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How to get a good deal on new windows

Getting new windows installed can be a pricey ordeal. Whether you’re only replacing one, or you’re replacing them all, you’ll want to get the best deal possible on windows. This is especially true for those on a bit of a tighter budget. However, like with most things in life, there are ways to save on your new windows. So before you call in your local glazier, take a look a the following ways to get the best deal on your new windows:

Skip on anything unnecessary

When it comes to windows, there are a vast variety of different kinds. There are tempered glass, safety glass and even bullet resistant glass windows. There are plexiglas windows as well. Some windows even have stop excess heat entering through them. These are called low emissivity glass.

While all of these functions are really great, they come at a price. You should decide, according to your budget, which, if any, of the above you need. Many people feel like they can go without any extras at all. Others feel that they need safety glass as a minimum. Which is actually still affordable. Tempered glass is very durable and a good option safety wise. Depending on your families need as well as your own and on the budget, you should choose the best option. And cut out any unnecessary costs. Some people even go as far as installing the trim themselves, instead of having it done for them.

Negotiate

When looking for pricing on your new windows, don’t be afraid to negotiate. The worst that can happen is that you’re refused, but you’d be surprised just how many companies are open to it. The industry can be quite competitive and companies may be willing to negotiate to attract business. If you’re getting quite a few new windows installed you can ask for a discount for buying a bulk amount. The bigger your order the more happily they’ll accommodate you. But remember to bare in mind that the company does need to make a profit and so you shouldn’t bank on getting too much off.

Be choosy on materials

It’s a fact with everything that there are going to be cheaper and more expensive ways of doing things.  This is particularly true when it comes to materials. The great thing is that with materials for your windows, the lower costing options are just as great as the expensive. For example,  wood is the most expensive window frame material. It is beautiful and traditional but it also requires maintenance. While vinyl on the other hand is the cheapest option. It is great looking and requires virtually no maintenance at all.  A happy medium price wise is Fiberglass. However, fiberglass is know to be a tricky material if not maintained correctly or if it ages badly.

Be traditional

When it comes to windows, the most common and most traditional are often the cheapest. Windows that are not rectangular or square tend to be more expensive. Just like bay and bow windows. Stay clear of hexagonal, circular and curved windows. These are where the costs can come in. The best windows you can choose are:

  • Double-hung windows – Which open or close by sliding the sashes up and down. These are some of the most popular and common window type. Single hung windows are also a good option. These only have one movable sash each.
  • Sliders – These open by sliding it’s panes from side to side. Quite like a glass sliding door. As they do not open outwards they’re great as Windows that overlook narrow parts of the yard.
  • Casement windows – Is one singular pane of glass that is hinged and opens vertically. They usually have a leaver/latch to keep them open and from slamming.
  • Fixed windows – Which do not open at all, are great for areas in the home where you want to highlight the view.

Compare

Get some quotes and compare for the best deals. Large dealers may have a wide variety for you to be able to find what you’re looking for at a fair price. But some dealers only stock one brand, this limits the choices you have as well as the price range you have. The more you compare prices the better chance you have of getting a great deal. You may find that your local glaziers have excellent rates. Start  by contacting some companies with good reputation so and go from there. You’ll be able to choose the deal that suits you the best. Local glaziers are not just about glass repair wimbledon.

If you are on a budget, don’t over look the any of the above. With these in mind, you can save yourself time and money when you’re looking to bag a bargain on windows.

Replacing the windows in my house

We have just bought a lovely new house in the country and isn’t a new-ish house it is a rather old house but it is beautiful and we love it. When we bought it when you that it needed some work doing to it which included new Windows new doors paint work regarding needed lots of work as well but we are prepared to do that because of the house so lovely in the perfect location.

We have put a lot of work into our new house we have had the inside repainted and have for some interesting colours we like white so white was used quite a lot but also we wanted to use a different colour on a feature wall which we did and we went for grey which we thought was fantastic it works really well.

We also needed to get our windows replaced which is quite an interesting job because there are so many windows to replace. Trying to count the number of windows wasn’t easy because windows are everywhere the small ones big ones rooflights glass door is double glazing triple glazing single glazing the window question is quite extensive. We weren’t sure which sort of windows we wanted to use as you know there are lots and lots of different types of windows old new style so we weren’t sure basically.

We eventually counted all the windows and they were 48 which seems like a lot but is the actual number we have in our house and doing some simple sums that was a lot of money to replace them all at once. The issue of course is getting all the windows replaced in the same format and the same style is not a simple thing to do and a great expensive though it is worth it in the long run because otherwise you have to get a glazier to come back and re-fit windows and getting a glazier isn’t easy in the first place and usually an expensive item so it’s best to plan the use of a glazier upfront.

We next needed to find a good glazier this isn’t an easy thing to do because we have no experience of the local glaziers in our area. Therefore we spoke to our friends and our new neighbours in our lovely little village to find out who they thought where good glaziers and who were not. We found a few glaziers that were recommended by our neighbours and friends we really wanted a local glazier to do the work because it’s always useful to have someone local and go back to if you have any problems especially with glass and windows.

We drew up a shortlist of glaziers came to 3 glaziers that we wanted to use so we contacted all 3, 2 of them were local and one of them was a national company and we got quotes from all three of them. Surprisingly the national company was not the cheapest, we have thought that being a national company it would’ve been cheaper because of the size and scale. We were pleased that the local company we actually preferred was the cheapest and it seems to be the most professional.

We contacted the local glazier that was the cheapest and the one we liked from the 3 to try and get some more discount because you should always try I think. We managed to get an extra 10% off of the price which was fantastic because the total cost for all the windows was a very large number it was in the thousands of pounds so very very expensive therefore, to get 10% off was a great achievement I thought and I would do because it was me who got the extra 10% off :-).

The glazier we chose was a local one as I mentioned earlier and the name of the glazier is www.gravesendglass247.co.uk. They came around to our house within four days of the order which was fine because that’s the time frame we wanted and they started work which lasted for about four days again which was agreed with us so we are very happy with the work I put in and the level of craftsmanship they adopted to get the windows in place and the way they cleared up and the whole way they dealt with the project, we were very very impressed.

I think the moral of the story is, it is important to take your time plan things and research your suppliers we had a great experience and very pleased with the windows so hopefully this is a little not lesson but maybe some advice on how to handle this if you’re thinking of replacing your own windows in your house.

Thank you for reading this I hope it has helped as I said earlier if you have any comments please get back to us with your email address and I will be happy to explain any more if I can be of any help to you thank you for now bye-bye.