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Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:23pm

Post Subject: windows

What do you think about having double glazed windows, on our narrowboat. Its only just 1yr old as we would be interested in what you think.And would it increase the value on the boat when we sell it, like like it dose on a house.


Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:45pm

Post Subject: windows

Dear Janet, Much depends upon what the windows look like and the air-gap within. Also if the gap is filled with a gas and what type of glass is used. If you intend to live aboard then any sort of double glazing (including stick on film from the likes of Wilkinson) will tend to make it more comfortable and less costly to heat but by how much depends upon just how efficient the double glazing is. If its to be a holiday boat with some winter short breaks I suspect the cost to benefit may be marginal. As long as the windows look like typical boat windows then I doubt it will make much difference to the resale value but just may help someone decide they want your boat from a number. However if the windows look odd then it may actually reduce the resale value. I also doubt if double glazing increases a house value nowadays because its almost standard, not having it would reduce a house value though but it is so new in boats it is hard to be sure. I do know those boats I have seen with small domestic type windows, often in UPVC, look terrible and would put many people off buying. Tony Brooks

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