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Friday April 11, 2014 at 10:18am
How we deliver DIY Double glazing  I’m In France, as I write this, and there are is a weird assortment of camper vans driving around. Yesterday, I saw the very same type of camper van that we used to make our first delivery of DIY double glazing back in 1996. And I thought it would make a topic for a blog entry about how we deliver your double glazing orders.  But,firstly let me put on my rose tinted glasses and go back to June 1996. At that time we took an order for 23 double ....
Friday April 4, 2014 at 7:03pm
DIY Double Glazing getting the right specification  Perhaps the best thing about buying double glazing from u-fit, I'm trying to remain unbiased!) is that as a manufacture with nearly 20 years experience.We can offer a very wide range of different double glazing specifications. The biggest problem is that there is so much choice, that it can be difficult to remember all the various options. I've found that people take largely one of three different approaches to choosing their Double glaz....
Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 10:59am
Getting a price for DIY double glazing By this stage, You will have no doubt realised that going the DIY route with Double glazing will save you a lot of money. That’s great, the question is how do you get a price for your new windows. UPVC double glazing comes into varietys,the first are windows that are off the peg and are made to a limited range of sizes and styles. Such as. Widths- 450, 600, 900, 1200, 1350, 1500 and 1800 mm Heights- 600, 900, 1050, 1200, 1350, 1500 and 1600 mm ....
Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 12:01pm
New double glazing machinery It's that time of year,when companies invest in new equipment,it's tax deductible so it encourages firms to upgrade or expand. Earlier this week we took delivery of our second Rotox quad welder. As a company we are a great believer in some rather simple but core philosophies; 'If you want to sell quality products use the best machinery to make to those products' Having spent 25 years fabricating UPVC windows, I realise that the above philosophy is true....
Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 10:42am
DIY windows why do it Over many years I've had the opportunity to speak to a lot of DIY window customers. We have had Scottish Lords buying windows for there estate,A German who travelled over in his Mercedes complete with roof rack and trailer to collect his windows and my favourite three nuns in a Nissan micra who collected a door, that was tied on to the roof of their car, with string and ribbons. I like speaking to our customers and getting an understanding of why choose to buy from us a....
Monday March 3, 2014 at 3:22pm
Coloured UPVC windows Many of my blogs start with the words, 'back in.....' and I then I go on to describe events from far back in my double glazing history. Not sure why that should be the case, perhaps it was a lot simpler back in 1990.I mean, coloured UPVC windows? Everything or virtually all UPVC windows were white. Mahogany woodgrain UPVC windows were pretty new back in 1990.My first experience of coloured UPVC was visual as well as audible. At the time I worked for a profile extrusions com....
Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 11:23am
New Double glazing admin Office We moved into our current double glazing factory in Coventry, back in 2003.I can still remember the laminate flooring going down and at that time not imagining that it would be in place for the next eleven years. There are eight people in the office, four in sales the other four, work in order processing. The Sales people used to sit in a long pod like thing. I designed the 'pod' using window profile and kitchen work top, It contained all the power and network....
Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 10:31am
Linda, one of our long term inmates, I mean employees, is retiring in June this year. For the last 12 years, Linda has worked in our accounts department in that time, Linda has been absent for just two days!.I will be sad when she leaves us. Linda’s reliability and long standing will feel like the loss, of a much treasured possession, in our working lives. I'm sure there are scores of people who provide the vital support role in double glazing companies as Linda does and sometimes we are o....
Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 3:05pm
Do you remember your school summer holidays? Did you spend them in a sweaty Double glazing showroom? Where you were indoctrinated into the world of double speak and learning that the word 'FREE' actually means giving nothing for something. You did? then you have have my admiration, as I too worked in a double glazing showroom when I was 17. I actually started as a door to door canvasser. On the first door I knocked I got what is known as a 'sit'.My boss who was with me said 'That was very sp....
Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 7:05pm
I don't know about you,but our home phone number is TPS (telephone preference registered) .This is meant to mean companies must not call you, to sell you something that is unsolicited. It does however allow them to phone you and canvass your opinions, purely for survey purposes. I don't really mind much, when double glazing companies call me at home.They launch into thier pitch about how wonderful their double glazing prices are. This is because I enjoy hearing the methods and techniques being....
Wednesday January 29, 2014 at 1:22pm
Yes, I do mean physically scared of fitting your own windows. If you are or even if your not, let's have a look into the possible outcomes and pitfalls of DIY Double glazing. I was prompted to write this blog after speaking to some one at the weekend.Who said 'That he would prefer to pay a full retail price for a new window rather than have to fit one himself'. Let's call him, David.David justified this remark with the fact,that from a competence point of view. 'I'm F*cking useless at DIY'....
Wednesday January 22, 2014 at 9:39am
The lowest priced front door you can buy is probably made from UPVC .We made our first UPVC door back in 1996 and I can remember the price we sold them at,£289.The reason I remember is that we had a specific telephone number 0500 000 289.I thought it was good marketing to have the door price as part of the telephone number. The UPVC front doors we sell today are in some instances now cheaper than 25 years ago! Our most popular upvc front door is priced at £282 inc vat....
Wednesday January 15, 2014 at 12:48pm
I think, no in fact,I know that I'm having another mid life crisis.How do I know this?Because,yesterday I was talking with my wife about how in the mid 1990's,the fax machine reigned supreme in our double glazing business. I'm going wax lyrically about how excitedly, we'd go into the office each morning to find a massive sheet of continuous A4 thermal paper spilling out of the fax machine.Sometimes it would only be two or three sheets of paper,but I recall a time when we had over 50 sheets of....
Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 12:43pm
Another new year is upoun us, welcome 2014.The window industry as you might expect has a quiet start to the new year.Traditionally double glazing reps were in Tenerife in January.Now Thailand seems to be in the vogue destination for double glazing people. Sadly I'm not one of thoose who goes abroad in January.Instead I prefer to use the month as a reflective and planing period.This normally means implementing all sorts of new and exciting plans.Yes, really even after 25 years of being in D....
Monday September 3, 2012 at 1:29pm
It's been said often enough, so I'll say it again...'The internet has changed our lives' it's now so easy to compare the price of virtually anything online and after all that saves you money right?  Well not so fast, let you me tell you a story;My wife kept badgering me about buying a new wide screen TV as ' mine' had an intermittent fault that meant it turned off every now and again,not a bad thing you might say.In addition to being nearly 10 years old.It had massive cabinet on the back a....
Thursday July 5, 2012 at 5:23pm
u-fit has been selling DIY double glazing for 16 years.In that time I've always tried to ensure that our customers are treated in the same way, that I would like to be treated as a buyer.  Some of the public regard double glazing people, well, at the level of crooks and thieves.(some of them are, and you will find them in all professions).I personally don't like this perception,after all, I work in the double glazing industry and this white wash approach is wrong. There are loads of grea....
Thursday March 1, 2012 at 1:02pm
Coventry Double Glazing Local Man saves £600 on Coventry Double Glazing. Mr Suliman pictured above right with U-fit Employee Shad was delighted to save £600 on a UPVC door.He also got a FREE tape measure when he came in with the advert from the Coventry Newspaper the Coventry Times. Mr Sulliman said our DIY Door price was £600 cheaper than two fitted door prices he got from a Coventry Double glazing company. U-fit MD John Armstrong says 'Its great to see the genuine sati....
Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 2:06pm
Double Glazing prices what a minefield! The UK Double glazing Industry which I’m proud to have been part of for nearly 25 years has very often, in fact almost always gotten a bad press. The perception seems to be that because Double glazing windows are made from ‘plastic’ and that carrier bag are to. It must therefore follow that they should cost roughly the same. And if some one pays say £5000 to have their house fitted with Double glazed windows they paid through the no....
