Choosing double glazing companies

If your windows are single glazed, mouldy, damaged, letting in cold air or allowing your heating to escape, new double glazed windows can deliver huge benefits to your everyday life. But which window installer or double glazing companies is best for the job in 2021?

Replacing windows in your home is a fantastic way to upgrade your home’s curb appeal, your everyday comfort, reduce unwanted noise from the outside and can also deliver energy savings by lowering heat loss and getting rid of draughts.

New double glazing windows should last around 20 years (on average) before you need to think about replacing them again. However, if they are poorly installed windows can develop problems and their lifespan shortens significantly, so it’s really important you use only the best window installer. Here’s how to find them…

Always Find & Compare Multiple Quotes

At Smart Home Improvement People, we highly recommend obtaining at least 4 quotes from different window companies. You can do this really easily by putting in a double glazing enquiry. We will get you in touch with up to 4 local window installers who will visit your home to discuss what type of new windows you’re looking for. And to provide you with a no-obligation quote for the work your looking to get done.

How Experienced is the Window Installer?

When it comes to choosing a window installer the more experience they have the better. That’s why it’s a very good idea to do some research into how long the installer has been in business for and how much experience they have installing windows. They should also be registered with either FENSA or CERTASS which recognise competent tradespeople.

Company websites are a good place to start when looking for reviews and testimonials, as is this website. Windows Guide operates a service which allows our customers to rate and review our window installers and leave genuine feedback. Using the genuine verified customer reviews and ratings on Windows Guide is a great way to identify trustworthy companies.

When you’re considering quotes you can also ask to see photos of previous installations they’ve carried out or, even better, visit a couple of local sites they’ve worked on to make sure the finished standard is of a high quality.

How Long is the Warranty?

Any reputable window company should offer you a warranty with the work they carry out. Which will protect you from any further expense of having to get your windows repaired during your warranty period. The warranty usually won’t include the usual wear and tear, or damage that results from mishandling or modifications.

The length of warranty on offer is a very good way to judge the quality of the windows themselves. Most national window installation companies provide warranties of 10 years. Which should provide you with real peace of mind that you’ve made a sound investment.

Local vs National Window Installers?

At Smart Home Improvement People we work with both independent local double glazing companies. As well as the large national companies so we can you every option that is available. There are obviously positives and negatives to both options and it will always come down to your personal preference.

Most people prefer to use local companies as they can offer a more personal, bespoke service, i.e. you’ll be dealing with the same people from start to finish rather than call centres. Local window companies do have a tendency to have cheaper window prices than national companies. This is because small companies don’t have the same kind of over heads that the national companies do have. They will normally get the bulk of there customers from word of mouth. While you will end up paying a national company more money for your replacement windows, they do often run promotional offers and some homeowners prefer the security of using a big brand.

Whether you choose to go local or national, make sure they are either FENSA or CERTASS certified. This ensures that they comply with the Government’s and local building regulations.

Window Replacement Costs

Installing double glazing with new uPVC windows throughout an average 3 bedroom house could cost between £3,000 to £5,000.

However, it’s difficult to estimate the cost of double glazing an entire home as it will depend how many windows you need. What size they are, the type of glazing, frames and style of window you choose. All your options come with different price tags. For accurate prices you can contact us.