fitted with an opening window included above it (both incorporated into
one unit I presume). Is this too much for a non-professional to do? We
have a wooden door frame that can quite easily be taken out by us but I was
wondering if we are taking on too much of a task fitting a door, along with
the handles, locking system etc.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
Its doable. Not sure how someone that doesnt know you could work out if
youre suitably skilled or not.
Also not sure why people fit pvc doors when wood lasts way longer,
looks much better, is significantly more robust, and when painted from
new with linseed oil paint is extremely low maintenance. Linseed paint
is available from specialist suppliers, and isnt cheap, but all done
its far cheaper than a pvc door.
Re security, wood doors are as secure as pvc, but most old doors are
fitted with old low security kit. This is not hard to upgrade, and if
youve fitted windows I'm sure there would be no problem doing it.
Steel doors are the ones to go for if you want max security above any
I agree with the point you make regarding wood doors - and we already have
one of them. Unfortunately we want a white door and the factor of paint
yellowing and blistering/cracking has made us opt for a upvc.
Thanks for your assistance.
If he has tackled windows, the door is easy.
The problem is that the frame will bend easily and the door won't fit
or close if the frame is bent out of shape. For example putting the
fixings in the sides half way up will try to bow the frame out so the
door will have gaps each side. As you can't wedge the frame in place
permanently, this means delicate compromises.
It is really a matter of common sense and care.
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