Maybe you are looking for new windows and doors to improve the aesthetics of your home, or offer energy efficiency due to rising energy bills, or even increase your property’s market value if you’re considering selling in the next couple of years. There are so many options that such a decision can feel overwhelming. With over 36 years of experience in this industry, Mike Martin Window Systems are here to guide you through this complicated process, please read on…
1. Determine your needs.
“Do you need new products, or can a simple repair solve the problem?”
Be very clear on why you want new windows and doors: do you want to improve energy efficiency? Do you want to alter your home’s aesthetic? Do you want to reduce noise pollution? Do you want to increase security? Do you need new products, or can a simple repair solve the problem? It’s not uncommon for our sales and design team to advise against a purchase unless necessary. If you don’t need it, we won’t try to sell it! Knowing what you want will help you narrow down your options and make the decision-making process easier.
2.Consider your budget.
“Cheap is not always cheerful.”
Windows and doors are available at a wide range of price points, it’s important to set a budget before you start shopping. Be sure to factor in any additional features you may want, such as built-in blinds, colour options, ultra-energy-efficient glass etc. Whilst the cheapest option may seem appealing, you need to consider how long you plan to stay in your home and therefore consider the long-term cost-savings that can come with more expensive, energy-efficient options. Cheap is not always cheerful, a little research alongside expert advice can save you money.
3. Choose the right installation company.
“looking at a company’s culture and reputation can speak volumes about the standard of the service you are about to receive.”
To add to the confusion, window and door suppliers or double-glazing companies are common in many parts of the UK. With so many companies to choose from, what should you be looking for and who can be trusted?
With every installation being different and bespoke to every property, as a customer it’s important to think ahead as it’s rare for every project to run completely smoothly. Looking for companies that align themselves with or are registered members of regulatory bodies such as ASSURE and are WHICH TRUSTED TRADERS should provide some much needed and valuable reassurance. Checking for genuine and the most recent customer testimonials should also give new customers an idea of what to expect. If possible, check out the premises of the company. Are they operating from an organised HQ with a team of professional motivated employees? Although it may not seem essential at the early stages, looking at a company’s culture and reputation can speak volumes about the standard of the service you are about to receive.
At Mike Martin Window Systems we encourage our potential customers to obtain a range of competitive quotes before committing to a sale. This may seem like a strange business strategy, but we want customers to feel confident and certain that they want to work with us before embarking on this journey together. We don’t advocate a pushy sales approach; we prefer to let our strong local reputation do the talking.
4. Look into different materials.
“Each material has its own set of benefits and drawbacks”
Windows and doors are available in a variety of materials, including uPVC, Aluminium and Timber. Each material has its own set of benefits and drawbacks, so be sure to research the pros and cons of each before deciding. For example, timber windows offer a traditional look and can be painted or stained to match the existing colour of your home but require more maintenance than uPVC or aluminium options. Aluminium may offer sleeker looking modern frames but can often be a more expensive option.
5. Pay attention to energy efficiency.
“you can also look for windows with a low “U-value” rating”
If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, be sure to look for windows and doors with a high energy rating. Look for windows with multiple panes of glass or windows with a low-Emissivity (low-E thermal efficiency) coating, which will help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer. You can also look for windows with a low “U-value” rating, which measures a window’s overall thermal performance. If you are building a new property or even an extension, be mindful of the latest building regulations relating to the U-values required from your windows and doors.
6. Ask for advice.
If you unsure as to what would best suit your property or what would offer you the best energy efficiency, or lowest maintenance, please contact us. With over 36 years of experience, at Mike Martin Window Systems, there is unlikely to be a property-type or situation we have not come across and been able to help our customers with.
By considering these tips, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect windows and doors for your home. Choosing windows and doors should be an enjoyable experience. For jargon free and friendly advice, please contact us today to see if we can help.