Five things to consider when replacing your windows
Are you considering double glazing? When you’re making an investment in energy efficiency and increased comfort for your home, it pays to make the right choices. These are the five questions you need to ask to get the best deal on your double glazing.
1. Can I install double glazing?
If you live in a modern property this won’t be an issue. But if you live in a listed property then you probably won’t be able to replace historic glazing with modern double glazed units. If you live in a conservation area, you may be able to install double glazing but only with planning permission.
2. What style should I choose?
This is very much down to personal taste and the look of your property. Obviously, the higher the energy efficiency rating the better the performance and A++ windows are available with aluminium, uPVC or wooden frames. Timber frames have a low environmental impact but are high maintenance, while uPVC are easy to maintain but not the most sustainable choice. For pure aesthetics you might prefer slimline aluminium glazing.
3. How safe and secure will my windows be?
Building regulations apply to all new double glazed units – https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/14/doors_and_windows/2. That means windows Tewkesbury homeowners choose must conform to fire safety regulations and offer a means of escape through a specific egress window. Check with your installers about other safety and security features that may not have been discussed when you got your initial quote.
4. How do I find the right installers?
The right company can be critical in making the process of replacing your windows flawless. Ask friends and family for recommendations and check that any company you use has established premises and offers exceptional customer service. They should be more than happy to share examples of their work and customer testimonials on request. A local company like www.firmfix.co.uk/windows who have been independently assessed and offer a range of accreditation are a smart choice.
5. Am I getting the best deal?
Cost is one of the primary factors when considering replacement windows and you want to know you’re getting the best deal for your budget. Always get three quotes for the work and then ask for a detailed description in writing when you make your choice. A reputable company will also offer a payment plan to spread the cost.