For many of us buying windows and doors for your home can be a once or twice-in-a-lifetime experience. So, it is perhaps not surprising that it can be a little bewildering. After with many other things that we buy it can be very apparent why something is more expensive than another. Utilising our nearly 40 years of experience we outline in this blog some of the reasons why prices that you may be quoted may vary.
The cost of new uPVC doors and windows is influenced by several factors, including:
Starting with the most obvious, the number, size and type of door or window. The larger the door or window, the more it will cost. The type of door or window will also affect the price, with more complex designs costing more.
The quality of the materials. Higher-quality materials will cost more, but they will also last longer and be more energy-efficient. Generally speaking, for example, the higher the energy rating the more expensive the product, but then the greater the reduction in your energy bills.
The cost of raw materials. Energy price increases have impacted us all and glass manufacturers for example are no exception. This is just one factor in a 15% – 20% increase in the cost of the glass that goes into UPVC windows over the last 2-3 years.
Any peculiarities about the property and how easy it is to access? Will scaffolding be required for example?
The level of security. More secure doors and windows will cost more, as they will be made with stronger materials and have more built-in features to deter burglars.
The geographical location. The cost of uPVC doors and windows can vary depending on the location. In general, they will be more expensive in urban areas than in rural areas – although this applies more in bigger cities.
The installation. The cost of installation will vary depending on the complexity of the job and the experience of the installer, as well as the number of fitters required and how long they will be required for.
The size and structure of your supplier. A one-man band may be cheaper, but do they have the right level of expertise, do they really specialise in installing new windows and doors. What warranty or aftercare service will they provide? Are they registered with FENSA government-authorised scheme that monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors.
So, all in all, maybe there is more to consider when purchasing new uPVC windows and doors than you may have first thought. To be able to take all of this into consideration though you will of course need a quotation that contains this kind of information, certainly try to avoid situations where you are given a verbal quote or simply a price with no details of specification.
If you are considering new uPVC windows and doors, then why not contact Glevum Windows for more information or a no-obligation quote by calling 0800 33 22 55 or by visiting www.glevum.co.uk