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Windows and Doors Replacement UK & Installation Cost Guide


Windows and Doors Replacement UK & Installation Cost Guide

Alice Johnson
Written by Alice Johnson
Updated on 2nd May 2024
Posted on 5th March 2024

Windows and Doors Replacement For Homes in The UK

In the ever-evolving home improvement landscape, window and door replacement in the UK has become increasingly popular.

Many UK homeowners are realising the benefits of upgrading their windows and doors in terms of aesthetics and energy efficiency, security, and overall comfort.window and door replacement

If you're strongly thinking about replacing your windows and doors, you're in the right place.

While our name may be Value Doors, we also specialise in window replacement.

In this guide, we'll explore what window and door replacement involve, including associated costs, and how you can embark on this exciting and transformative journey for your home.

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Why Get Replacement Windows and Doors?

The Aging Factor

Unless you've just replaced your windows and doors and don't like what they look like, the ageing factor is one of the primary reasons homeowners opt for window and door replacement.

Like anything, over time, the performance of your windows and doors may deteriorate due to exposure to the elements, wear and tear from opening and closing, or simply outdated designs that don't suit your taste anymore.

One telltale sign of old windows is if you've observed annoying condensation forming between the glass in your double-glazed window panes.

Others may be that you have detected unwelcome drafts inside your home or noticed a steady increase in your energy bills (really annoying).

Still, it might be ideal to consider upgrading to a new window and door replacement.

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Unlocking the Benefits of Window and Door Replacement

Windows are essential elements of your home, offering a view of the outside world and contributing to your comfort and energy efficiency.

If you find your windows difficult (or impossible) to open and close, it's a clear sign that it might be time for a replacement.

Without attempting to scare anyone, this is particularly important as windows can serve as vital escape routes for you and your family during emergencies.

Several factors can mean that your old windows are hard to operate and one common issue we see repeatedly is when they have been painted shut.

While it might have seemed convenient during a DIY paint job, it significantly hampers the window's functionality.

Other causes of stuck windows include warped window frames, especially in the case of old cheap uPVC windows that can easily expand and warp in hot weather.

Although uPVC window frames should contract when it cools, repeated expansion and contraction can lead to an ill-fitting frame.

Additionally, shifts in your home's foundation or brickwork can also cause the window frame to no longer fit properly.

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Enhancing Soundproofing for Peaceful Living

Modern windows are designed to let in light and reduce sound transfer, greatly enhancing your quality of life, primarily if you reside near a busy road.

Replacing your windows and doors with triple glazing is often recommended, as it makes a big difference.

The best way to tell if you need new ones is if you can hear outside noise even when your window is shut; it's likely an indication that your window is quite old.

Opting for new windows and doors is the way to go to enjoy peace.

Explore the best windows and doors for noise reduction to transform your living space into a tranquil oasis (unless you've got kids, we can't keep them quiet for you).

Banishing Drafts for Energy Efficiency

Ensuring a warmer home with drafty windows and doors can wreak havoc on your energy bills, potentially increasing heating costs by up to 25%.

While the upfront cost of new windows and doors might seem daunting, it's a wise investment in the long run.

New windows and doors are far more energy-efficient than their older counterparts, translating into substantial savings.

Drafts often occur when doors and windows don't shut properly, and a malfunctioning locking mechanism could be the culprit.

Additionally, a faulty seal not only leads to drafts but also poses a security risk. Investing in new ones can address these issues comprehensively.

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Bid Farewell to Leaking Windows

Doors are designed to keep things out, particularly during cold weather, while windows are meant to invite natural light into your home.

However, this effect can be compromised when moisture infiltrates double-glazing, or condensation accumulates on the inside.

While you can wipe away condensation from the glass or frames, it can quickly become a nuisance and promote mould growth within the frame.

Furthermore, moisture trapped inside the window glass is irreversible and can obstruct your view and light penetration.

