Choosing to fit Double Glazed Windows & Doors
If you are about to start or have already started to look for installers & prices then you should bear in mind a few things before you come to a final decision because it’s not always as easy as you may think to get the right company at the right price to do the work for you.
So as a guide to help you avoid making a costly mistake, here is a general double glazing buyers guide.
Where to go to find an Installer
The first place most people go to is the internet as there is probably the largest collection of companies you can find in one place – this is a good place to start, but can also provide you with too many results. There are broadly 2 types of company that you can deal with:
- National Coverage Installers (big brands, big names)
- Local Installers – covering only an area within several miles of their base.
Both have pro’s & con’s – national branded companies may be more expensive, but have many years of experience and lots of customers, whilst local companies can offer lower prices but may not have the same levels of experience.
Whichever you choose, ask for the following:
- product guarantees
- workmanship warranties
- written quotes (or fixed prices)
- confirm time scales for delivery & installation in writing
- testimonials customers in your area
- details of ongoing customer service
What to look for in an installer
Accreditation is important as it reflects the professionalism of the company & provides a decent level of proof of competence. Not only that, but because some or all of the work will need to meet current building regulations, it is important to use a company that can certify the windows & doors as part of the overall job. Doing this certification yourself can cost time & money.
Trade Bodies – mainly recognised
- GGF – Glass & Glazing Federation
- CERTASS – Certification & Self Assessment
- FENSA – Fenestration Self Assessment
- DGCOS – Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme
- Trustmark (from Certass)
There are other methods of accreditation, but in our opinion, the above represent the core of the Double Glazing Trade Associations.
What to look for in a quote
Always get at least 3 separate written quotations for your work, that detail the exact work being done, how long it will take & when they will commence the work. It should also give details of warranties included.
Quick links to related price guide pages:
- How Much do PVC French Windows & Doors Cost?
- How Much do uPVC Patio Doors Cost?
- How Much do Composite Doors Cost?
- Double glazed windows price guide
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