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    Want to know how much secondary glazing costs? In this article we look at secondary glazing prices for different sized houses so that anyone can calculate how much it will cost them to have the windows fitted.

    Average Cost of Secondary Glazing:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 1-2 days

    £2500

    How Much Does Secondary Glazing Cost?

    Secondary glazing involves installing an extra set of glazing on the inside of an existing window and can be permanent or can be added as a temporary measure. Secondary glazing is often installed for the same reasons as double glazing, to offer better insulation and soundproofing, but is usually cheaper than double glazing and is the best option if you cannot replace your windows due to living in a listed property.

    For listed buildings or conservation areas, the slim aluminium frames used for secondary glazing are unobtrusive and almost invisible from the outside, retaining the external character of your property and thereby avoiding the need for local authority planning permission (local planning authorities class secondary glazing as removable items).

    Secondary glazing is easier to fit than double glazing and is far more suited to a DIY installation if you are reasonably handy. However, most people will prefer to have a local tradesman come and fit the glazing professionally, so they know it has been done right.

    Secondary glazing prices vary depending on the number of windows and your location in the UK. On average, the installation of secondary glazing usually costs around £250-£500 per window.

    Installing Secondary Glazing Prices

    Job Description Material Costs Labour Costs Duration
    Fitting of secondary glazing to four windows £1000-£1500 £230-£280 0.5-1 day
    Fitting of secondary glazing to small terraced house up to eight windows £2200-£2600 £380-£450 1-2 days
    Fitting of secondary glazing to semi-detached house up to ten windows £2800-£3200 £650-£700 1.5-2.5 days
    Fitting of secondary glazing to detached house up to fifteen windows £4300-£4800 £800-£1100 3-4 days

    Additional Costs

    There are a number of additional costs that may arise when it comes to installing secondary glazing to the windows at your home. Below is a list of some of those extra costs that you may need to consider:

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    On average, professional window contractors will charge around £120-£180 per day for labour. A secondary glazing installation often requires two contactors, and so you can expect the labour costs to be around £200-£300 per full day of work.

    The time frame to install secondary glazing will vary depending on the size of your home and the number of windows that you want the secondary glazing to be fitted to. Fitting secondary glazing to four windows can usually be completed within a day, whereas the fitting of secondary glazing on a detached home of around 15 windows usually takes around 3-4 days.

    The cost for labour also varies due to the number of windows and the time it takes to fit them. Fitting of secondary glazing to four windows usually costs around £230-£280 in total for the labour, however, the labour costs for a detached home of around 15 windows costs around £800-£1100 on average.

    What is Secondary Glazing?

    Secondary glazing involves the fitting of a thin and discreet internal window that exists in addition to your current window type. It acts as a cost-effective and very efficient way to soundproof and insulate your windows.

    There is usually a slight gap between your existing window and the new secondary glazing. This gap traps air and diffuses sound waves in order to provide that insulation and soundproofing that you require.

    Secondary glazing is much cheaper than having new windows installed since nothing needs to be removed in order to fit them.

    Cost Factors of Installing Secondary Glazing

    There are a number of factors that can affect the cost of your secondary glazing installation. Below is a list of the main things that can affect the price that you would pay for secondary glazing:

    Number of Windows

    The number of windows that need to have secondary glazing installed can greatly affect the overall cost of the job. On average, the cost the install secondary glazing to four windows is around £1230-£1780 whereas the cost the install secondary glazing on fifteen windows is an average of £5100-£5900 for the total cost of the job. As you can see, the number of windows plays a huge part in the price that you should expect to pay for secondary glazing.

    Location in the UK

    Your location in the UK can also affect the cost that you are going to pay. Labour costs in London are around £20-£50 more per day, so the labour costs can add up for those living in and around London.

    Type and Size of House

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    The type and size of the house that you live in will affect the number of windows that you have. The more windows that need to have secondary glazing installed, you more you can expect to pay for the job overall.

    Age of Home

    Older properties tend to have non-standard shaped windows and, therefore, will require bespoke secondary glazing. Since the secondary glazing will have to be specially made to suit the shape of the window, it will costs a lot more than the standard sizes.

    What's Involved in Installing Secondary Glazing?

