For many consumers all double glazing is the same and there is an assumption that whichever company supplies and installs it the double glazing it will basically do the same job to the same level.
Although some of the leading brands manage to strengthen trust and differentiate through TV, press and other advertising the generic product of double glazing is thought by many to be able to provide the same benefit across the board.
With many different manufacturers and installers and many different ages and types of properties to install the double glazing in however it is likely that the performance of double glazing could actually vary widely.
With the wettest winter on record in 2012, seemingly longer winters, rising fuel bills and an economic recession home owners have been focusing their attention more strongly than ever on how weatherproof and warm their homes are. Buying, replacing or repairing double glazing has therefore been a priority for many homeowners in the last year although they may not have been receiving the same levels of energy efficiency and effectiveness as a result.
When choosing a double glazing installer homeowners do currently have some ways in which they can make a judgement about the likely level of quality and service that they are likely to receive. For example by choosing a FENSA registered installer they are likely to receive greater protection in their purchase.
Double glazing installation, spares and repairs specialist Dave Pearson of DA Windows comments:
“Homeowners do of course expect all double glazing to provide more or less the same benefits such as making the house warmer, reducing draughts, stopping noise from the outside street and helping to save money on heating bills over time. Yes the vast majority of UK windows and doors are covered by FENSA but, there is always the chance that some owners could buy from a company who for whatever reason does not install the windows well. This of course means that even though they now have double glazing they may still have draughts and other problems. Not all double glazing companies or double glazing are exactly the same”.
Dave has some advice for home owners when choosing their double glazing company.
“Yes it’s important that they’re FENSA registered and of course it helps if the company have a good reputation in your area. If they’ve been established in your area for some time then you may be able to ask around about them or find someone you know who they’ve done work for. I think it’s a good sign too if they offer no obligation quotes, they don’t use high pressure salesmen and if they offer a good insurance backed guarantee. It’s also a good sign if their workforce are all directly employed by the company. It’s a combination of things really.
Homeowners need a good degree of protection plus they need to find a double glazing company who can essentially do a great job, provide great service, and provide good value for money”.
For more information call Dave Pearson on 01793 790 754 or visit http://www.doubleglazingswindon.co.uk/ or http://www.doubleglazingsparesandrepairs.co.uk/
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