TOP TIP WHEN BUYING WINDOWS & DOORS – CONSIDER WINDOW QUALITY

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Top Tip When Buying New Windows & Doors – Consider Window Quality

New windows and doors can vary in quality. From entry level trade products to high end products such as bespoke and hand-crafted windows and doors. 

If you budget allows, ensure that you look for bespoke, made to measure and high-quality windows & doors. 

There are several aspect that can affect the overall quality of your new windows & doors. 

It all begins with an accurate survey. Your replacement windows & doors should be made to measure for your openings. An accurate survey is vital to the overall quality of your installation. 

Following survey, your new windows & doors will need be fabricated. Some companies fabricate their own windows & doors, whilst the majority purchase their products from volume production trade suppliers.  

The material that are used in the production of your new windows & doors have a huge impact on the overall quality. Find a window company that doesn’t skimp on costs and uses the best components for their products. 

Windows and doors are primarily made up of the following components; 

  • Window/Door Profile 
  • Glazing
  • Ironmongery such as handles, hinges, letterplates etc.  
  • Locking Mechanisms.
  • Steel Reinforcement – windows and doors should also have sufficient steel reinforcement to ensure that they don’t sag over time.

Last but certainly not least is the installation. A well made product would be nothing without a high quality install. 

Some companies directly employ their installers, whilst others use sub-contractors to carry out the work. This is important to establish.  

Companies that directly employ their installers are often considered the better option as the installers are paid regardless of how many windows and doors are installed per day. Sub-contractors are paid per window or door, therefore this can reduce the overall quality of the installation as the work can be rushed. A good quality window & door installation will take time & skill.   

We hope that the above will help you understand all the aspects that can affect the overall quality of your new windows & doors. 

Some Facts To Remember When Considering Sapphire Windows: 
  • We directly employ our surveyors, all have over 40 years experience in the industry.  
  • We manufacture our windows & doors ourselves. As fabricators we can guarantee that all of our products are bespoke and made to measure for your property.
  • We know the value of using the very best materials and production techniques. Through continual research and development, we ensure that each component that makes up our product is of the highest possible standard. This gives us total confidence that we are supplying and installing a high-quality product that’s been built by us, to last.
  • We directly employ our installers. Our installers are highly skilled & experienced and take their time to ensure our windows & doors are expertly installed.   

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TOP TIP WHEN BUYING WINDOWS & DOORS – COMPARE PRICES AND FINANCE OPTIONS

  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT
  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT

Top Tip When Buying New Windows & Doors – Compare Prices & Finance Options

Be Wary Of "Special Offers"

Be careful when companies offer special offers or fictitious discounts that are due to expire unless you place your order immediately. Don’t be fooled by “special” offers or fictitious discounts. Unfortunately, these old-fashioned high-pressure sales tactics do still exist in parts of our industry.

As a consumer you should be given a fair and reasonable price and time to make what will be a very important decision. Special offers or discounts do not exist.

Compare Like For Like Quotations

Compare what the companies have priced for. There are several factors that could affect the price of your new windows and doors.  It’s important that if you are obtaining more than one quotation (we recommend that you should), that you are getting like for like quotes from each company. Some factors that can affect the price are as follows:

  • Product quality.
  • Frame thickness.
  • Window/Door colour.
  • Fully fitted? Or partial installation?
  • Allowance for internal window cills.
  • Glass specification.
  • Window/door styles. 
  • Handle, letterplates, knocker colour, styles and finishes.

Windows and doors are an investment for your home. The cheapest is not always the best. If you want a product that looks great, performs well and lasts the test of time, expect to pay a little more. 

Financing Your New Windows & Doors

Be aware that interest free finance options can sometimes mean you will end up paying more. Interest free payments can sometimes be very enticing when purchasing anything. Windows and doors are no different and many companies in our industry do offer these types of finance options. 

But in reality, interest free is a myth, it doesn’t really exist.  If we think about it, no financial institution in the world would ever make any money if they truly did provide 0% finance. Therefore, if window companies do offer this facility, there is often a catch.

In the home improvement industry, the companies who claim to provide interest free double glazing usually:

  • Use the 0% finance offer as a marketing ploy.
  • Increase product price to absorb cost of providing 0% finance.
  • Set unrealistic minimum spend requirements to qualify.
  • Require an ‘admin’ fee or ‘exit’ fee to use the service. 

Purchasing windows and doors can be a substantial investment, therefore flexible finance options can be helpful in spreading the cost in a convenient way and at a manageable pace that your suits your lifestyle and personal circumstances. Just remember to explore all of your options when it comes to finance, such as:

  • Personal loans from banks and reputable lenders.
  • Some companies, like us, partner with credit brokers that search to find a personal loan or secured lending options that are right for you. We use Kandoo, more information can be found at: https://sapphirewindows.info/finance-options/

When obtaining quotations and looking for finance options, remember to compare the total amount that will be repayable at the end of any lending term.