    Below you will find a step-by-step guide on how to install secondary glazing:

    1. Measure Your Window – Use a tape measure to take the measurements of the glass on your window. Once you have your measurements, add 25mm to each measurement to give you the size of secondary glazing sheet that you will need.
    2. Trim Down Your Secondary Glazing Sheets – Based on the measurements taken in the previous step, mark up your secondary glazing sheets and place them on a cutting table. Clamp the plastic down and cut it by hand using a hacksaw or padsaw.
    3. Apple Magnetic Strips – Once the glazing has been shaped, you must smooth off the edges using sandpaper and use a cloth to wipe away any remaining bits of plastic. Then, stick the self-adhesive magnetic strip to each edge of the glazing and peel off the protective paper as you work your way around. The corners can either be mitred or simply butted up to the next strip.
    4. Position the New Glazing Panel – Hold your secondary glazing sheet up to the window so that it overlaps the window frame evenly on each side. Use a pencil to draw a line around the sheet to mark the outer edge ready for mounting the new glazing.
    5. Fix the Adhesive Strip – Remove the glazing once again and fit the self-adhesive metal strip to your window frame. Be sure it lines up with your pencil markings and peel off the protective paper as you go along.
    6. Line the Sheet Up to The Window – Before finally installing the secondary glazing, give the glass of your window a wipe clean. Then, line the sheet up to the frame and stick the two parts together. Finally, peel away the protective coating.
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    Can I Install Secondary Glazing Myself?

    A major benefit to secondary glazing is that it is much easier to fit than replacement double glazing. With this in mind, it could be done as a DIY project; however, it still does require some basic skills and a little bit of patience in order to do a good job.

    You need to be sure that you can take accurate measurements so that you can order the right size of glazing as needed. Glazing can be made to measure, or you can cut it yourself. However, no matter which option you choose, you need to be sure that you can take accurate measurements of your windows.

    The job itself is quite simple providing you can take the right measurements and that you’re patient enough to be able to line up the pieces correctly. If you are at all unsure as to whether you will have the patience or precision to complete the job, then you should hire a professional contractor to carry out the job who has experience of fitting secondary glazing.

    Types of Secondary Glazing Windows

    Below is a list of the different types of secondary glazing that you can get for your home:

    Lift Out Secondary Glazing

    Lift out secondary glazing panels are ones that are removable and allow for occasional access. They come in a number of different shapes, sizes, and thickness so you can get exactly what you need to suit your windows. This type of glazing also allows for access so that you can clean the inside of your windows as needed.

    PROS

    ✔ Lifts out for access

    ✔ Allows you to remove for cleaning

    ✔ Supports large windows

    ✔ Comes in different shapes and styles

    CONS

    ✖ Less Secure than other secondary glazing types

    Horizontal Slider Units

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    Slider units come in a number of different sizes and styles and usually have between two and five panels depending on the size of the window it is being installed in. They can also come in a variety of colours to suit your specific taste and match your window and room.

    PROS

    ✔ Comes in different shapes and styles

    ✔ Comes in a variety of colours

    ✔ Can accommodate small and large windows

    ✔ Versatile

    CONS

    ✖ Difficult to install

    Vertical Slider Units

    Vertical slider units come in a number of different sizes and styles and are designed specifically to be used on sash windows. They can also come in a variety of colours to suit your specific taste and match your window and room.

    PROS

    ✔ Comes in different shapes and styles

    ✔ Come in different glazing sizes for various options for sound and heat insulation

    CONS

    ✖ Difficult to install

    Hinged Glazing Units

    Hinged glazing has the benefit of having a variety of different hinge, and these allow different types of access so you can choose the type of hinge that best suits your specific needs. This type of glazing unit can be used as a fire escape due to the various opening options. It also improves security with multi-point locking.

    PROS

    ✔ Allows different types of access

    ✔ Can be used as a fire escape

    ✔ Improves security

    ✔ Excellent acoustic installation

    CONS

    ✖ Bulky

    ✖ Difficult to install

    Alternatives to Secondary Glazing

    There are some alternatives to secondary glazing available. Below is a list of the alternatives to secondary glazing that you may wish to consider:

    Double Glazing Costs

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    Double glazing windows contain sealed units that are created using two pieces of glass. The gap between the two panes of glass provides good insulation for the home against the cold weather outside. Double glazing usually costs around £100-£300 per window.

    PROS

    ✔ Good insulation

    ✔ Lower energy bills

    ✔ Prevents a lot of condensation

    ✔ Better soundproofing

    ✔ Better durability and security

    ✔ Increase property value

    CONS

    ✖ More expensive than secondary glazing

    ✖ Can’t be repaired


    Triple Glazing Costs

    Triple glazing windows contain sealed units that are created using three pieces of glass. The gap between the three panes of glass provides good insulation for the home against the cold weather outside. Triples glazing usually costs around £300-£500 per window.

