Are You Making These Classic Replacement Window Mistakes?
Although choosing replacement windows seems fairly routine, it can go wrong all too easily. According to a recent news article, a major political row about windows has blown up in the little American town of Berlin, Maryland. An historic downtown hotel replaced 16 wooden framed windows with identical vinyl frames – leading to threats of fines for the hotel owners, the resignation of planning board members, the intervention of the mayor, and a great deal of upset on both sides. Although your choice of replacement window may cause less political upheaval, there are still plenty of mistakes that homeowners in Cirencester need to avoid.
1. Choosing the wrong windows
Too many people think that a window is just a window, without appreciating that it’s the most prominent feature of your whole house. Fitting the wrong window is like wearing the wrong clothes to a job interview – something you may regret for years to come!
So what makes it the wrong window? Most obviously, there’s the matter of style. Your windows have to suit the character of your house, especially if you’re just replacing some of them. If three of your windows are sash style, it would look very odd if the fourth is a casement.
Material is important too. This is largely down to your personal taste and budget, but your window frames need to look right in their setting. Also, do pay attention to local planning laws! A little research now could save you a whole lot of time, trouble and expense later on.
2. Choosing from an unreliable source
It’s fair to say that double glazing firms haven’t always enjoyed the best of reputations. Although the industry has cleaned up its act, it’s vital that you choose your replacement windows from a reliable company. Look for membership of professional bodies such as the The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and FENSA. Ideally, the company should also be a member of the Double Glazing and Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) – this gives you even more protection and an effective way to resolve disputes, should they arise.
3. Paying too much (or too little!)
Replacement windows are available for just about every budget, so there’s no need to spend thousands and thousands of pounds. On the other hand, you don’t want to go too cheap and cheerful! Your windows need to withstand a lot of weather and wear and tear. Those “bargain” windows can turn out to be a very expensive false economy if they need constant repair or replacement. Buy the best you can afford. Again, a reputable and reliable company will be only too happy to guide you through the options.
Like any major investment, buying replacement windows requires some careful thought and planning. If in doubt, ask the experts!