Such issues often arise due to deteriorating seals or improper initial installation. In the worst-case scenario, your doors or windows might start to leak, leading to pools of water indoors.

In such instances, replacing the windows and doors is often the most cost-effective solution, as repairs can become costly if other panes' seals fail.

Embrace Energy Efficiency with Double Glazing

If you've ever wondered why your room is freezing in winter and sweltering in the summer, it may be due to having single-pane glass rather than double-glazing.

Single-pane windows and doors are commonly found in older properties and are less effective and efficient than modern double-glazing and triple-glazing.

Ultimate efficiency with triple-glazed replacement windows and doors

If you want to go to town and make sure that your home is more energy efficient, you could also get triple-glazed windows.

As the name states, there are 3 panes of glass instead of two, meaning that there is far less heat and sound transferred through them, making them far more thermally efficient.

Unfortunately, though, as you have probably guessed, this does come at a cost, although some companies offer triple glazing costs for the price of double.

Improved Security

New windows and doors often come equipped with advanced security features installed.

These additions give you and your family a heightened sense of security and peace of mind, contributing to a safer living environment.

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Choosing a Window And Door Company

When selecting a window and door installation company, we recommend choosing a reputable company with a clear track record, plenty of 5-star reviews and a wide range of styles (like us here at Value Doors).

To ensure a high standard, we're a FENSA-approved installer as well as CERTAS. Local companies tend to offer cost-effective services but often on longer lead times and potentially without accountability.

We offer a comprehensive service, and choosing to replace both your windows and doors simultaneously can provide significant benefits.

Not only do our newly fitted doors look great right away, but it also leads to long-term savings in both time and money.

Whether you decide on uPVC, timber, or aluminium frames, enhancing your home through these upgrades can significantly boost the overall value of your property and lower your energy bill.

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Types of Replacement Doors and Windows

Entry Doors

Entry doors, such as your front and back doors, serve as the primary entrance to your home.

They come in various materials, including timber doors, composite doors (GRP), UPVC doors, aluminium doors and steel doors.

Each material offers a distinct set of benefits, from the classic appeal of wood to the high strength and durability of steel doors; we can provide you with everything you need.

Our composite front doors are also currently the best option on the market, offering next-generation technology to ensure longevity, energy efficiency and security.

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors are a popular choice for seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. They allow natural light to flood your home while providing easy and secure access to your outdoor area.

French Doors

With their double-door design, French doors add an elegant touch to any home. They are durable and perfect for creating a sense of openness and flow between the indoors and the outdoors.

We offer both uPVC French doors and composite French doors, depending on your style and budget.

Bifold doors

Bifold doors offer a great solution to homeowners looking to make the most of a space or opening. These concertina-style doors slide one way or the other and fold up neatly towards your chosen side.

You can choose from bifold doors that are two panels up to 10 panels or more, depending on the size required. View our bifold door cost guide here for pricing or use our door builder to design your own.

Casement Windows

These standard casement windows operate like doors, swinging outward.

This design provides excellent airflow control and a unique aesthetic appeal, often at an attractive price.

Value Doors sells both uPVC casement windows and aluminium casement windows, depending on your style and budget.

Sliding sash windows

uPVC sliding sash windows are a timeless classic that slides up and down. Many buildings in the UK have to have this style of window to be in keeping with the rules and building regulations of specific listed properties.

Tilt and turn windows

Tilt and turn windows are often more expensive to buy due to the mechanisms involved, but they offer a great solution if you just want them open a little bit.

This also means that you can do away with frames that go across the window and let more light in or improve your view.

Bay windows

Bay windows are the large protruding ones in homes across the UK.

These usually consist of at least three windows, with 2 going outwards at an angle and another joining them like half a hexagon. These can give a room and home a more prominent appearance and look great.

How much do replacement windows and doors cost?

As you can imagine, the cost of replacing windows and doors will vary on the amount that you need.

