21 Dec 2018

How Much Is Too Much  ?

 You need new windows, you have some quotes but cant make out what you should be getting for what price, so the question arises “ How Much Should I  Pay For Double Glazing ? ” and how do I avoid being ripped off.

National Or Local ? 

Is There a difference between the larger national and smaller local companies? Yes !!

National Company’s 

  • Have pushy salesman that are normally on at least a 10% commission for selling the company’s products 
  • Are notoriously difficult to communicate with, especially post installation with small snagging jobs.
  • Start their pricing above and beyond what should be the going rate, but are normally willing to drop there prices to gain a sale ( often more than 50% ) 
  • Products are normally well manufactured and should comply with insurance regulations. CERTASS and FENSA certified 
  • Less likely to go out of business and usually have a quicker turn around time. 

Local Firms 

  • Normally an owner or director of the business will be your first contact who has often had many years of experience in the window industry and can answer all the questions you have. 
  • Communication is often directly with this person so being sent around the houses is mostly avoided.
  • You wont have to practice your negotiating skills here as most local business know everything about their competition and are eager to build there local brand and reputation by offering a fir price.
  •  Products are normally the same if not better than some of the national company’s and come with all the same guarantees.
  • Are normally Certass or Fensa registered. Some local businesses may opt to go through the local council and building inspector for the paperwork side of things,  This approach in many respects is better as it involves a third party who is impartial and non bias so will almost always insure everything is in order however is the more expensive option for the window firm.
  • The worry of your local window company going bankrupt is often negated by an insurance backed guarantee which protects the customer in the event that your local business has fallen on hard times. 

How Much Should It Cost ?

The cost for an average sized window ( around 1200mm x 1200mm ) should cost somewhere between £350 – £450 supplied and fitted depending on ease of access and what type of windows are being removed.

A larger window ( around 1800mm x 1200mm ) can cost anywhere from £400 – £600 depending on the same parameters.

Other Options

Another way to save money and often the more cost effective option might be for you or your builder to order your new windows from a supplier such as ourselves or many other companies on the internet who are able to supply these windows at a lower cost as we are able to broker a better price per unit compared to other window firms or retail outlets.

Builders regularly charge anywhere from £75 – £150 ( Labor Only ) per window and will call on a third party building inspector to certify your windows are up to date with the latest building control guidelines. Having this building certificate is important as you will need this if you ever decide to sell your property.

Get your free supply only window quotation here and see how much you could save !!!