It’s fair to say that the world of double glazing has gained a bit of a bad reputation over the last few years. Whether due to underhand sales tactics or cowboy builders, it can be difficult to know exactly who you can trust to do the job right. That’s why I’ve come up with this handy list of tips and pointers for buying double glazing. Read on to find out about your rights as a customer, and how you can avoid shoddy workmanship and be left with the quality windows you’ve paid for.
Why go for double glazing?
The main reason for choosing double glazing is the great big money saving off the cost of your energy bills. That’s because the two window panes trap air between them, which acts as a layer of insulation, to help keep more of the cold wind out. You’ll also help to lower your carbon footprint, as well as cut down on the noise pollution from outside, which is especially handy if you live close to a main road, or rail station.
How to get a quote
When it comes to home improvements, many people prefer to rely on word of mouth and recommendations. And let’s face it, this gives companies more of an incentive to do a stellar job for you. Generally speaking, it is wise to get a quote from three different companies – this will give you something to compare against, and can be useful to help you determine how much money you should be paying for the work. When it comes down to it though, going with your gut instinct can also be a good idea – if you are made to feel uncomfortable by any of the people representing the companies, it is better to avoid them. Remember to never be pressured into buying double glazing. Ask for a written quote and request it to be broken down into sections so you can see exactly where your money’s going – and don’t put down a deposit for the work until you’ve completely made your mind up; that way, you won’t lose out if you decide not to go ahead with a particular company.
How to maintain your double glazing
The best thing you can do to extend the life of your double glazed windows is to ensure that the room stays well ventilated. By regular opening the windows and not closing doors to the room at night when you sleep, you’ll help to reduce the likelihood of condensation building up on the inside window pane. If you spot any condensation in between the glass panes, this is a sign of a faulty unit – in this situation you should contact the company who installed your windows.
You should also try to prevent a build-up of dirt on your windows by regularly vacuuming the window frames and seals. Mix together one part vinegar to three parts water and apply to your windows when they’re in need of a good clean. This solution is environmentally friendly and will add an extra shine and sparkle to your windows.
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