With double glazing we’re quite fortunate in the fact there’s a few options to choose from. The problem though, is because of the variety of windows available to you, where’s the best place to start? Not only do you want quality windows, but also a trusted company to fit them for you.
There are a number of factors that’ll constitute as good double glazing and opinions will vary across the industry. It’s rare that a company will knowingly sell or promote poor windows and instead they often believe theirs are the best on the market.
But there are some things you can look out for when investing in good double glazing. First of all you want to find a reputable company. By this, we mean a company that has been trading for quite some time, offers a guarantee on your windows and is regulated by an industry body.
There are two chief industry regulators to know about – Certass and Fensa. Make sure any company you do business with is registered to either of these.
Whether or not you choose a national supplier of local company is down to you (provided they meet the criteria above). As a rule of thumb, national suppliers charge premium prices so you’re likely to get a better deal with a company down the road. Just be sure they’ve been in business for some time now. Remember, if they go bust, your guarantee is worthless. Choosing a national doesn’t ensure this is safe though as any business can go into liquidation.
Next up you’ll want to think about the windows. One of the main benefits of double glazing is its energy efficiency, so this should be your first port of call. Energy ratings range from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), so if you can get A or B rated windows, you’re laughing.
Some companies will even offer energy efficient glass, which aids further in insulating your home. The glass will be slightly tinted, allowing natural light inside but reducing the amount that can then escape.
With the glass sorted, you’re next job is to decide on the frames. Popularly, uPVC is a household favourite. It’s the cheapest option, but just because of the price it doesn’t mean it skimps on quality. Instead, it’s a durable, hardwearing and weather resistant structure that’s available in a range of excellent colours.
Aluminium and hardwood frames are available too, but have their setbacks. Hardwood frames require more maintenance to keep the stunning appeal, whilst although aluminium frames are the strongest choice, they are a lot more expensive.
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