Top Tips For Choosing A Reputable Double Glazing Company
When you are choosing a double glazing company to install new windows or doors you want to be certain you are dealing with a reputable company. Not all double glazing companies are the same! And statics show that less that 65% of double glazing outfits are members of FENSA.
We strongly advise that you make sure the company you choose is a member of a professional and government recognized organisation, a double glazing company that is part of FENSA or another professional outfit like Planitherm or the BFRC shows and reassures the general public they are dealing with a professional and reputable company from the outset.
• What is FENSA?
FENSA was set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation to protect people from the ‘cowboy builders’ out there. Companies that are part of the federation have to pass certain assessment’s to qualify as a trading member. These companies will also be complying with building regulations and will automatically register your newly installed products with the local authorities.
You can have total peace of mind that a double glazing who is a member of this organisation will deliver a quality product as well as good customer service.
Although not compulsory companies that do a show kitemarks on their products are displaying that their products are approved by industry organisation’s such as the BBA, BSI and ISO. By installing a quality approved product into your home it ensures in time to come you will not be regretting your purchase as the product will have longevity and add value to your property.
• Energy Rated Labels (BFRC Window Energy Rating Scheme)
This scheme sets the highest standard for rating a windows performance. Just like the rating labels for home goods like fridges and freezers, good quality windows come with energy rated labels.
Installing energy rated windows means you won’t be throwing money out the window, each window will help reduce your heating bills and save energy. Buy the best energy rating window you can afford you will see the savings in the long run with reduced energy bills.
The windows will come with a unique label displaying the rating information and the company’s name. If the companies name is not on the label they are NOT part of the scheme.
• Experienced and Established
Look for a company that has been established for a reasonable amount of time. This way you will be dealing with a company that has stayed the test of time showing they have either had a mixture of repeat customers, referrals and new business to stay successfully trading.
A company that has been trading for a reasonable amount of time has made their mark in the market place building up a good reputation for delivering a good service. Having a good knowledge of manufacturing and installations represents a company that has experience and know how.
• Good Customer Service
Don’t just take their word for it, that they are going to do a great job! Check out testimonials from past customers, this way you will be able to access the level of customer’s service, quality of the products and the overall end job from people who have already dealt with the company.
• Quality of Security
It is very important that the windows and doors installed meet the requirements set by The British Standards Institute, make sure you check for accreditation’s. The windows and doors play are large part in the security of your property therefore the locking systems need to be of the highest standard.
It is wise to choose a company that will guarantee the products they install. If in time you unfortunately have an issue with your product the guarantee will cover any repairs that need to be carried out to fix the problem. A good double glazing company usually provides a 10 year warranty.
Do your research look around and obtain at least 3 quotes to compare the pricing and service. Although pricing is important remember you do get what you pay for. Buy the best windows you can afford the benefits of buying the best will pay for themselves in the future. Don’t compromise on quality, good service and expertise for the sake of saving a few pounds.