If you need an exact price, you can use our online builder tool to get an exact price for windows and doors with replacements, provided the information you provide is correct.

We will still do a site survey, too, to ensure that everything is correct before ordering.

Average window and door replacement cost for a whole house

As a guide, the average price of replacement doors and windows for a house is £7,000. This takes into consideration 8 uPVC windows and 2 composite doors.

To break this down even more, it will be around £4,000 for the uPVC windows and £3,000 for the two composite doors.

Exploring Window and Doors Costs for 3-Bedroom Semi-Detached Homes

If you own a semi-detached house, you're likely familiar with the unique layout—a home that shares a wall with only one other house while having windows on all different sides.

When determining double glazing costs for a 3-bedroom semi-detached house, there are a few key factors to consider.

Factors Affecting Window and Door Prices

The total cost of double-glazed windows and doors for your 3-bedroom semi in the UK isn't solely dependent on the number of new windows you need.

It also hinges (completely intended pun) on the type of window and door frame material you prefer. Here's the all-important breakdown of cost factors in the UK:

Window and Door Type

The type of new window and door you choose significantly affects cost estimation. For instance, many homeowners choose to opt for uPVC casement windows.

Installing 8 uPVC casement windows in your semi-detached home would typically cost around £4,000, and you could get 2 uPVC doors for around £1,000.

However, if you lean towards something more up-to-date, modern and longer lasting, installing 10 aluminium windows and 2 composite doors in your semi-detached house could amount to approximately £10,000.

Windows and Door Frame Material

Frame material also influences pricing, such as uPVC frames, which are often more budget-friendly than wooden frames, which can be pricier but offer customers a timeless aesthetic.

Other options are composite and aluminium frames, which are relatively more expensive but look fantastic.

Installation Complexity

The intricacy of the installation process can also affect your budget.

As we all know, time is money. Custom or complex installations may require more time and expertise, increasing labour costs.

Size and Quantity

Naturally, larger or external doors and multiple windows and doors will drive up the overall cost of your replacement project.

It's essential to consider the scale of your project when budgeting.

Additional Features

Customisations, such as decorative glass, hardware (knockers, letter plates etc) upgrades, or special finishes, can add to the end cost.

Still, by using our online tool, you can add these details to determine the price essential for achieving a personalised and unique look for your home.

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When considering the cost of new double-glazing windows and doors for your 3-bedroom semi-detached house, it's best to consider the number of windows and your preferences for window and door type and frame material.

This way, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and aesthetic preferences while enhancing your home's energy efficiency and overall appeal.

How long does replacing windows and doors typically take in the UK?

The time it takes for replacement varies based on the project's complexity.

On average, it can take a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on how many installers are used to fit them, plus the actual amount required.

Are there any government incentives for energy-efficient windows and doors?

Yes, in the UK, government incentives or grants are often available to encourage the installation of energy-efficient windows and doors.

Be sure to check for the latest programs.

Can I install new windows and doors, or should I hire professionals?

While DIY installation is possible for some, hiring professionals is highly recommended to ensure proper fitting, insulation, and security features are in place.

Look for the fenestration industry regulatory bodies such as the FENSA certificate or CERTAS registered. Value Doors are FENSA registered.

What is the typical lifespan of new windows and doors?

The lifespan varies depending on the material and maintenance.

Well-maintained windows and doors can last 20 years or more, as many of our happy customers know.

Do I need planning permission for window and door replacement?

In most cases, replacing windows and doors in the UK does not require planning permission. However, there may be exceptions, so it's advisable to check with your local council authorities or a professional contractor.

What next?

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Written by
Alice Johnson
Alice Johnson Marketing Executive
Posted on: 5th March 2024
Topic: Advice

Alice Johnson is a dynamic and results-driven Marketing Executive passionate about creating impactful campaigns that resonate with target audiences. With a marketing strategy and digital communications background, Alice brings a unique blend of creativity and analytical thinking to her role.

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