Hints & Tips

Useful hints and tips for buying double glazing and uPVC

Buying double glazed windows and doors can be very daunting, especially for first time buyers. In order to help you make important decisions, we have provided a few tips and hints that will hopefully help you make the right decision for both you and your property.

Double glazing and uPVC tips for buyers

  • Firstly, decide what you want. If you live in a conservation area or a listed building, you may be restricted in what style or colour you can have, in some instances you may also need planning permission. You can check this by calling your local authority.
  • Make sure you have adequate numbers of opening windows: the fewer openers, the cheaper the window. Badly designed, inappropriate windows can turn out to be a very bad investment, and even lower the value of your property and your energy efficiency rating.
  • When choosing a company it is always nice to have a recommendation from a family or friend. If not then we would advice you to use local firms that you can go and visit. It is always best to check that they have a business address and how long they have been trading.
  • Once you have made an appointment for a representative to call look out for the following:
  • Are they punctual?
  • Do they know their product?

The average assessment should only take about 45 minutes. Be aware that companies taking longer than this often stay longer in the hope that you will sign a contract whilst they are there.

It may seem obvious, but don’t accept the first price you are quoted. If you have the time, try and obtain at least two or three estimates and visit a showroom.

Once you have your quotations, make sure that when you are comparing products they are of the same quality. Check what type of locks and security features are being fitted to your windows.

Most modern double-glazing and UPVC windows have multi-point espagnolette type locking mechanisms. It is important to check that they have a BSI number.

We would advise you not go for the cheapest quotation. Companies will often compromise on quality and installation to ensure they still make a profit. We would advise our customers to opt for the quotation they can afford. Be careful not to try and reduce the price to much, as some firms will just try to sell you short later.

Be aware of the following ‘offers’:

  • Interest free credit – you may well be paying more for the product to cover the interest.
  • Show house discount – any double-glazing company who keep their customers happy can use their houses to show potential customers their work.
  • Free door with every 5 windows – you will just pay more for the windows to cover the price of the door.