UPVC windows are a great option and are certainly the most economical for a number of good reasons. Firstly, they are quite cheap compared to timber, metal or fiberglass and are available in a massive range of styles, colours and glazing options. They are the easiest to fit and will require nothing in the way of maintenance for at least five years.
They have very high thermal efficiency and, of course, require no painting. UPVC windows are a great choice for soundproofing and there are many choices out there in terms of fittings and locking mechanisms that will improve the security of your home.
Once you have the frame dimensions of the windows you want to replace you can go out (or web browse) and get any idea of the sorts of UPVC windows that are on offer, it is often a good plan to buy the windows from the same company that will be installing them, that way you can have the best chance of a smooth and easy experience.
When you are comparing quotes from window installation companies, what you need to be looking for is a company that is, first of all, willing to come to your property and assess how well their windows will fit in the frames you already have. If there will need to be any additional construction work done, they should also advise you if they have the windows you are interested in actually in stock, because you may not want to be waiting for weeks for them.
You need to establish that the company will be able to fit in with your time schedule so a ball park time scale needs to be agreed in theory and then get your quotation in writing along with a guarantee that the windows you are ordering are in stock and will be available to install for you on the agreed date.
It’s quite reasonable that the company will require a small deposit from you but beware if the company asks for up front payment for the materials. After all, they should have them in stock; if they don’t then you need to be dealing with a different contractor, as this can be a warning sign that they are not entirely trustworthy and may even be a cowboy outfit and to be avoided at all costs.
The best strategy is to include a solicitor in your dealings and get them to check every detail of the estimates and final contract for loopholes or irregularities.
You need to get a good relationship going with your chosen supplier so that all aspects of your window installation can be discussed and finalized in a professional manner. You also want to know that they are reasonable so that if things aren’t working out too well that they will get the problem sorted without resorting to verbal abuse or any other unnecessary unpleasantness, which can happen sometimes. It’s often best to look for a company that has affiliations with professional glazing trade associations like FENSA so you can be sure that they are professional and keen to maintain a good reputation.
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