What is the cost of double glazing?
The good news is that the installation and replacement of double glazing is a competitive industry in the UK which means better prices for consumers. It is nevertheless an investment product with considerable technological discoveries and techniques behind it and so it is not a cheap or disposable item. Due care needs to be given to finding the right supplier and fitter at the right price.
There can also be issues with the quality of information and ethics of some dealers, so it’s important to have your wits about you and keep clear of cowboys who may use bully boy tactics to sell you cheap low quality windows at extortionate prices.
The average cost per window, depending on the size, style and quality you require, can range anywhere from between £200 to £1,000.
There are several factors that contribute to this cost including:
- The window energy rating (WER)
- The type of glass used e.g. toughened, K glass, obscured
- The quality of the locking mechanism (window security)
As standard a 10% deposit is required by most companies. Replacement window costs vary depending on supplier and materials used and so it is important when comparing prices to match like for like. Asking the simple question; how much does double glazing cost? can lead to confusion since different suppliers and installers use different methods when compiling their quotes. Try to see through any variations in wording and layout and get the heart of what exactly is being supplied and the quality of the materials being used.
- The quality of the uPVC and its guarantee
- The quality of the components that make up the window
- What are the gaskets made of?
- Are the tickle vents visible on the exterior of the profile?
- How many locking points are there?
- What security features are there?
- What glass is used? How wide is the gap? What is it filled with?
- What else is included? (fitting, removal of all waste?)
Other things to look out for when comparing double glazing costs in the UK include the level of guarantee provided and the estimated time to complete the work. Reputable fitters and suppliers of double glazing are keen to do a good job and as professionals are on-hand to answer any questions you may have no matter how small, make the most of this and clarify anything you are unsure of.
Things to look out for when looking at double glazing costs:
- Is the installer FENSA accredited?
- Are the products marked with the safety standard kite mark?
- Can the supplier show you samples?
- Does the double glazing company have local recommendations?