Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Buyers Tips for Replacement Windows and Double Glazing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Buyers Tips for Replacement Windows and Double Glazing

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Replacing windows on your property can change the visual appearance of your home considerably. You should choose a style that matches your property and enhances its looks. This is particularly important with PVCu and Aluminium designs when they are fitted to older properties. It's a good idea to look at properties similar to yours in the area and compare the effect of various replacement window types. It is also a good idea to make sure you have adequate numbers of opening windows. It's been known for some sales people to promote designs with very few openings and of a very simple nature. The simpler the design and the fewer the openings - the 'cheaper' the window. Whilst you may end up with a price you like it's more likely you will regret this option in the end - especially as badly designed windows can turn out to be a very bad investment and even lower the value of a property. We have known of buyers of properties negotiating a reduced price for a property just because of this. What's even sadder is that the seller had only'replaced' these windows a few years earlier.

Sometimes (but rarely) planning permission maybe required in order to fit replacement windows. This is particularly the case in 'listed buildings' and 'conservation areas'. Also if you are 'converting' a flat window into a 'bow' or 'bay' window you may need planning permission. It's a good idea to always check this yourself with the local authority.

Don't accept the first price you are quoted. Get at least two - three estimates if you have the time. Research all of the alternatives in terms of product and style.

Most companies will require a deposit with order. Try and make the deposit as low a percentage as possible - generally speaking 10% is normal. Avoid paying larger deposits than this unless your work is particularly 'unique'/'bespoke' - such as 'one off' timber window designs.

Check out the Guarantee and what it covers. A lot of companies now offer 'insurance backed' guarantees. Do note however that these are really Insolvency Guarantees and only become effective if a company should go out of business. …

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