There’s a common misconception amongst homeowners that replacement double glazing is the same across the board and whichever window unit you pick it’ll do the same job.
With double glazing companies not having the best of reputations around the country because of select cowboys and rogue traders giving the industry a bad name, much of the advertising focuses on generating and strengthening trust.
As a consequence little seems to be done to educate the consumer in the many different types of replacement double glazing, instead leaving them with the idea all double glazed units provide the same benefits.
The fact is there are various manufacturers and replacement double glazing installers and each property is different. This means the effectiveness of certain glazing will differ, with factors such as the frame material, spacer size and gas used coming into play.
The UK is recovering from one of the wettest, longest and coldest winters in recent years and with energy bills on the rise, insulation such as double glazing has become of paramount importance. Because of this people are not only looking to ensure their homes are weatherproof and energy efficient, but any property they consider buying is too.
As such, the installation or replacement of double glazed windows has become a priority for many. However, this lack of education in the different types could mean homeowners are not getting the most from an installation and missing out on full energy saving potential.
One of the most effective ways for homeowners to be sure of great replacement double glazing is through the use of a FENSA registered installer. FENSA is a regulatory body that ensures double glazing meets a certain standard. By choosing an installer registered with FENSA you’ll also receive greater protection in the purchase.
Double glazing specialist Dave Pearson said: “Homeowners do of course expect all double glazing to provide more or less the same benefits such as making the house warmer, reducing draughts, stopping noise from the outside street and helping to save money on heating bills over time.
“Yes the vast majority of UK windows and doors are covered by FENSA but, there is always the chance that some owners could buy from a company who for whatever reason does not install the windows well. This of course means that even though they now have double glazing they may still have draughts and other problems. Not all double glazing companies or double glazing are exactly the same.”
For homeowners seeking a replacement double glazing installer it’s important to use FENSA registered companies. Using a company with a good reputation in the area is also another way of ensuring a correct installation. On top of this you can ask around, find others who have used the same company and will vouch for their reputability.
Dave mentions that with double glazing companies it’s wise to find those who offer no obligation quotations and stay clear of pushy salesmen. Insurance backed guarantees are another sign of a good company he says.
He said: “Homeowners need a good degree of protection plus they need to find a double glazing company who can essentially do a great job, provide great service, and provide good value for money.”
Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share
- Replacing your inefficient windows with double glazing will help you save up to £200 a year on expensive household bills.
- Installing double glazing is an environmentally friendly option, slashing carbon by 680kg annually.
- As well as a monetary saving, double glazing will cut condensation and reduce noise pollution.
- Switching your old windows will boost your property’s EPC rating and make your home a more attractive buy in the market.
- For homes in Conservation Areas, consider secondary glazing to make energy savings when double glazing isn’t permitted.
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