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Buying Double Glazing On A Budget
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Many people inherit their windows and doors from the previous owners of their home, and in many instances, there is nothing wrong with them. However, if they are 15 or 20 years old, it may well be time to change them.
There can be a number of reasons for installing new windows and doors, not the least of which is that if they are only single glazed you are losing money.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, if you replace single glazing in a semi-detached home with double glazing that is A+ rated you will save about £75 a year. If it is A, B, or C rated you will save about £65 a year, so there is not a lot of difference between them. However, the savings do add up.
If you live in a road that has heavy traffic you will cut down noise in the home by a considerable amount with double glazing, and you will have added security as well. Even the cheapest double glazing cuts down noise penetration by about 60% which is quite considerable. From the point of view of security, double glazed windows will have multi-point locks and the UPVC frames are sometimes fitted with galvanised steel reinforcing. Double glazing is also harder to break.
Of course, another reason for installing double glazing for windows and doors in your Essex home is if the existing windows are broken or damaged in some way. Your home may also need a face lift if the windows and doors are out of date and old fashioned looking.
There is a choice of materials available for double glazing and doors, starting with aluminium which is a great choice althoguh not if you are on a small budget. As an example, an aluminium front door is not going to get you any change out of at least £1,000 and often more. Composite doors are also a great choice but are in the same league as aluminium pricewise.
For really low-priced double glazing you can opt for softwood, but you need to be aware that they are not that hard-wearing and need ongoing maintenance such as painting. They can also warp in wet weather. Engineered timber is a good choice as it is stable and hardwearing, while hardwood is the best timber, and the most expensive. This leaves UPVC, which after softwood is the least expensive option and is hardwearing and needs no maintenance. UPVC is one of the lowest price materials for doors too.
Window Energy Rating
Window energy rating is another factor, and can range from the very best which is A++ down to G which is the worst. You cannot buy windows that are less than C-rated today because anything lower does not meet UK building regulations. As we saw above, when you are on a budget, there is not a lot of difference in the energy saving between A+ rated and C rated. Even A++ rated saves only £80 a year on a semi-detached home compared with £65 for C-rated.
The next thing to consider for your budget is design choice. You should keep opening windows to a minimum and only have them where you need them, as opening windows do cost more. If you are having UPVC windows then have white, as while there are coloured options, they too, come an a premium. Don't start adding things like brass handles either. And avoid sash windows too as these are more expensive. Consider casement windows because they can be half the price of sash windows.
Here are another couple of factors that can affect the cost of double glazing and doors that you might not have considered. If you choose a local double glazing company it will often be able to offer better prices than the big nationals. The big boys spend a lot of money on TV advertising and so on, and they also have teams of managers and salespeople who need to be paid.
Another thing to consider is timing your order? Double glazing companies have a quiet period in December and January, and even February and March can be a good time to place your order. When things are quiet you have a great opportunity to negotiate a lower price.
Sovereign Home Improvements is a double glazing for windows and doors home improvement contractor based in Essex and can offer some great deals on double glazing installation in the county.
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