Buyer’s guide to double glazing
Buying double glazing for your home isn’t a decision to be rushed into or taken lightly. But when the time’s right to replace your old, existing windows with brand new uPVC or aluminium double glazing, having a useful resource to refer to can make the buying process easier and as stress-free as possible.
There’s a lot to think about: from the price to the style of your windows and the type and colour frames you want – and more besides. So we’ve put together a sort of ‘buyer’s guide to double glazing’ to help make sure you get the right information before you buy, so you’ll get the very best results for your home’s double glazing. Here are a few things to consider.
Buy from a trusted double glazing company
After you’ve made the initial decision to have a fully-fitted double glazing installation for your home, buying from an established, respected, and trusted supplier should be your main priority.
Often, double glazing companies will be referred to you by friends or family whose opinion you trust. That’s a good first step as there’s proof of a professional job attached to their recommendation and you’ll be able to see the quality of their workmanship first hand. But you should also take the time to do your own research into any company you find or is recommended to you.
Check whether the company is good enough for your double glazing project and that you’re comfortable having them in your home. Look into how long they’ve been established, how good their reputation is, what their professional accreditations are, and what their standards are like.
Look for good customer service
A reputable company will always provide good, personal customer service throughout the process – from your initial enquiry to your double glazing’s installation, so check your company’s credentials. In the early stages, you shouldn’t be pressured into making a quick decision on the spot when it comes to pricing – if that happens, alarm bells should be ringing.
Once the process is underway, you should be appointed a dedicated project manager as your single point of contact. Making sure the project is running smoothly, they’ll keep you updated on every aspect of the installation and answer any questions. And don’t forget the installation aftercare service to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with your double glazing.
Choose your double glazing style
Choosing the right double glazing is one of the biggest considerations for any home, so allow good time to think about your choice. The windows should suit your tastes, but also match your home’s architectural style. Standard window styles can include: casement, sash, bay, and tilt & turn windows, but you have a choice of coloured uPVC or aluminium frames to consider too.
Also, think about whether some or all of your windows need to open, the security and lock options, the type of window furniture you prefer, or even if you want a statement window. Can your supplier meet your requirements?
Check the double glazing’s energy rating
Double glazing reduces the amount of heat lost through your windows to make it more energy-efficient. To be effective, every double glazed window has a Window Energy Rating (WER) verified by the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC).
Running between A and G – with A being the most efficient – Plus (+) and Minus (-) ratings can also be awarded to each letter, with A++ being the highest achievable rating. Choosing the highest rated windows your budget allows means you’ll spend less on your bills. Are you able to get the maximum window efficiency from your supplier?
Find out about finance options
Installing double glazed windows throughout your home is a major financial investment, so see what your chosen double glazing company’s payment methods are. Alongside many who will accept credit and debit card payments, find out if they offer any finance packages or flexible payment options which could help spread the cost.
If they offer finance, that means credit is involved. If that option suits you, as part of your research, make sure they’re authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) so you’re protected if anything goes wrong.
Is there a guarantee on the double glazing?
Something professional double glazing companies should always offer is a guarantee on the products they manufacture and/or supply. The length of guarantee can differ from company to company, but you should look for a guarantee of at least 10-years on your double glazed windows.
Though both uPVC and aluminium double glazing have a long life expectancy, sometimes an issue can occur. Having a long guarantee means, should something happen, your windows are covered and the company will supply any replacements without further cost to you. Also, don’t forget to check what’s excluded from any guarantee – not all damage might be covered.
Say no to third party double glazing installers
Some double glazing companies will outsource their window installations – sometimes without telling you. This means you’d be dealing with a third party installer – or subcontractor – who you know nothing about and who might not know the ins and outs of your window choices or any special requirements.
Trusted double glazing companies will have an experienced team of their own professional installers to carry out all the installation work. Choosing a company like this makes the whole process much smoother as you’ll only be dealing with one company and their installers will deliver quality workmanship – which is guaranteed.
Choose well, choose Majestic
Getting as much information as you can about your double glazing beforehand and preparing yourself will make choosing your supplier – and the whole process – a lot easier. It will also help you make the right decisions and not get taken advantage of by untrustworthy suppliers.
While this guide is not an exhaustive list of things to look out for, your chosen supplier should be happy to answer any of your questions and offer any information you need to help you. At Majestic Designs, we’re pleased to confirm that we tick all these boxes – and more.
We have over 18 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing uPVC and aluminium double glazing. Together with a wealth of customer testimonials and case studies, we have over 2,200 independent reviews on fairtrades.co.uk that have earned us a 9.5/10 rating in customer satisfaction.
And we have our own expert installation team making homes safer, warmer, and more energy-efficient across Somerset and the whole of the South West.
For more information on our double glazing services and to ask us anything, get in touch with our Majestic Designs Customer Service team through our contact form or call us on 01934 741 294 today.