RTÉ Room to Improve and Dk Windows & Doors

Did you know that our products have been featured on RTÉ One‘s Room To Improve where we worked with Architect Dermot Bannon to transform a clients home. Dermot works within a specified budget and timescale. Check it out for yourself down Below!

Room to Improve Series 3 Programme 6

Room to Improve Series 4 Programme 1


Home Renovation Incentive Scheme (HRI)

This covers work carried out on your main residence between €5,000 and €30,000 (inclusive of Vat) rated at 13.5% and is reclaimed via tax credits.

It applies to work carried out between 25th Oct 2013 and 31st Dec 2015. The value reclaimed is equivalent to the vat paid @ a rate of 13.5%.

What we need (before order is placed)

1. The property ID number (as used in LPT (Local Property Tax))

2. Name of the person claiming the relief (with order confirmation)

What we supply to Homeowner (at delivery stage)

1. Dk Windows and Doors Vat Number (on quotation)

2. Tax Clearance Certificate (with order confirmation)

What we supply to homeowner (at delivery stage)

1. Vat invoice for full value of job including description of works.

2. Copy of delivery docket.

Where can you get the further information?

If you wish to avail of this offer please inform your sales representative at time of ordering.


Window & Door Jargon Explained

Double Glazed: 2 panes of glass separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat loss.
Triple Glazed: 3 panes of glass separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat loss.
Low E-coating: A low-e coating is a thin microscopic transparent layer that reflects long wave heat. Some low e-coatings may also reflect short wave heat. When the heat tries to escape from inside to the outside cold during winter the low e-coating reflects the heat back in, reducing heat loss. The reverse occurs during the summer.
U-Value: U value is a measure of how effective a material is as an insulator. The lower the U-value is the better the material is as an insulator. Better insulating materials in your home leads to lower heating and energy costs. Below is a table showing the different u-values associated with the varying types of glazing and coating. Remember that the lower the u-value the better the insulation.
Product U-Value
Single Glazed 5.8
Double Glazed 2.8
Triple Glazed 1.3
Low e-coating 1.0
Acoustic Transmittance: Acoustics describes the sound control ability of a product. Sound transmission through windows and glass is largely dependent on the window assembly. Increasing the glass thickness improves noise levels but its stiffness limits the improvements. Likewise using multiple glazing (double/triple) improves noise levels but is mostly dependent on the separation of the layers.
Solar Transmittance/Visual Transmittance: Is a measurement of the amount of light that enters through a window. The higher the VT number the more light enters into the property and with correct installation and planning should lessen the requirement for electrical lighting.
Argon Filled: Argon gas is an inexpensive, non-toxic and odourless gas that is heavier than. It is used to fill the space in between panes of glass and to provide extra insulation to the window and to prevent frost from forming at the bottom of the window. In addition argon filled windows offer higher sound proofing characteristics, blocks some ultraviolet light and minimizes heat exchange.
Weather Seal: The system put in place to help the window defend against the elements. This can be done in a variety of ways including the use of silicon and expanding foam.
Air permeability: This refers to the amount of air that can get through a window when it is in a closed position. The European Standard regarding Air Permeability in windows and doors is EN 12207.
Wind Load: Is the force applied to a structure arising from the impact of wind on it. In relation to windows, this is the force that window can withstand.
Weather tightness: A combination of water tightness, wind resistance and air permeability.
Gasket: A gasket is a shaped rubber sheet or another material used to seal a junction between two surfaces.
Materials Used:
• Aluminium: Aluminium has a slim profile with narrow sight lines. It is a low maintenance and durable material. It is a light and strong material that can be used to create a wide range of finished products. Aluminum is not recommended in beach homes for while the material is water resistant, it can suffer corrosion from salt water and salt air. The corrosion affects hardware operation and frame performance.
• Wood: Wood has the advantages of having excellent insulating properties as well as being able. It can be painted or can be stained and sealed to maintain the wood grain. Compared to aluminium wood requires a lot of maintenance. Frequent touch-ups and the occasional sanding resealing and applying of a new coat of the product is almost needed. A good solution to this is Aluclad. On the outside of the timber frame sits powder coated aluminium claddings, This provides resistance against moisture and weather elements while still maintaining the warmth and insulation of wood.
• PVC: PVC is a versatile flexible plastic that can be manufactured to look like other materials, such as wood. Unplastisized PVC or UPVC is commonly used to make windows as it is durable to weather conditions and stresses, although some manufacturers will refer to this as PVC. UPVC will not change shape under normal weather conditions but may change shape under high temperatures.


What Are Your Windows Telling You?

Your windows will give you a clear sign when they need replacing or some tender love and care. Here are some key indications;
• Draughts coming through the window
• Condensation or fogging in between glass panes
• Opening or closing the window becomes difficult
• Black mildew is constantly reforming on the frame or glass
• Chipping of the frame
• If the window is too hot in summer to touch
• If the window is too cold in Winter to touch
• If you are unhappy with your current windows
• If the frame is rotting
Below are some examples of what to look out for.


How To Take Care Of Your Composite Door

Composite doors are made of a multitude of materials to ensure optimum performance and durability. Our composite doors are made a mixture of materials including fibreglass, and uPVC. The 70mm reinforced monocoque structure makes our doors extremely durable and heat retentive. They also provide a hardened high security structure that is virtually impossible to break through.
Door surface & furniture:
All our composite doors are low maintenance and high security by design. Any maintenance required to keep your door in tip top condition is very easy to carry out. A few simple tasks can ensure that your door stays in its best possible condition. All you need is a mild detergent mixed with warm soapy water to wash the surface of the door and the doorframe. Likewise the door furniture, such as the letterbox, door knocker or handles, can all be cleaned with mild detergent and warm soapy water once per month. It is important to note that you cannot use and bleach products or harsh chemicals on the door as they may decrease the paint quality or quality of the surface. Similarly metal polish or wired brushes should never be used to clean or wipe the surface or furniture of the door. Before cleaning the door test the detergent out on a small section of the door or its frame. This way you can be certain that your chosen detergent will work well with your door. Please not that the frames of composite doors may be made from a different material but should be maintained and cleaned in the same way.
Locking mechanism & moving parts:
Mechanical components of your door should be oiled lightly biannually. Locking systems may also be lubricated biannually. You can apply grease to the hooks, deadbolts, face of the latch and side of the rollers. Roller slots should be oiled with general lubricant. The cylinder can be lubricated using spray silicon or a graphite based lubricant twice/once per month.
It is important not to use excessive amounts of lubricant, oil, grease or detergent on the door. No solvent based or abrasive products or cloths should be used on the door. Using these will decrease the quality of the door surface, the door itself and may lead to invalidating your warranty. Where possible you should always use a camel brush or linen cloth to clean your door.