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Double glazing prices are guaranteed to stir up emotions, no one wants to pay over the odds and feel like they have been conned into spending more than they needed to, but most of us don’t want to be left with flimsy, cheap looking windows that don’t last the guarantee period or work gets left unfinished because we paid too little or the business went bust.

Unlike gas or electric, prices for double glazing are not regulated; replacement window and door companies are free to set whatever price. Prices therefore reflect the way they sell.

There are some companies who start at massive prices, then offer you discount after discount, so that you get a figure that’s close to your budget but ONLY if you sign there and then. This is pressure selling, they don’t want to give you time to get or consider, alternatives quotations. NEVER get pushed to buy, always take the time you feel you need to make a considered choice, if that means finding others then so be it.

If you do find yourself pressured into signing (to get rid of a sales person) you have the right to cancel the contract within the next 7 days (soon to be 14 days). Do it in writing, save a copy of the letter and send it recorded delivery so there can be no argument that you cancelled the contract.

Then there are chancers who operate close the law, even outside the law. They’ll offer amazing prices but it has to be cash, so they can avoid VAT. They will say their product does everything you want (regardless of whether it does or not), as for cooling off periods and paperwork, forget it they won’t issue any or it will be false. Never part with cash like this, if a deposit is needed, pay it by credit card (not debit card) as they provide extra protection, or cheque written out to the company but it should never be for more than 25% of the total.

The vast majority of businesses are genuine, try hard to make a living in a competitive industry and register contracts with the right authorities. Most will happily provide a written quotation, they’ll happily explain the choices you have, show you examples of components so that you decide what you works for you, what looks right for your home. Always ask to see a sample either in their showroom or in your home, get their quote in writing especially if you request special components or fitting arrangements. Then check their claims are true before making your final decision.

Here’s a simple example, you get a quote for £5,000, is it too much or is it fair?

Well, if you’re only paying £5,000 for products that normally sell for £10,000 then it’s a real bargain but not so if other people only paid £3,000 to have the same work done! Okay so you’ll be saying “a window is a window, don’t try to fool me”, and to some degree you’d be right but that’s oversimplifying it, there is a vast array of permutations which makes each job different and therefore different cost.

Take an example of two Victorian semi-detached houses, neighbours, both wanting new windows. The first gets a price to install new windows for £6,000, the second finds their windows coming out at £9,000! Both for PVC, both are A rated, both fitted with a 10 year guarantee.

Surely it’s a no brainer, why pay the extra 50% another £3,000, how could more money be better value?

Well quite simply no, there are dozens of things that make up these prices; here are just a few considerations;

Style of window, finish of window, how its fitted, length of time estimated to do the work, type of trims being used, employed fitters or subcontracted, desperate for work or full, guarantees being offered, protection against insolvency, damage or product failure, length of time established, this list is endless and that doesn’t include the “special offers if you accept todays special deal”. So,

  • if the second person is having a wooden foiled finish in place of shiny plastic,
  • if the window was a sash window that is twice as much to make and the existing frames are being removed not left in place with dummy inserts which reduce daylight and increase sightlines,
  • if the existing architraves are being reinstated rather than mastic trims being fitted and
  • if the installers are paid regardless of the number of windows they fit a day
  • and if the company include IBG’s as standard, protects deposits, has a long track record and been trading for years and voluntarily belong to quality organisations who demand additional safeguards and standards

then surely the second price begins to look considerably more favourable?