    PROS

    ✔ Excellent insulation

    ✔ Lower energy bills

    ✔ Prevents almost all chances of condensation

    ✔ Better soundproofing

    ✔ Better durability and security

    ✔ Increase property value

    CONS

    ✖ More expensive than secondary glazing and double glazing

    ✖ Can’t be repaired

    ✖ Bulky

    ✖ Extra weight can put a strain on hinges and joints

    Building Regulations for Secondary Glazing

    Listed properties and properties in conservation areas may be subject to restrictions. It is always in your best interest to check with your local council any time you make changes to homes of these types.

    For listed buildings or conservation areas, the slim aluminium frames used for secondary glazing are unobtrusive and almost invisible from the outside, retaining the external character of your property and thereby avoiding the need for local authority planning permission.

    However, any changes to listed buildings have strict rules and restrictions, so it is always best to check completely before making any types of changes to these homes.

    For all other homes, there are no building regulations to consider for secondary glazing.

    Benefits of Secondary Glazing

    There are a number of great benefits to installing secondary glazing in your home. Below is a list of some of the main advantages of secondary glazing:

    Reduces Costs

    Secondary glazing offers better insulation and so can result in lower energy costs. It is also cheaper to install than double or triple glazing and so can be a much cheaper alternative than getting replacement windows put into your home.

    Provides Insulation

    Secondary glazing provides a great amount of insulation which will help to keep your home a lot warmer, even in winter months. This extra insulation can also result in lower energy costs overall.

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    Reduces Noise

    The extra layer added onto your window can result in a lot less noise coming through from the outside. This can be especially beneficial if you live somewhere where there is a lot of noise, such as a city or on a busy road.

    Added Security

    The extra layer on your window also provides an added layer of security. Instead of just having a stand-alone window, you also have a second layer of protection on the home for your own peace of mind.

    Cost of Removing Secondary Glazing

    If you want to make any alterations to your existing windows or if you would like to paint the frames, then you may need to remove your secondary glazing temporarily. Removing them is quite a straightforward job. However, you may prefer to have a professional come in to remove them to avoid damaging them in any way.

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    If you would like to hire a contractor to come to your home to remove secondary glazing, they will usually charge around £100-£200 per day for the cost of labour.

    Hiring Someone to Install Secondary Glazing Checklist

    There are a number of things that you may need to consider when it comes to hiring someone to install secondary glazing. Below is a list of all of the things that you should think about before making a decision on the right person to take on the job:

    • Be sure to get the quote in writing so that you know exactly what you can expect to pay once the secondary glazing job is complete.
    • Always obtain at least 3 separate quotes for the job so that you can ensure you’re getting a good price.
    • Ask for a breakdown of costs on the quotes so that you can be certain that you’re getting a good price for each different element of the job.
    • For any payments you make, always get a receipt.
    • Ask around for recommendations on good contractors in your local area.
    • Find out what materials the contractor will be using for their work – you don’t want to skimp out on quality to save a bit of money upfront. This may result in you having to spend more on repairs in the future.
    • Find out how much experience the contractor has of installing secondary glazing.

    FAQs

    How effective is secondary glazing?
    Secondary glazing is very effective in adding extra security to your home as well as providing great insulation and sound reduction. Different types of secondary glazing offer different levels of effectiveness.
    How much noise does secondary glazing block out?
    It can be difficult to determine exactly how much noise secondary glazing blocks out since every property is different. However, secondary glazing can reduce noise by up to 80%.
    Does secondary glazing stop condensation?
    Secondary glazing greatly reduces the chances of condensation. In some cases, it does completely eliminate it, depending on the property and how bad the problem is.
    Is it more expensive to get double glazing or secondary glazing?
    Double glazing is usually more than 50% more expansive to install than secondary glazing.
    How much warmer does secondary glazing make the home?
    Secondary glazing can enhance the thermal insulation of your existing single-glazed window by up to 60%. This is almost as much as a good double glazed window.

    Sources

    https://www.myglazing.com/be-informed/what-is-secondary-glazing
    https://www.gsecg.com/about-us/what-is-secondary-glazing
    https://www.realhomes.com/advice/installing-secondary-window-glazing

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 19th August 2020.

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