Installing double glazing brings countless benefits to homeowners. Although it should be considered a long-term investment, as double glazing can take many years to bring a return on investment, it can significantly improve quality of life. Your house will be warmer, cheaper to heat, and the windows will reduce outside noise – especially worthwhile if you live in an area with heavy noise pollution.
Having double glazed windows will also increase the resale value of the house, bringing future financial benefits, as well as reducing carbon emissions. Double glazing is also much more secure than single glazed windows, and can be a deterrent to would-be thieves.
Decide on a budget before you begin your search. This will prevent you from overspending, or being tempted by irrelevant special offers. Make sure you understand the payment options available to you from each supplier and, before signing a contract, understand what payments are expected from you and when. If choosing a finance deal check the contract stipulates interest rates and late fees to avoid any issues later on. Collect quotes from several suppliers to ensure the installation can be completed within your budget, as well as making sure the types of windows you want are available.
The most common double glazing material is uPVC, being the cheapest and the most energy efficient. Wood is another popular option; however it is generally more expensive and requires more time dedicated to maintenance. Another more costly, but modern looking, option is steel. These frames last for a long time and, like uPVC and wood, can be recycled.
The choice of material for your window frames depends on your budget, how much time you can spare to maintain the material and the type of style you’re looking for that will fit with your current home.
Double glazed windows are available in different styles depending on what suits your home and the location of the windows. As well as different materials, windows are available in different designs. For example, sliding sash windows are opened by sliding them up and down; whereas tilt and turn windows open as usual, but also tilt, for increased ventilation and easier access for cleaning. It is important to consider what type of window is necessary for different areas of the home, and what you can afford with your agreed budget.
Remember to check the company credentials in terms of accreditations and experience and, if possible, visit the company’s showroom to help make your decision. Visiting the showroom also gives you the opportunity to speak to a sales representative to get a more accurate quote, allowing you to more reliably compare companies to choose the supplier best suited to you and your home.
For further information or advice on your double glazing needs please get in touch – we’d be happy to help. If you’re looking for a double glazing supplier in the Kent area please don’t hesitate to get in touch or visit our showroom for more information.