Getting a great price on wood sash windows for your UK home is only part of the picture. No matter how low the price, if the quality isn't superior and the contractor isn't competent, your window replacement or installation project is headed for disaster. Finding a contractor for your sash window repair or replacement project is perhaps the most difficult yet important aspect of any major home repairs you undertake. Here's some information about how to choose a contractor to repair or replace your sash windows.
The Internet is a Good Place to Start
For a comprehensive picture of wood sash window contractors, the Internet is a superior tool. Just open your favorite search engine like Google or Yahoo and type in a search phrase like "timber sash windows" + [your location]. An example of what to type would be "timber sash windows + London" (without the bold type or quotation marks). A results page will pop up with links for more contractors in or near London than you could ever find any other way. When you navigate to a contractor's web site, you'll see pictures of types of products offered, past projects, a company history and plenty of text to read about the company and why you should choose it for your replacement sash window project.
A Detailed Estimate Critical
Any reputable timber sash window contractor will want to come out to your home in order to prepare an estimate. Estimates are sometimes tricky, especially if you have bow windows or bay windows or casement windows of a non-standard size. These windows are generally more expensive because very often they are bespoke (custom made). Another factor that can drive up the cost is the type of glazing you choose. More homeowners elect double glazing windows that have a layer of air or inert gas between the panes because of their ability to provide good insulation against both heat and cold. Double glazed sash windows are pretty much the norm, so be sure your estimate includes them. If possible, choose a contractor who has a manufacturing facility so that the same company that installs them makes the windows. This will give your project continuity. Be sure the estimate includes the cost of removing the old windows and cleanup when the job is complete.
Customer Service is Key
The contractor should respect your wishes in all cases. If you ask for something that can't be done, the contractor should be able to offer reasonable alternatives. Most contractors will have a supervisor or crew chief on site when your project is underway, so make sure you know who he is and communicate any questions or issues you might have to him in a timely fashion. Wood sash windows properly installed by a reputable UK contractor will not only make your home more attractive and comfortable but also increase its value significantly.
Morris Streak has been installing timber and sash windows for the last 20 years. He is focused exclusively on the sash windows and timber window market. Since that time, he has shown hundreds of homeowners how to properly install sash and timber windows in their homes. By eliminating salesmen and installers, the owner of a typical 3 bedroom, 2 bath home can save thousands of dollars in costs, while at the same time ensuring that each window is done correctly.