Monday December 19, 2011 at 12:42pm
When you are young and I mean young as an 18 year old boy,UPVC windows hold very little interest,actually none.My first introduction to UPVC windows was by Sid who was the showroom manager at a firm that sold UPVC windows.That was back in the year 1986 so over 25 years ago. I met Knew Sid from selling his firm advertising space in the newspaper I worked for.Every week I'd go and visit and Sid who would by that time on a Friday afternoon be very merry and red faced.I'd sit his in his office, g....
Thursday December 15, 2011 at 2:06pm
DIY Double Glazing has probably been around as long as Double glazing has.I can remember my first Double Glazing boss complaining to me back in 1990. 'We need to try and get more DIY Double glazing business the margins are great' This resulted in me towing a caravan that had been converted into a mobile DIY double glazing showroom.Behind a V6 Granada.It was great we'd drive around housing estates with two other guys,one with a loud hailer shouting out DIY door prices etc.It ended late on....
Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 1:52pm
Coventry Doors was an idea I had 16 years ago.I had just moved to Coventry and had this idea of just fabricating Doors only.The reason was using my logic was that it was a lot easier to fabricate Coventry Doors than fabricating windows as well. So I named my company Door express, the idea was simple I used my limited start up capital to invest in the machinery to manufacture doors only.We used to install a Coventry Door for £299.We even had a catchy freephone number, 0500 000 299.I wished I'd....
Thursday December 1, 2011 at 2:30pm
I did discuss the subject of cheap UPVC windows last month,but that was more to do with prices and perception.And nothing to do with cheap.The irony is that once upon a time you could buy cheap UPVC windows.In this definition of cheap I mean not very good windows ie they were a bit crappy let me give you an example. About 25 years a go my then boss came up to with a press cutting from the Daily Mail newspaper waving at me he said... 'Just look at these cheap UPVC windows, how can they sel....
Wednesday November 23, 2011 at 2:49pm
I have a sister inlaw who had double glazing fitted to her house in 1988.Now personally I do like to see very early examples of UPVC Double glazing, especially UPVC Doors.Peg that's my sister inlaw's name has gone in and out of that UPVC Door for over 20 years and never had any bother from it.Other than the fact that it uses a kind of UPVC door lock, that today would be virtually illegal to fit.It has just two small locking points on the UPVC Door more suited to a balcony door lock. Recently ....
Wednesday November 16, 2011 at 7:46am
Recently, I was talking with a friend in the double glazing Industry.He runs a upvc window manufacturing business supplying the trade upvc window markets.His double glazing prices are a fair bit higher than the ones on this site. He nearly always complains that my company sells upvc windows too cheaply, and that in general cheap upvc windows aren't any good.As I've known him for a good few years I decided to take him to task on this occasion.Firstly lets look at his arguments. 1) German up....
Friday April 1, 2011 at 2:50pm
I've been asking Phil at Meridian Plastics for ages to  get his details up on the site.He tells me that his been very busy,which is great to hear. We have supplied Meridian plastics in Kent with upvc windows and doors for something like the last eight years which in upvc double glazing terms is nearly gold watch time. You can choose to buy your windows from us on site window quote or call 0800 389 0595 and buy over the phone and then collect your windows from Meridian in Kent.Or buy ....
Friday March 4, 2011 at 9:35am
As you are aware everything we buy, virtually with out exception has increased in price in the last 12 months or so.Due to energy,fuel costs and massive increases in raw materials.Coupled with massive internal demand from China, India and developing economies,has meant that the price of double glazing will increase to reflect these facts. We have had some suppliers  turn up with demands for 14% price increases.There main concern is that they may not even be able to secure stock, such ....
Thursday March 3, 2011 at 3:10pm
DIY UPVC DOORS Not only do we manufacture upvc DIY windows.We also manufacture upvc doors; front doors,back doors,stable doors,french doors,bi fold doors and patio doors Currently you can buy these on our sister site www.doorexpress.com.Shortly you will be able to buy them off this site.We currently have a selection of upvc front and back doors on this page all the doors shown are new having never been fitted they have been ordered in error or god forbid we have mde them wron!.In fact only o....
