Some of our most frequently asked questions specifically about uPVC and composite doors, answered by Holly

Hello! My name’s Holly and my Dad runs Ideal Window Solutions; your favourite local window, door and conservatory specialists. Based in Fareham, Chichester and Southampton, amongst a varied collection of quality home improvement products, they expertly supply a range of high performance uPVC, aluminium, composite, timber and fire doors throughout Hampshire, West Sussex and the surrounding area.

Double glazed doors have so many amazing benefits, so I’m sure you’re interested in all the great offers and services Dad can provide. Double glazing is a big part of our lives – I’ve become quite the expert myself! So, I’ve taken the time to answer a range of questions specifically on doors that we get asked a lot. If you need to know more, just get in touch!


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Oak effect aluminium entrance door

How much does a door cost?

Every door installation is custom-made to accommodate your home and its specific needs - therefore, you won’t find any prices on our website as our door prices are completely bespoke to your project.

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Do you need planning permission for replacement doors in a conservation area?

Unless your property is listed or covered by an Article 4 Direction, you shouldn’t need to apply for planning permission to make minor improvements to your doors. However, it's likely you will need planning permission if you're building something new, changing the use of the building (e.g., from commercial to residential), moving the position of a door, or if it’s a leasehold property.

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composite door and white frames on blue building
energy rating chart

What makes a door energy efficient?

When purchasing a new door, always look out for the rainbow Door Energy Rating label (similar to those found on household appliances). Rated from A to E, A being the most efficient, to comply with current Building Regulations new doors require a U-value of 1.8 W/m²K or a Door Energy Rating of E (or less).

Do you repair double glazed doors?

Yes! We regularly repair uPVC double glazed doors across Hampshire and West Sussex. Even better, once the work is complete, we will guarantee the repair work for 10 years. So if you're uPVC door wont shut properly then don't hesitate to get in touch with a member our of team.

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Ideal Window Solutions showroom

Can I view a range of door products at a local showroom?

Yes! Dad has two extensive showrooms based in Fareham and Chichester, where you can view the full range of uPVC, aluminium, composite, and timber door products at your leisure. They’re open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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Our latest reviews

Replacement windows and door

The team arrived promptly. Work was done efficiently and on time. They cleaned and tidied up after the job was completed. We are very pleased with the results and would highly recommend them

10 /10


Very satisfactory work. Measurer and fitter very efficient, professional and friendly.

10 /10


Highly experienced and skilled operatives. Prompt arrival and left the site clean and tidy. Courteous and respected the Government restrictions at all times. Have used this Company before for other conservatory work and would use again if required.

10 /10

Replacement Glazing

Very impressed with all aspects of contract during these difficult times. Fitters were fully compliant with covid rules. Will thoroughly recommend them

10 /10


Excellent company. From first contact with their Sales, it has been easy going and painless. Fitters have done a fantastic job throughout, the quality of their workmanship is commendable. Would highly recommend this company to anyone.

10 /10

First class

The quality of the product and workmanship is of the highest quality. Well done Ideal Window Solutions Ltd. First class.

10 /10

Job was perfect

Everything about the two men who came was superb. They were punctual, friendly and experienced. Their workmanship was excellent. Their finished job was perfect. I would highly recommend them.

10 /10

Informative & professional

This is the second time we have used this firm. As before, they were informative and professional from start to finish. Prompt, tidy and thorough always.

10 /10

Would not go anywhere else

Brilliant. No fuss . No drama. Done in a couple of hours. Very pleased. Fourth door I have had fitted by this company. Would not go anywhere else. SFK. Alec lovely guy. Kind and respectful.

10 /10

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