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Friday, 04 May 2012 10:18

Replacing old inefficient windows is one of the best home improvements you can make if you want to reduce energy bills, but cheap double glazing should be avoided at all costs.

As the UK slips back into another recession, homeowners will be on the lookout for a good deal and this is when the cowboys prosper.

When you’re replacing windows you want to ensure you get the very best, because good double glazing can last for over 15 years, securing your property and slashing bills.
Cheap double glazing won’t do this and instead you’ll have inefficient windows. The price of double glazing will go up with the quality, with an efficient spacer and decent width contributing to the cost.

By investing in good double glazed windows, you’ll find yourself:

· Reducing your heating bills by up to £300, as your property will be better insulated

· Keeping you home warmer all through the year and not needing to turn up the heating

· Reducing condensation build-up on the windows

· Making your home more secure, with the latest locking systems to stop intruders

Although cheap double glazing may have some of these qualities, things could go wrong very quickly and if you use a cowboy there’ll be no warrantee or guarantee. This means you’ll have to put your hand back in your pocket to pay out for new windows or repairs.

The efficiency of double glazing is often down to the spacer used and Argon, Xenon and Krypton are often favoured by double glazing companies. This spacer stops heat passing between the panes and in the summer will keep homes cooler too.

Cheap double glazing might not use one of these three and a cowboy company could do a botched job, compromising the efficiency of the panes.

By using reputable companies, who are registered with trading bodies you’ll guarantee the installation is carried out to a top standard.

How to avoid cowboy double glazing installers

If something’s too good to be true, it often is. That’s what you should always bear in mind. In that case, if a double glazing salesman can sell you cheap double glazing, there’s a reason for it.

Paying out for something, only for it to go wrong, is one of our worst nightmares. When buying double glazing you should always ensure the company is registered with a trading body such as CERTASS of FENSA.

These both ensure quality in the windows trade and carry our regular checks on the companies registered with them.

With our service you can have up to four free quotes from vetted, reputable companies who are registered with one of the industry governing bodies. These companies will provide references and the installation will be carried out to a top standard.

This is a series of guest articles written by Luke Kyte, copywriter for Quotatis. Quotatis are Europe’s most popular consumer matching service for the home improvement market. To get up to four free quotes from Quotatis or go visit their website. If you are a tradesperson you can e-mail them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call them on 08448 044 344.

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