3 ways to choose a high quality, low cost window installer
We often get bombarded with mass media advertisements about window fitting businesses, and how they can help you by fitting in new windows. But underneath all the big advertisements, how can we really distinguish those finer details to get a professional window installer?
With so many window fitting businesses around, it can be difficult to find the right one to suit your needs. Firstly, you will need to decide what type of windows you would like, whilst there are many variations – PVC-U windows are a popular choice. Not only can they withstand harsh weathering, but they are also well known for their durability. They don’t warp or split and can offer improved comfort to your home, by being able to keep the heat in – which can save some costs on your electricity bill.
Finding a uPVC window fitter can be a task in itself – but it’s important to remember not to opt for the cheaper choice, due to the fact that you could be compromising on quality. There are many companies who will offer competitive pricing, and will have their own way of carrying out their work – so how do you know which one to go for?
Here are 3 ways to help you when choosing a good PVCU window installer:
- Ensure that they are FENSA/CERTASS approved.
FENSA (The Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme) was set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation.
CERTASS Ltd are a UKAS approved certification body for the operation of a competent person scheme, under local government. Both FENSA and CERTASS were created as a response to the Building Regulations for double glazing companies, in England and Wales.
When you decide to have your windows changed, you must ensure that you have a FENSA/CERTASS certificate. When your chosen window company carry out work on your home, if they are members of FENSA/CERTASS, they must issue you with a compliance certificate.
This will give you peace of mind, as a percentage of their work will be vetted by FENSA/CERTASS. When it comes to selling your property, you may also need to provide a copy of this certificate to your solicitors, before the purchasing process of the house begins.
You won’t need both FENSA and CERTASS certificates, but having one of these is a requirement and has been since April 2002. It will ensure that your work has been done safely, and will have an insurance guarantee on the work carried out. FENSA will check for safety issues, fire risks and other health and safety related issues, related to the window fitting service you will have received.
Do your research into the companies that you are thinking of getting your windows fitted from? If you are looking for new windows, then by looking at the previous work the company has done for other clients can give you reassurance, and a good idea of the type of quality of their work. Seeing examples of other windows they have fitted beforehand can be a really big help.
- How long have they been in business
Whilst cost may be an important factor, you don’t want to compromise on quality. If you are considering UPVC windows, it is important that you check the business you want these from. It has often been suggested that a business who has been going for around 5 or more years may have more experience, and could therefore offer a better service. Looking at previous projects a company has worked on will give you a rough idea on how long they have been in business for.
Getting a uPVC window installer to fit your windows professionally, can give your house a new look. PVC-U window installers are well equipped, and can tailor the windows so that they meet your needs. Whether it’s a traditional, or contemporary look you are after, this is where PVCU windows are a perfect choice. Your chosen window fitter will help you by offering various designs, and as long as they are FENSA or CERTASS approved, you won’t need to worry about the work they will be carrying out.
Give your house the attention and care that it needs, and improve the look of your home with PVC-U windows. KJN Home Improvements can offer a professional, friendly, window fitting service for all customers who live in any type of property.