I have been affected by this week storm and my bedroom window has been
broken by a flying piece of roof. Fortunately, it's double-glazed and
only the external pane broke.
I've been to the local glazier this morning but they are on holiday
until next week. I'm tempted to leave it like that until then but have a
few quick questions for reassurance:
1) is it risky to leave a double gazed window with just a single pane as
it is for the moment?
2) I have the feeling that it's not worth claiming this back to the home
insurance: I think I have a excess of £150 or £200 (Have to check), and
the maximum no claim discount (10 years plus, non protected). Could
someonme give me a rough estimate for such a repair? It's the bottom
panel of a wooden sash window (the "classic" Edinburgh tenement window),
double-glazed, dimensions are 112cmx64cm (or 44" x 25"). The glass broke
in tiny little pieces, like a car windowscreen, is that "Pilkington
security glass"? In that case, I can see the advantage....
It's toughened glass.
Windows of certain sizes and positions have to use toughened glass,
so that if they get broken accidentally, there are no large pieces
to drop out and cut your arm off, or similar serious injuries.
If the windows were installed since April 2002, then the replacement
will need to meet Part L (e.g. Pilkington K glass). If the windows
predate April 2002, then this is optional, but you should make it match
whatever it was before, or that glass pane will look different colour
from the others. The date may be written on the glazing spacer, if the
glass hasn't been replaced before.
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[Default] On Thu, 05 Jan 2012 09:29:04 +0000, a certain chimpanzee,
The window itself is fine (think how many houses have single glazed
windows). The risk is that it may make your property look abandoned
and a target for thieves or vandals, so it depends on how good an area
A similar sized unit in laminated glass cost me £246 last year. That's
in a uPVC window, so fitting was a ten minute job. IIRC, that also
included the late night call out to board up as well, so probably take
£50 off that.
It's toughened glass (not just Pilkington). A requirement (in England
& Wales at least) where it's at low level. Stronger than normal float
glass, but it can be breached. Security glass is usually laminated.
"If no-one on the internet wants a piece of this,
Thanks Andrew and Hugo, very useful information!
I forgot to say that I live on the third (top) floor, so, no real danger
of vandalism! I just asked about the safety of it in case for some
reason a double-glazed window with just one single layer would be
somehow more "unstable" of at higher risk of breaking...
Windows were installed in November 2002, so, I guess they need to be
Pilkington K and toughened (but not necessarily laminated).
On 05/01/2012 09:29, gogo wrote:
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