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Old Mar 27th 2012, 7:18 am
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No I am not selling it I do not want to have secondary glazing, but as a number of you have built your own homes, I was wondering if you could recommend any NZ companies that supply good double or triple glazing. I know that it has been suggested that because of the harsh sunlight that some plastic (white) windows are not recommended for homes here in NZ

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My husband and I are having double glazed replacement windows put in our 1970's built house in Wanganui at the end of April. We are also having the front and back doors replaced with double glazed equivalents. We've been advised about uPVC and the harsh NZ sunshine. We'll see. I did not want aluminium window frames as it's cold to live with. We presently have wooden window frames which are in good order. We just don't want to live in a house without double glazing.

We have used a company called Warm Windows who are based in Auckland.

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wood frames or insulated aluminium is all you'll get, there is also a coating that can be applied to
the inside of windows that helps to reflect heat back in, similar to K glass that we had back home,
I've seen it and it very good but very expensive
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www.eurowindows.co.nz (No I have never dealt with them or can vouch for their work but worth a read up on their technical side)

Look at this website, they may be what you are looking for. They manufacture in NZ as well. Argon Gas filled windows I have heard many say are very efficient and I think there is someone down here in Christchurch but I can't remember the name at the moment. I think I saw them at one of the Home Shows. They do one where there is a wood effect UPVC inside to make it look nicer I think and white on the outside.
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The alluminium one's we had fitted in Dec all came power coated, which was nice...
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We have just built and have used pvc white frames we used Homerit here in East Tamaki but we imported the double glazed glass ourselves from China which was half price to NZ nothing got broken considering that we had 3m tall ones.The only issues were we had to import the large screw fixings from Italy.
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First do thermal break windows which have insulation in the frames to stop transfer of cold. Also do smartwood which has timber inside, alu out.
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Originally Posted by nero View Post
I know that it has been suggested that because of the harsh sunlight that some plastic (white) windows are not recommended for homes here in NZ
We have several companies here in Melbourne that supply uPVC windows, the sunlight is pretty harsh here too and there are no problems of this type I've heard of - my uPVC windows still look fine in their fourth year.

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www.eurowindows.co.nz They do one where there is a wood effect UPVC inside to make it look nicer I think and white on the outside.
Be careful with this. This is a laminate version of uPVC and anything laminated can also de-laminate!

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http://www.nkwindows.co.nz/

This is the company I was thinking of, they are sure to have what you may be looking for and with no import costs to worry about as they are manufactured here!
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http://www.nkwindows.co.nz/

This is the company I was thinking of, they are sure to have what you may be looking for and with no import costs to worry about as they are manufactured here!
Shirl - do you know anyone that has used this company? Cheers
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The alluminium one's we had fitted in Dec all came power coated, which was nice...
Simon do you mind telling me which company you used? Cheers
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http://www.nkwindows.co.nz/

This is the company I was thinking of, they are sure to have what you may be looking for and with no import costs to worry about as they are manufactured here!
They are assembled in NZ, not manufactured. The window extrusions come from Germany. They are the same extrusions as supplied to many companies here in Australia. I'm not sure where this companies glazing units come from so lets assume they are made locally.

What will set this NZ company apart is the quality of the glazing and the quality of the extrusion welding. Unless they employ Europeans to do this welding and train some locals how to do it they won't be very good and the welds will fail. I have seen shocking welding here on foreign extrusions.

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I will ask OH as he would know in his line of business as he is always pricing new jobs for our own products he is going to check his information to see which of our clients used PVCu after and I will get back to you, he has been working nights and brain is not functioning yet, give me a few hours to get back to you!
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They are assembled in NZ, not manufactured. The window extrusions come from Germany. They are the same extrusions as supplied to many companies here in Australia. I'm not sure where this companies glazing units come from so lets assume they are made locally.

What will set this NZ company apart is the quality of the glazing and the quality of the extrusion welding. Unless they employ Europeans to do this welding and train some locals how to do it they won't be very good and the welds will fail. I have seen shocking welding here on foreign extrusions.

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No you are wrong they are manufactured here in NZ read the About Us section! We had a German trainer come to NZ to train our guys how to erect our German imported tek panel so yes locals are fine once they have been trained how to erect products used! Argon gas filled glazing is also now available in NZ as well.
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Simon do you mind telling me which company you used? Cheers
We Used First Windows and Doors... www.firstwindows.co.nz/

I also managed to beat them down by $1700 dollars through haggling...
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