If your home is no spring chicken and the timber window frames have seen better days, it might be time to consider replacing them with something that doesn’t need to be maintained and will last as long as the house does. Technology has enabled us to design and fabricate tailor made windows and doors, and with composite materials that are guaranteed not to fade, peel, or crack, you will only have to do this once. There are, however, many companies in the industry, and all claim to have the very best product and top installation teams, which makes things rather confusing for the homeowner, and with that in mind, here are some things to look for when sourcing replacement windows and doors.
- Frame Materials – There are, of course, the traditional timber frames, which require regular attention, with preservative and stain applied every couple of years, which on its own is an expensive endeavour. The best material is without doubt uPVC, which is durable, non-conductive – which means zero condensation – and is maintenance free. Many homeowners opt for uPVC French doors, which highlights the strength of the material. It is widely accepted in the double glazing industry that uPVC double glazed windows are a perfect combination.
- Deal with the Manufacturer – Avoid buying from a contractor that outsources the fabrication of your uPVC doors and windows, as this is costly, and there is no quality control in place. Look for a company that fabricates the units and then installs using their own directly employed fitters, and this is easy to ascertain, with a little web browsing. When you order your units, you know they will be built by the installer, which is the ideal situation from the customer’s point of view.
- Affiliated and Accredited – Seek out uPVC double glazed windows from a company that is established, and with trade-related accreditations and affiliations with government recognised bodies. This ensures the company is not only in it for the long term, but they obviously work to a very high standard. There would likely be testimonials from happy customers, and by reading uPVC windows reviews, you will have an added sense of security.
- Customer Focused – From the very first contact, which would likely be the customer filling in the online enquiry form, the focus should not be on selling the customer a set of windows and doors, but rather the challenge is to design something ideal for the occupants. Spending time at the initial design stage would be essential, if the final product is to tick all the boxes, and with a range of opening styles and indeed finishes, there are many combinations, with uPVC window frames that can be a specified thickness, and a range of finishes.
Avoid companies that send a representative who hard sells you, as this is a major investment and therefore requires careful thought, if that happens, politely thank him for his time and ask him to leave a card with the quote. The type of company you are looking for would help the customer to explore all the avenues before going ahead with anything, and with all the above points ticked, you will be very happy with your new windows and doors.