One of the most common questions asked by homeowners interested in double glazing, is whether or not they’re paying the right price. What’s important to remember though is that there are no Government regulations for setting the price – it’s all down the company and how much they want to charge.
This means it’s sensible to compare quotes from different companies to find those which are too expensive and overcharging. That’s easy right – just choose the cheapest quote. But actually you don’t always want to be doing this either. Why are they the cheapest? Is it the materials or the quality of their work that’s bringing down the price?
Some double glazing companies employ salespeople who can close out a sale on the spot. They want to visit your home and get you to sign the dotted line without speaking with any other companies or having a chance to compare.
Unfortunately, because of targets and commission based pay, it’s common for salespeople to overstay their welcome as they try to throttle you into signing up.
This is where the big difference lies between the companies you can and can’t trust. Reputable salesmen and companies will want to educate you and show you the choices at your disposal. Afterwards they’ll even go away to give you an opportunity to think about it and make a decision.
So how about the price of double glazing? Well, prices vary significantly as shown by a recent survey. Some of the prices seem too low for the company to be making a profit, whilst others are absurdly high.
See the eight questions, with the highest, lowest and average price answered across 31 different companies.
Question 1: What was the price of the last ‘standard’ composite door you sold? (900×2100, normal range of colours, normal glass, no top lights or side lights).
Average: £954 Highest: £ 1,400 Lowest: £400 Difference: £1,000
Question 2: What was the price of the last ‘standard’ PVC panel door you sold? (900×2100, white in colour, standard glass, no top lights or side lights).
Average: £650 Highest: £1,000 Lowest: £200 Difference: £800
Question 3: What was the price of the last ‘average’ sized conservatory you quoted? (4m x 3m white frames including base work and dwarf walls)
Average: £11,231 Highest: £15,779 Lowest: £4,500 Difference: £11,279
Question 4: What was the price of a full house of 8 windows and 2 doors, based on white windows and standard composite/PVCu door.
Average: £4,902 Highest: £8,500 Lowest: £3,100 Difference: £5,400
Question 5: What was the price of a full house of 8 windows and 2 doors, based on wood grain foiled PVCu & wood grained composite/PVCu door.
Average: £6,129 Highest: £10,000 Lowest: £3,650 Difference: £6,350
Question 6: What was the price of PVCu Bi-folding doors, (2100mm wide to 3000mm wide, any finish white, woodgrain, foiled, coloured).
Average: £2,698 Highest: £4,450 Lowest: £1,100 Difference: £3,350
Question 7: 8 white windows no doors?
Average: £3,417 Highest: £5,500 Lowest: £1,999 Difference: £3,501
Question 8: What was the price of 8 foiled or wood grained windows, no doors?
Average: £4,109 Highest: £6,700 Lowest: £1,999 Difference: £4,701
Just from these results you can see straight away that there are no standard prices you can expect to pay. In fact, prices seem to vary thousands of pounds. Remember, the cheapest price is cheap for a reason, whilst the most expensive isn’t necessarily the best.
So where do you go from here? Decide what windows you want in your home and get some companies to quote you for the work. Compare the offers like-for-like so you know absolutely everything that’s being offered.
Never be rushed into signing anything, especially if you’re uncertain. Take your time and make the right decision.
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