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Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by TmBuilder, 1 Apr 2015.

  1. TmBuilder

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    Hi guys,

    I am new here - and will start off with a question :), hope that is ok


    Please could someone recommend a good and reasonable company I could get a new victorian terrace wooden door and fitted. I am looking to replace a pvc door which i've inherited from previous owners. So far I've been to london door company, which is way out of my budget and Distinguished doors in forest hill (previously known as dawes for doors) which seems to have pretty bad reviews.
    Would someone be able to advice how much a solid wood or stained glass door might cost to be made and fitted?
    Any advice greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

    Tom
     
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  3. ronniecabers

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    Possibly cheapest to got to a carpenter and get him to make one and fit it.

    Stained Glass...you won't be able to fit traditional stained glass in a new/modern front door , due to the need for safety glass, but there are many companies ( such as ours :D ) that offer the modern day equivalent of adhering Lead and film to one piece of glass to create a similiar look ( have it aged and soldered and it will look very close to traditional! )
     
  4. TmBuilder

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    Hi Ronnie

    Thanks for the advice - you have any pictures of those doors to show me? :)
     
  5. TmBuilder

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    and how much would that fun cost me?
     
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    Not so
    1. Safety

    Traditional stained glass lead lights are often glazed in vulnerable/critical areas – doors, sidelights, and at low levels. B.S 6206 through to the Building Regulations 2000 (approved document N1) are very clear in deeming traditional stained glass lead lights as safe (within the definitions of these regulations) and suitable for use in these areas provided the small panes within the lead do not exceed specific sizes, which ours don’t.

    We are finding that some architects, surveyors, and builders are incorrectly advising that only toughened, laminated, or double glazing can be used in doors, sidelights, and at low levels (i.e. critical locations). The Building Regulations 2000 document, N1, clause 1.2 clearly states: “Glazing in critical locations should either, a). break safely b). be robust or in small panes.”It also clearly states in clause 1.5: “In the context of this approved document a `small pane` may be an isolated pane, or one of a number of panes contained within glazing bars, traditional leaded lights or copper lights.”
     
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    you will want a new door frame as well.

    In an older house, the frame is likely to be recessed into the brickwork so that only a small amount shows from the street side. If you have a carpenter or joiner he should be able to trim and assemble the frame to fit (they are often delivered as four pieces) or if you do it yourself there will be some trial and error. If some of the houses in your street have the original door and frame ask if you can measure it from the inside.

    Looking at an original will also guide you in how fancy the door should be. Large expensive houses tend to have larger and fancier doors than small ones. A stained or varnished door will not be in keeping (and needs more maintenance anyway)

    Unless it is protected by a porch, fit a weatherbar. The holes and screws are drilled and driven from the inside.

    Unlike God, I would use laminated glass in and around a door, even if it has been dressed up in some way to look old and fancy.
     
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    Hi guys

    Thanks for posting useful info on your front door. Can I ask what should one expect to pay for such doors? I had a quote from one company for 4k! So was looking for something a bit less?
     
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    BS6206 no longer exists , BSen12150 supercedes it , but that is besides the point. :D

    If you are replacing the door sash and frame You would still need it to be in a double glazed unit, conforming to building regs for the door, using a 'u' value of I think 1.6 ( but might be 1.8 for a door ). Most DGU manufacturers will not seal traditional Stained glass into a Double Glazed unit ( some may put it within the unit for a triple Glazed unit) . Also If you are replacing the door and frame , it will either need to be fitted a person who is part of a glazing competent scheme ( eg Fensa/certass ) , or signed of by local building control , both should know about the need to conform to the U-value.

    As goes links to the modern versions we have two sites , one under construction ( www.stainedglassdevon.co.uk ) and also our actual glass/upvc companies site ( www.bradworthy-glass.com ), both only show a sample of what we can actually do......prices would vary on size of glass and complexity of design
     
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    Is it north or south of the 4k the other company bid?

    Sorry if I sound like a cheap a..hole but I am kind of cash stripped at the moment since I also recently changed my garage doors - which were suprisingly much more affordable (got this one http://www.teckentrup.co.uk/product...tional-garage-doors/garage-door-gsw40-l.html) than this stained glass door?
     
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    We would only be able to do the glass......Still quite shocked at a £4k quite for a wooden door though......would have thought about half that
     
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    Or if you can find a ready-made one near enough to size to trim and fit, a few hundred.

    If you can get local recommendations for a competent chippy, he will know the suppliers.
     
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    Yeah, so was I :)
     
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