Aspect Windows – Choosing A Specialist Glazing Installer
Whether you are undertaking a self-build project, renovating your property or adding an extension to your home, your project will most likely involve some element of glazing. Choosing the right windows and doors for your project will require careful consideration.
You’ll want to think about the style and design you like best, the performance of the windows, the ongoing maintenance and the guarantee which is offered, and of course it all needs to fit within your budget.
With a lot to think about choosing between systems and suppliers can seem like a daunting prospect. Here’s some tips on choosing the right partner for the work.
Evaluated your choices carefully, find out about previous customers experiences by reading their reviews and testimonials. Look at the company’s case studies to see the size of project they usually undertake, to help understand what their capabilities are.
Your installer, if not dealing with Building Control, needs to legally be a member of a government authorised Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) such as FENSA.
FENSA is a government authorised CPS for the replacement of windows, doors, roof windows and roof lights in England and Wales.
It is a self-assessment scheme set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). The organisation’s prime function is to regulate double glazing companies and ensure compliance with Building Regulations.
The quality of the products on the market vary greatly, which is why it is always recommended to visit a showroom, or an existing installation to see and experience the product in person. Testing the windows and doors yourself, feeling the quality, and how easy they are to open and close, will help you make a decision on which is the right choice for you.
How long are your windows likely to last? What guarantee is offered? This can vary by system and location of the products. With many companies offering a reduce guarantee for installations near the coast due to the harsh coastal environments. Therefore ensure you check with the installation company what the guarantee is for the specific systems you have selected.
Do the products have a secured by design accreditation? Or any other industry leading security features? How many locking points do the windows and doors have? High-quality profiles, glass, and locking mechanisms can help you improve the security and protect your home.
Getting the right advice from an experienced adviser who clearly understands your requirements. Can help guide you through the options available, and will help you to choose the best possible product to suit your needs, wants and budget.
Involving a glazing specialist as early as possible in the creative process, will allow you to work through the options on a blank canvas. Giving you more possibilities and more flexibility, rather than moulding a solution to an existing design.
Look for a supplier who would be prepared to work closely with your architect or builder and provide technical information and advice when needed.
Always ask for a written quotation so that you have a record of the scope and specification of the work included in the quotation.
Does the installation company offer a site survey? During a site survey a qualified surveyor will measure the apertures, identify any issues and create CAD drawings to ensure your new windows and doors are made to your exact requirements and fit perfectly.
Who will be installing the windows and doors? What experience do they have? High performance windows and doors which are badly installed will be no longer perform highly. Therefore its important to choose a highly skilled team of installers who are experienced in installing quality glazing products.
What aftercare does the company offer? Hopefully you are 100% satisfied with your new windows and doors, but what if something does go wrong? Does the company offer aftercare support to help resolve the issue.
Aspect Windows are a long established local specialist glazing installations company based in Exeter. If you would like some help and advice on the right windows and doors for your project, Aspect Windows are happy to help. Visit www.aspect-windows.com, or give the team a call on 01392 444233.