Customer Deposits

It’s common practice for window companies to request a deposit when taking an order. The percentages required can vary. If you decide to place an order that requires a deposit payment, it’s important to remember the following:

  • It is vital to check the company protects your deposit. This is done using a deposit protection scheme. Ensure that your deposit is safe otherwise you run the risk of losing your deposit if something happens to the company.
  • Check your contract/purchase agreement for your rights to cancel. Reputable companies normally offer a 7 day or 14 day cooling off period. Therefore, you have a right to cancel and have your deposit back if you cancel within the time frame specified in the agreement.

At Sapphire Windows, we do not require any deposit payments. Our motto is based on trust. If you make the decision to trust us to carry out your windows & door installation, we trust that you will pay us when we satisfactory complete the work. 

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TOP TIP WHEN BUYING WINDOWS & DOORS – CHOOSE THE RIGHT STYLE

  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT
  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT

Top Tips For Buying New Windows & Doors - Choose The Right Material

Most window companies are able to offer a variety of window styles to meet your individual needs and express the uniqueness of your home.

These styles may include casement, vertical sash, flush sash, tilt & turn, bay, bow, and bespoke-shaped windows.

There are also a variety of door styles to consider, such as residential doors, composite doors, French doors, sliding patio doors and bi-folding doors.

It is important to consider room function and location when choosing the style of your windows and doors. You should consider obstacles in your room and the outdoor space they open up into.

Why not visit a showroom and see for yourself which styles are best suited for your home? It’s important that you ask about THE FOLLOWING:

  • Window & Door styles
  • Colour options
  • Glazing options
  • Hardware styles
  • Hardware finishes

Find a window company that is willing to discuss and show you the options available to create the perfect windows & doors for your home.

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TOP TIP FOR BUYING WINDOWS & DOORS – CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIAL

  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT
  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT

Top Tips For Buying New Windows & Doors - Choose The Right Material

It’s important to explore which window and door material is the best fit for you and your home. Material choices include- uPVC, Aluminium or Timber.

uPVC

uPVC windows and doors are the most popular replacement in the UK, and for good reason. They look great when made and installed well. uPVC windows are also cheaper than both aluminium and Timber. They are the most thermally efficient, maintenance free and have a long-life span of approximately 35-40 years. They are available in a range of woodgrain colours and styles to suit most house types.

Aluminium

Aluminium windows and doors are known for their strength and durability. Aluminium’s inherent strength allows the use of slimer profile offering smaller sightlines. These benefits make aluminium an excellent option for bi-folding doors. Aluminium has a life span of approximately 45 years and are more easily recycled than uPVC. They are also very low maintenance. Aluminium, however, is a more costly option than uPVC. Another downside to aluminium, is that it is a considerably poor insulator. Its thermal performance is also inferior to uPVC.

Timber

Timber windows and doors, although looks beautiful when well made, they are prone to swelling and rotting, and require regular maintenance to maintain their appeal. Houses in conservation areas are often required to replace their windows with like for like timber replacements. However, some planning authorities are willing to relax the rules for uPVC and aluminium when designed as timber replicate windows, such as Flush Sash.

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TOP TIP WHEN BUYING WINDOWS & DOORS – UNDERSTAND ENERGY RATINGS

  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT
  • 01269 596480
  • info@sapphirewindows.info
  • 55-57 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, SA18 3DT

Top Tip For Buying New Windows & Doors - Understand Energy Ratings

Understanding a window or doors’ energy rating is highly important, as it’s estimated that up to 25% of the heat within most homes, escapes through the windows.

The energy performance of a window & door is either measured by their u-value or Window Energy Rating (WER). The U-Value is a scientific measure of how heat flows through an element. High U-Values mean more heat flows, so the lower the figure the better.

The Window Energy Rating scheme is a scale designed to tell you exactly how energy efficient your windows are so you can choose the most suitable for your home. The scale was developed to provide a rating system specifically for windows as it takes into account not just U-Values, but also solar heat gain (G Value) and the air leakage rate of all the components of the fitted window.

The scale runs from A++ to G, with A++ being awarded to the most energy efficient windows. ‘C’ is the minimum to satisfy building regulations for windows.

It is required by law that new build or replacement windows need to satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • To have a whole window ‘U’ value of 1.6 W/m²K or lower.
  • To have a minimum window energy rating (WER) of ‘C’.
  • To use sealed units with a ‘U’ value of better than 1.2 W/m²K with argon gas fill and warm edge spacer bars.

The window profile and the glazing used will determine the energy efficiency of a window. 

At Sapphire by using the very best profile and glazing, our windows achieve an A+ energy rating.  

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