Double glazing reduces heat loss through windows. You can save money on your heating bills. However, it will take a long time before you save enough money equal to the cost of windows. If you can not afford to replace all your windows, choose the ones that cost you the most money.
Double glazed windows come in a variety of sizes and styles. Check the planning restrictions on your home due to age and location. Sometimes planning permission may be required for listed buildings and conservation areas. Also, if you convert a flat window into a bay window. Check this with the local authority.
Do not rely on yellow pages or advertisements to choose a provider. No matter who can place an ad, join a trade or display badges to which he is not entitled.
Always use a reputable company that you have independently verified. Do not rely on the fact that you have heard from them, as even some of the biggest advertisers have had multiple incarnations. It is very easy in Britain to close a business and reopen under a similar name.
A 10% deposit is normal. A larger one is only appropriate if the job is tailor-made & # 39; – such as unique wooden window designs. Try to pay in stages based on work done, and withhold the final payment until the job is done to your satisfaction. Do not go for the cheapest quote. There is a price point below which you will buy garbage. Do not try to lower the price too much. Less professional suppliers will agree, but will sell you later. Get the best you can afford. Ask your supplier how long the delivery will be. Have it stamped on your contract. Also, ask for an estimate of how long it will take to finish once on site.
Always pay deposits by credit card, as this will give you some level of protection under the Consumer Credit Act. If the company accepts credit cards for the whole job, it's even better. You have 30 days to make a claim with your credit card company. You must show how they gave you bad goods or the workmanship, that is, that they contracted to give you X and you brave Y instead.
Check, verify and get independent advice on the contract before signing it, as some contracts are significantly more expensive than others.
The best way to avoid the traps of the sellers is to be sure of what you want before the seller arrives. Present your needs to him and use it as a currency. Get a specific quote against a specific set of requirements. Then you can be certain to get quotes in the identical. Ask if your chosen double glazing installer is a member of the Glass and Glazing Federation, check FENSA accreditation and make sure all products carry the standard kite safety mark.
The company's checks to make:
How long have they been in business?
Check with Companies House.
What guarantees do they offer?
Are they covered by insurance, for life or limited, are they transferable?
Membership in independent or paying organizations.
These could include:
GGF – Glass and Icing Federation
GMP – British Plastics Federation.
BKF – Federation of Master Builders
Consumer Protection Association
Master Crafts Guild
EBC – European Confederation of Builders
Third party liability insurance.
Are erectors and the company covered if something goes wrong? You should look for at least 2 million pounds of coverage and check that the certification covers the people who actually do the work.
Product Standards to be Checked:
BSI – British Standards (Trademarks), for Locking, Safety, Safety, Product, Glass, etc.
BBA – British Board of Agrement
FENSA – Document L of Building Regulations.
You should establish a comparison checklist and confirm all claims regardless of any sales claim or documentation. * Good * entrepreneurs get work by word of mouth recommendations from previous clients. They have a lot of work to do to keep going, and it is worthwhile to wait a few months.
The bad ones do too much work at a time, move workers from one site to another, do not supervise them properly, and then do bad work.
Ask yourself: Have I been given:
1. Complete and honest information.
3. Installations to look at locally
5. The small print
6. Deposit Levels and Acceptable Conditions of Payment
7. Complete drawings and specifications (if you have not prepared them first).
8. It's time to think!