Thursday February 10, 2011 at 6:43pm
Today I witnessed something in double glazing that quiet literally stunned me and made my bloody furious.Recently we changed the firm who takes away our scrap upvc offcuts.The new company is run by a young Asian lad who came along and offered us a better price than our current supplier.His is a new business and he went the extra mile to give us great service and some useful other benefits. Today the old supplier( I will not name them) turned up and asked why we weren't using them any more.I ....
Friday January 7, 2011 at 7:07pm
Today we had our first Window energy rating(WER) audit for our DIY upvc windows.Its over a year since we gained certification for both our shield upvc window and synerjy upvc window. I was at first rather sceptical about the whole WER process. But since then it I have mellowed it allows you the customer to compare upvc window quotes very easily.By comparing the energy rating of each upvc window.Previously it was very difficult to compare upvc window efficiencies as the the amount of glass co....
Wednesday January 5, 2011 at 6:32pm
Yes 20% Vat is here on DIY upvc windows.I'm happy about this no I'm bloody not.I remember In 1990 (down memory lane again).My old boss now passed on telling me the year they introduced VAT on upvc diy double glazing " If you paid before April 4th that year it was 15% cheaper" He said glowing "We were stacked out with work I bought the BMW that year" It was a Red M5 that Jim drove like a loon and at the age of 64.A great car we had many fast appointments in that. So there you have it. To....
Monday December 20, 2010 at 8:48am
is this anything to do with upvc double glazing ? er No but it's seasonal and amusing ....
Friday December 17, 2010 at 6:15pm
When I first started in double glazing industry the only colour upvc window you could buy was white.When woodgrain mahogany profile came out it people were amazed that it could be done.We manufacture black on black or black on white upvc windows in A energy rating or C energy rating.The black on black colour is a woodgrain foil effect that is applied to both sides of a brown upvc profile.Black on white is applied to a white profile.Both profiles are synerjy so are fully featured. The black up....
Friday December 10, 2010 at 8:42pm
We have took an order for some black on white upvc windows, actually an apartment block full in Mallorca.The customer specified our A rated window which seems odd as they don't have the winter temperatures we have had recently.But the high insulation value is needed to reduce the air conditioning requirement in the block.We had to deal with a Spanish architect.(I know your thinking of Fawlty Towers) but she was a pleasure to deal with and sorted out all the translations for us.The windows are ge....
Friday December 3, 2010 at 7:28pm
It's been a good week in double glazing, well it felt like a good week to me.I got a few new trade customers onboard and one of them has been trading since 1937.I got to meet three generations of the same family all working in the same window firm.The oldest took me to one side in the factory and showed me in his hand 4 window screws he'd picked off the floor.His words were "many a mickle makes a muckle" this translates to "pennies maketh pounds" I ag....
Friday September 24, 2010 at 7:09pm
I had a meeting today,yes really,with our bank manager and it was the normal how are you doing? can we sell you anything? money has never been cheaper to borrow etc...However he went onto say that he and his bank thought next year 2011 would be a year of price rises. he cited energy prices,raw materials and of course in January vat will be going up from 17.5% now to 20% although felt it unlikely for interest rates to rise what a relief.It got me thinking what prices we may have and if it's poss....
Friday September 17, 2010 at 6:59pm
 These days it seems to me that most websites insist on you leaving your personal details before they'll give you a price I don't know about you but when I visit a site I'm not going there for any other reason to find out about the service or product and ideally how much it's going to cost. Currently if you would like a window quote on our site you can do so without leaving your personal details which is great if excuse the pun "your window shopping!" .You can of course leave you....
