To give you a few ideas on saving money, here are 5 things to think about:
Window energy ratings provided by the BFRC (British Fenestration Rating Council) run from A to G. There are also ratings for A++ and A+.
A++ rated will carry the highest price and be the most energy efficient. If you buy B rated windows instead, you will hardly notice the lower energy savings on your household bills and certainly won’t be able to tell the difference visually. You will however, notice the difference in price.
Installers & Manufacturers of UPVC windows charge extra for each section that opens & closes. So if you don’t really need to have double or triple openers, just opt for 1 and save money.
If you want cheap UPVC windows, stick to white. Coloured frames or those with wood-grain effect can cost 20% more than white frames.
As much as the big companies will push the message that they give the best quality, have good back up service etc, etc, etc, you will get just as good (in some cases better) quality and service form a local company. In many case the cost will be significantly lower for the same quality product.
Get at least 4 or 5 quotes – in writing – from a selection of suppliers. Make sure they are GGF / FENSA / CERTASS or DGCOS registered. Then compare the deal on offer for the best price / product combination (you can do that here: www.doubleglazing-pro.co.uk)