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# 136610 3-Dec-2013 10:59
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We are looking at removing an old aluminium window and replacing it with a sliding door. The window is 1300mm wide and from speaking to a couple of Aluminium Window firms a standard 1200mm slider will fit no problem. Does anyone know much about these and the different models/manufacturers? Anything to avoid or look out for and can anyone recommend a good firm to do the work in Wellington?

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  # 944612 3-Dec-2013 11:09
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I talked to a few aluminium door companies in Wellington, without exception I found them lazy, slow to visit, slow to quote, and difficult to deal with. Of the three who I asked for quotes only one even bothered to send them through.

 

I ended up using ThermalFrame, a PVC window/door place, for a window, and I plan to use them again in future. I don't know if they do sliding doors, but they'd be worth checking out, as would other PVC places. PVC doesn't conduct heat like aluminium, so much better heat insulation. They have windows over 30 years old still looking good, which is a concern for some people. Read their FAQ.

NB: I'm not associated with any door/windows company, just reporting my experience.

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  # 944618 3-Dec-2013 11:16
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Ring Wellington Windows and Doors in Porirua(used to be First) always found them really good to deal with.

 
 
 
 




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  # 944630 3-Dec-2013 11:32
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timmmay: I talked to a few aluminium door companies in Wellington, without exception I found them lazy, slow to visit, slow to quote, and difficult to deal with. Of the three who I asked for quotes only one even bothered to send them through. I ended up using ThermalFrame, a PVC window/door place, for a window, and I plan to use them again in future. I don't know if they do sliding doors, but they'd be worth checking out, as would other PVC places. PVC doesn't conduct heat like aluminium, so much better heat insulation. They have windows over 30 years old still looking good, which is a concern for some people. Read their FAQ.

NB: I'm not associated with any door/windows company, just reporting my experience.


I have considered PVC and would have no problem using it but we need the frame to be the same colour as the existing windows (plain aluminium). White would not look good on our house.

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  # 944672 3-Dec-2013 12:43
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Modern aluminium windows have a thermal break layer to stop thermal transfer (not sure if they all do).

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  # 944679 3-Dec-2013 12:50
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kiwitrc: Modern aluminium windows have a thermal break layer to stop thermal transfer (not sure if they all do).


That's usually an option that you pay for. PVC windows tend to be cheaper than those, but more expensive than the ones without breaks - big generalisation there of course.

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