Britain has for many decades had a weird kind of affinity with the double glazing salesperson. Ever since the 1980 when the technology first started to make its way out in a generally affordable and accessible sense, UK homeowners are bombarded with slogans and calls-to-action on a pretty relentless basis. Of course, the benefits of double glazing demand no real explanation as they’re common knowledge to most people these days. However, even so many years down the line there’s still one huge question that plagues those on the lookout for new windows and doors:
Which supplier should I go with?
The Internet has made it possible for a thousand and one newcomers to open their doors and begin selling their services across the UK. As such, there are such vast numbers of double glazing suppliers on the market it’s largely impossible to make a random selection and know you’ve made the right move. Instead, it takes a little more proactivity and savvy to make the right choice.
So whether you’re on the lookout for classic double glazed sash windows of contemporary aluminium frames, the following tips could certainly help:
1 – Installer Experience
It’s all well and good for them to sell quality products at great prices, but what about the skills and experience of the team that will be fitting them to the home? This makes a huge difference as there’s no real benefit in investing in the best only for it to then be installed by amateurs who either leave the job half done or produce wholly inadequate results. Look for evidence of experience and pedigree before making any commitments.
2 – Business Background
While many of the UK’s glazing services have only just started operating, there are those that have been in business for decades – sometimes even longer. When looking for a supplier to take control of a large scale project around the home like this, nothing brings peace of mind more than knowing that they’ve been doing what they do for long enough to know how to do it better than anyone else out there. Again, industry experience speaks volumes and established names are generally the safest bets.
3 – Cheap Isn’t Necessarily Cheerful
Quality windows and doors don’t come free – never have and never will. When it comes to the industry’s finest quality products and the service packages surrounding them, there’s something of an average price that can be expected in accordance with the nature of the job and the area in which it is carried out. From time to time, a deal will pop up that claims to deliver the same windows and same service package for around half the price everyone else is charging. Too good to be true?Almost certainly yes. There’s never any sense in overpaying, but to underpay by a significant margin is to run the risk of poor quality products, amateurish installation or a job abandoned half-way with no sign of a refund.
4 – Go Local
For a myriad of reasons, it’s also a good idea to choose a service provider based as close as possible to the property itself. Primarily for logistical reasons of course as the closer you are to their base of operations, the less chance there is of them getting held up along the way or missing scheduled services. What’s more, local businesses are inherently pre-programmed to look after local residents with the utmost care – it’s just the way things go down in Great Britain!
5 – Consult Feedback
Any glazing company that’s carried out more than a handful of jobs should have a strong archive of feedback from past and present clients. There’s really no better way of gaining a real-life look into the way the provider performs than by reading the reviews and testimonials submitted by other customers with nothing to gain from fabricating the truth. Feedback should of course be positive, but at the same time believable and traceable if necessary. And just for the record while on the subject, no feedback at all or feedback that’s kept hidden by the provider is in fact worse than negative feedback on-show.
6 – Guarantees
Last but not least, there’s technically nothing to worry about at all when siding with any given company just as long as there are rock-solid guarantees laid out in writing. These should cover everything from the price you pay to the service you receive and the final result as a whole – anything you are not happy with you should not have to pay for. All reputable glazing companies these days offer an abundance of guarantees as standard, therefore those operating to the contrary deserve to be looked at with a scepticism.