Friday September 10, 2010 at 7:07pm
It's a tough market out there for any business and upvc window companies are not excluded.... except one that is.Check out the youtube clip above.When the credit crunch started we decided to invest in new products to offer our customers. Setting up this website was part of that process when you can get a free window quote without having to leave your details.In addition we extended our product range to include coloured upvc windows not only in the normal colours like mahogany woodgrain bu....
Friday September 3, 2010 at 6:59pm
I had a visit today from an elderly friend I think his 78 so I'm allowed to call him "old boy" he wanted a price for 4 new upvc replacement windows.He stretched out his arms and said there about this size and then ummed and a'rred a bit, I said I come round and give him a window quote. Ted is a Farmer (beef herd) and has lived in the farm house since September 29th 1942 he has 140 acres and currently 100 cows- (it's very interesting to me).He takes round the back of the house and shows me the....
Friday August 27, 2010 at 5:33pm
From October 2010 all replacement upvc windows must have a WER (window energy rating) of C or above.What does this mean to you?,as you are probably aware white goods(washing machines,fridges etc) come with an energy rating A to G, A is the most efficent in terms of the amount of energy the product uses.If you would like a price for an energy window now please go to our free window quote. UPVC replacement windows now to have a energy rating label which allows you to compare any upvc window w....
Saturday August 7, 2010 at 3:37pm
Around about 20 years ago upvc replacement windows were in the main white in colour but like most things more choice became available.The first woodgrain upvc window I ever saw was in 1990 at it was called mahogany woodgrain which we still offer as a choice today. The woodgrain effect is actually a thermo plastic film that is applied to the surface of the window profile at the end of the extrusion process.The foil we use is a German foil called Renolit and comes with a 10 year guarantee again....
Saturday August 7, 2010 at 3:35pm
A quick answer is that I don't know! but I'll try to help guide you in selecting the right upvc window company.Choosing a firm to buy your replacement upvc windows from is difficult let me explain with this example. When I was away on holiday recently we decided to go to a restaurant the main street was full of restaurants advertising high prices and they were packed with tourists.We walked a bit up into the side streets and found a small place also packed with customers the difference was the....
Friday August 6, 2010 at 3:07pm
UPVC windows are funny awkward things to deliver they can be quiet big in two dimensions but only 70mm wide in the outerframe.Then you have the sealed units a double glazed sealed unit weighs 1 sq/mtr weighs 20kgs which means 15 units could weigh a fair bit.All the upvc windows we manufacture in Coventry are delivered on our own transport however we do use TNT to deliver our UPVC doors see our sister site www.doorexpress.com for a free door quote.As its Friday afternoon I though I'd take a walk ....
Friday July 30, 2010 at 5:15pm
Back in 1990 upvc windows were still in there infancy at that time I was working as a rep for Spectus systems who extruded upvc profile which window fabricators then made into finished upvc windows. Some of the early upvc systems were very bulky and this made the window look hideous The key was for upvc windows to try and replicate the slim sightlines of the then dominant aluminium windows.Spectus had a slim upvc sash called SW14 if I remember correctly this window casement was very slim and ....
Friday July 23, 2010 at 8:07pm
When I started in the double glazing industry in 1990 everyone in the trade called double glazed windows by there proper name uPVC windows.uPVC is an acronym of unplasticised poly vinyl chloride which is a bit of a mouthful.The unplasticised part means it is not soft or pliable like a normal plastic,although some plasticiser is used in the extrusion process.However some people refer to them as pvcu windows. However some wide boys wearing white socks back then called them plastic windows that'....
Monday July 19, 2010 at 2:33pm
Buying DIY upvc double glazed windows online is perhaps one of the more obscure products you can buy over the internet.Made to measure DIY upvc double glazed windows is even more esoteric. we started selling DIY upvc windows on the internet 10 years ago on our orginal website (it looks pretty dated now!) back then we were the only company doing so. In that time we have sold many thousands of upvc windows all over the UK,europe and the world. Ten years on we have launched our newest w....
Wednesday March 24, 2010 at 12:56pm
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