Double glazing, like central heating, a refrigerator and an indoor bathroom, is one of those things that houses simply have to have these days. But whether your double glazing is failing, or you decide to have it replaced because your existing windows are looking cheap and nasty, or just past their best, there’s a minefield out there for the unwary.
Good double glazing looks the part, saves money on your heating bills, stops draughts, increases security and uses top notch technological know-how.
Bad double glazing is the stuff of nightmares: pushy salesman, cowboy builders, overcharged clients and loan shark rates of interest on repayments.
Which would you choose? And how do you make the right choice?
Fortunately, there are many articles out there advising the best points to look out for when considering a double glazing provider. Many negative things are said about the internet, but it does allow all types of businesses an equal online footing. Yours to judge whether a site full of spelling errors and sloppy formatting will provide the best double glazing fitting service out there.
Other approaches to consider include:
- Conducting a simple online search for ‘choosing a reputable double glazing company’ and a spot of light reading of the top articles listed.
- Using a quote requesting site such as Forget the Salesman so that local firms can give you a quote for the work. Enter your name, phone number and email; within a few minutes you will receive a call from one of the broker’s call handlers to confirm the exact information. They will then pass the details on to local firms who will quickly get in touch with quotes.
- Using a comparison site like CompareCompanies, just as many people do when looking to change their insurance or utility provider.
- Asking your neighbours if they have recently had their double glazing replaced, and if so, the name of the firm they used. Word of mouth advertising is beloved of many companies because it’s repeat business for little effort. Some places will even reward the recommending customer as well as the new client, so it could be a win-win situation for everyone.
- Considering the big names. Yes, they may not be the cheapest, but longevity is also a good indicator of quality. Companies such as Anglian Home are well known, not just for replacement windows, but also associated services such as conservatory building and double glazing installation. With almost 50 years of experience, they have a solid reputation to defend.
- Checking whether any company you are considering is FENSA or Certass All reputable double glazing installation companies should be members of one or the other association.
Even if you are not planning on having your double glazing replaced straight away, it is handy to know approximate costs for these eventualities. If you are planning on saving up or taking out a loan to pay for the work, you will need to know your budget, for starters. If damaged windows or double glazing could result in an insurance claim, then you will have an idea of whether it is easier to claim and risk paying higher premiums or simpler to find a double glazing installation company yourself to carry out the work.