One of the things on our 10 point project list for this year, is sorting out/ replacing at least some of the windows in our house.
Just after moving in we replaced the windows in the living room and in the office, but all the others still need either repairing or replacing.
The lack of maintenance probably hasn’t helped – prepare yourself – this is what the windows looked like when we moved in.
And that’s on the inside! They’re obviously a lot cleaner now, but they have seen better days. Some of the hinges are worn and a lot of the double glazed units have misted.
We’d also like to reinstate the stained glass panels, like on the windows we’ve already replaced in the living room and office. Luckily we know what the design would have originally been, as the glazing in and around our front door is still original and because our direct neighbours still have their original stained glass panels.
Here in the UK, it’s important to use a FENSA approved contractor. Once they have installed your windows, they will issue you with a certificate stating that the installation complies with Building Regulations.
This included things like the type of glazing used, minimum U-Values and safety glazing.
We’ve already had a few companies round to give us quotes for the work, but we’ve still not decided what to do as the prices that came back varying significantly.
For instance the price to replace our guest bedroom window varies from £400 to £920! It’s a shocking difference, especially considering it’s for the exact same thing.
We don’t believe in necessarily choosing cheapest company, as we feel that the price has to be both fair and reasonable for us, but also large enough for companies to make a profit. Having said that, we really don’t have cash to splash, so are always keen on getting the best price.
Comparing quotes can be difficult. We were very specific about the type of window we’d like as we’d like them to be exactly the same as the ones we’ve already replaced. Being specific about what you want will also make your quotes more comparable.
Have you ever had windows replaced? Or have you ever had building quotes come back that vary by huge amounts?