How Do I Choose a Double Glazing Company?
As a homeowner, one of the best investments you can make when upgrading your older-style windows is opting for modern double glazing. Whatever the age or aesthetic of your home, double glazing insulates your home from the effects of adverse weather and keeps your family warm and dry. This is especially important in the UK where dark, wet winters can wreak havoc on poorly insulated homes.
If you’re about to invest in new windows, doors or a conservatory, you’re probably doing a lot of research to find the right company to carry out the work. The company you choose will be responsible for improvements to what’s likely to be your biggest asset – your home. As a result, it’s vital you make the right decision.
So what is double glazing? And how can you choose the very best double glazing company for your next project?
What is double glazing?
Double glazing is the term used to describe a type of window where two panes of glass are sealed in the frame. Double-glazed windows are engineered with a small gap between the two panes of glass – this gap is filled with argon gas, which helps to insulate your home by preventing heat loss through your windows.
Double-glazed windows can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency ratings and thermal retention of your property. If you live on a busy road, they can also insulate your home from noise pollution, meaning your property will be warm, dry, comfortable and quiet all year round.
Double glazing can be combined with your choice of uPVC or aluminium. Both materials are resilient with a long life span and, when engineered correctly, boast high energy efficiency and security ratings.
uPVC double glazing
The most common type of double-glazed windows you’ll see are engineered from uPVC. uPVC windows are incredibly durable, with a long life span of at least two decades. Cost-effective and low-maintenance, windows manufactured with uPVC are built with security, energy efficiency and resilience in mind, and are available in a range of colours and styles.
Aluminium double glazing
Gone are the days when aluminium windows were manufactured with thick, unsightly frames. Modern aluminium windows are lightweight, durable and stylish, combining slim, contemporary lines with contemporary conveniences including high thermal retention ratings and heightened security.
uPVC vs Aluminium
When deciding between uPVC and aluminium, the decision comes down to your budget, personal preferences and of course, the unique aesthetics of your home. uPVC can make an excellent replacement for historic sensitive renovation projects. This is in contrast to the slim frames and expansive panes of uninterrupted glass of aluminium windows, which are ideal for more contemporary builds. However, at the end of the day, both materials are suitable for modern and traditional homes alike.
Choosing a double glazing company
When upgrading your windows with double glazing, the most important decision you will make throughout the process is which window company to partner with. Here are a few things you should consider when choosing a double-glazing company…
Choose a reputable company
When choosing a double-glazing company, it’s important to do your due diligence. You need to make sure you’re partnering with a professional, reputable business.
There are a few basic checks you can do when assessing a double-glazing company. For starters, they should be a FENSA-registered company. FENSA is a government-authorised scheme that monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors. Every FENSA Approved Installer is assessed regularly to ensure its standards are continually maintained.
Another good indicator is TrustMark accreditation. TrustMark registered businesses are thoroughly vetted to meet government-endorsed standards. They also make a considerable commitment to good customer service, technical competence and trading practices.
Choose a supplier with a fully employed installation team
A reputable window company will employ their own installation team. Other companies, such as Majestic Designs, will also engineer their own products, meaning their windows will be subject to rigorous quality control and testing. As a result, choosing a company with its own fully employed, in-house installation team that manufactures and supplies its own range of products will result in a higher level of service and a better, more successful end to your renovation project.
Choose a company local to you
Lastly, it’s important to choose a double glazing company local to your home. Although it may be tempting to choose a larger organisation, partnering with a local company can come with many benefits for both you and your home. A local company will have an in-depth knowledge of your community and neighbourhood, meaning they’ll be able to offer more bespoke guidance when it comes to choosing the style and colour of your products.
Double glazing at Majestic Designs
If you’re about to invest in double glazing for your home. you’re probably doing a lot of research to find the right double-glazing company to carry out the work. Ultimately, if you do your due diligence and carry out just a few basic checks, you should be in safe hands. It’s important to always trust your gut instincts. Speak to the company on the phone, visit their showroom or book an appointment for them to visit you at home. You’ll soon get a feel for whether you trust them with your home.
For more than 21 years, the team at Majestic Designs has engineered high-quality, bespoke double glazing right here in Cheddar in our state-of-the-art factories. Our double-glazed windows boast an A+14 energy efficiency rating across our range, pairing exceptional energy efficiency, security and undeniable style for our customers. With a 10-year guarantee, you can rest assured your property will be kept sealed and secure from the elements for years to come.
We’re a family-run business too, which we think gives us something extra-special. It seems customers agree too – we currently hold a 9.48 out of 10 on Trustmark from more than 3200 independent reviews!
If you would like any more information about double glazing and the benefits it could bring to your home, then contact the team at Majestic Designs today.