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How to Pick a Reputable Double Glazing Company

How to Pick a Reputable Double Glazing Company

One of the most popular types of home improvement carried out by homeowners is the installation of double glazing. This is an improvement that can provide you with many benefits, but in order to reap the rewards of having double glazing you need to ensure that it is properly and professionally installed. Most of us have seen the horror stories on TV where homeowners have ended up with shoddily fitted windows and doors that offer little to no benefit. So, how can you ensure that the double glazing company you choose is a reputable one?

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Tips on choosing a reputable provider

There are a number of different factors you need to take into consideration in order to boost your chances of finding a reputable company that will do a great job when it comes to your double glazing. Some of the qualities you should look for include:

  • Experience and longevity: Ideally, you should look for a double glazing company that has been in the business for a reasonable amount of time. This means that the company will have a good level of experience and expertise when it comes to double glazing. A company that has been in the business for a long time will most likely have also built up a solid reputation.
  • Good customer feedback: While all double glazing companies will tell you what a great job they can do, the best way to clarify this is to get it straight from the horse’s mouth – the horse being a past customer that has already tried and tested the company. Looking at customer reviews and testimonials is a great way of learning more about what to expect in terms of quality and levels of service.
  • Security of doors and windows: It is important to remember that your doors and windows play a huge part in the security of your home. You should therefore ensure that the doors and windows supplied by the company meet official security standards as set by the British Standards Institute. Make sure you check any accreditations via documentation.
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  • FENSA registered company: Look for a company that is FENSA registered, as this can provide you with greater peace of mind with regards to compliance with building regulations. It can also save you the time and cost of registering your door and window installation with local authorities. In addition, it means that the company has been inspected and vetted to meet certain standards and competencies.
  • Solid guarantees: You should make sure the company you choose is able to offer a solid guarantee in writing with regards to the work carried out. This means that in the event there is an issue the company is committed to putting it right.

Making sure you get competitive pricing on your windows and doors is also very important. However, make sure you do not compromise on quality or service in order to get the cheapest prices. You should take the cost into consideration but do not focus solely on pricing.

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Fitting Cat/Dog Flaps in Double Glazing

Fitting Cat/Dog Flaps in Double Glazing

Fitting Cat/Dog Flaps in Double Glazing Doors & Windows

As a nation of animal lovers, we all want to ensure that our pets are well looked after and are able to enjoy some level of freedom at home. For many pet owners, this means fitting a cat or dog flap so that their pet is able to come and go as they please rather than having to try and get someone’s attention to go in or out. In addition, fitting an animal flap means that you are not going to be constantly hassled by your pet and you are far less likely to tread in something undesirable that has been deposited on the floor by your cat or dog.

doggie - cat flap
doggie – cat flap

In years gone by, animal flaps were easily fitted into traditional timber doors. However, these days more and more people are opting for double glazed doors due to the range of benefits that double glazing is able to provide. If you have double glazing or plan to have it installed, you don’t need to worry as you can still have an animal flap fitted into double glazing, which means that your pet still gets to benefit from the freedom to go outside when it needs to.

New double glazing

If you are planning to have double glazing installed but have not yet ordered your units, you should think about where you want the cat flap. This is because the flap can be installed into the double glazing at the manufacturing stage, which is the simplest and most efficient method. Therefore, make sure you advise the double glazing company you use about your need for a cat/dog flap at the ordering stage so that this can be incorporated into the cost.

doggie - cat flap
doggie – cat flap

Once this has been done, the double glazing company can come and install your double glazing as normal and you will already have your animal flap installed ready for use by your pet.

Existing double glazing

If you already have double glazing installed, you need to make sure you don’t just start trying to make holes in the unit yourself. Apart from anything else, you need to remember that this is a sealed unit and this type of damage can result in air entering and misting up your glass. What you can do is contact a double glazing company to discuss getting a new piece of glass with the cat flap preinstalled. This can then simply be used to replace your old glass, which is a process that a reputable company will be able to complete with ease and speed.

doggie door in home - cat flap
doggie door in home – cat flap

In short, having double glazing doesn’t mean that your pet has to be confined to the house forevermore. By ensuring the double glazing company is aware of your need for an animal flap or by contacting a professional to come and assess your existing double glazing, you can get a flap fitted without any problem. Some companies are able to supply the pet flaps as well as install them while others will be happy to use an animal flap that you supply yourself.

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