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How to choose the right double glazing:

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

Double Glazing

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Retaining the warmth inside your house can be helped by installing replacement double glazing. By doing this you make your home more energy efficient which is environmentally friendly and you can reduce the cost of your bills. If you are on a budget and cannot afford to replace all of your windows you can opt to replace only the windows in the rooms that cost the most to keep warm.

Here are some top tips on what to consider when replacing double glazing:

1) Check if you need planning permission - Replacement double glazing comes in many styles, colours and designs. However before choosing to replace your old windows check with your local government body whether you require planning permission. This is often the case for old buildings and in conservation areas.

2) Choose a reputable company - Avoid selecting a replacement double glazing company from adverts or the Yellow Pages. Placing advertisements and becoming a member of a trade body or obtaining fake accreditations is all too easily done. In order to ensure you get a reliable company with a good reputation it is important to verify them independently. A well-known name may not mean they are good but simply that they have placed many adverts. Also take into account that it is easy to shut down one company and start another under a different name.

3) Never pay the full amount for the work upfront - You need to consider many things with regards to payment, price and discounts. Firstly it is normal to pay a deposit of around ten percent. It is also standard to be able to pay step by step as the work is completed and always withhold the final payment until you are completely satisfied. The least expensive option is not always the best and with replacement double glazing, cheaper often means a drop in quality. Unscrupulous companies may also offer huge discount just to secure your business but then fail to deliver.

4) Always get a completion date in writing - Always ask for delivery and completion of work timelines and insist they be written into the contract. This will protect you against delayed service.

5) Pay with card not cash to protect yourself from a scam - If you can, be sure to use only your credit card for payments, not cash, especially for the deposit. This will give you insurance in case the firm is a scam or does not deliver. If you are not happy you should file a claim with the card company within 30 days and ensure you have the documentation and proof as they will require this in order to reimburse you.

6) Understand the small print - Don't be fooled by thinking that just because you have a contract you are fine. You need to really understand it including the boring small print. If possible ask a lawyer to check it for you and he or she can give you independent advice.

7) Trust word of mouth - Reliable and good companies find work by word-of-mouth recommendations from previous customers. They tend to have lots of work so you may have to wait a little while, but this will be worth it. Unreliable companies will accept your work even if they are poorly staffed meaning they move workers around inefficiently without supervision and will often do a poor rushed job.

8) Check for replacement double glazing industry accreditations - and make sure that all their products carry an international safety standard quality kite mark, such as ISO. - 30873

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