uPVC WINDOWS - PRICES
When looking at the prices of uPVC windows it is essential to consider a number of issues:
What is the reputation of the dealer you are using. If they have a regular high street store then go and investigate. Quizz the salespeople. Do they know their subject well. How long has the shop been opened? Does the company have any special certification? Do they offer warranties on their products? How much do they charge for installation?
Go to the company website. How big is the site? Does it look professionally put together? Do they have a testimonials section? And if they do, does the testimonials given look credible?
Consider the locking system used on the uPVC windows you are considering on buying. The best is a multi-point locking system built into the frame. Inferior locking systems are cheaper but are not recommended because it is never wise to make compromises with your family's security.
The quality of the glass used in the window will dramatically alter the cost of the package. There are special windows such as toughened glazing, security glazing, and glazing which reduces sounds coming from outside.
The R-value of the window will affect the cost of the window. The higher the r-value the more it will cost. Windows with high r-values provide better insulation, they leak less heat than windows with lower R-values. Windows with a high R-value will save you money in heating costs in the winter.
Shipping Costs can greatly increase the cost of uPVC windows. For first may seem a bargain price for your uPVC window frame and double glazed windows may turn out to be less of a bargain when shipping costs are factored in. Buying from a local firm has the added advantage of better customer support. You can go and see the company if you are concerned about something relating to your newly bought uPVC windows if they are local. For most people this is far more satisfactory than expensive phone calls to call centres in Asia or being forced to communicate via emails which are not promptly answered because of time differences around the world.
One of the best ways to save money when buying your uPVC windows is to install them yourself. Self-installation doesn't require any expensive or unusual equipment. However, it is a complicated process and should only be attempted by people who are competent with do-it-yourself. Before installing uPVC windows yourself do your homework thoroughly. Check the internet and your local library for materials to help you get the installation right.
It is very hard to give exact prices for any window product because many variables are involved such as: glazing type, window type, lock type, installation, size and shipping costs. Also door to door sales people rely on commissions to make up the short falls in their salaries.
Instead I will cite a few case scenarios and the prices people paid to give the reader a ball park figure for what their intended uPVC window may cost.
1) A 6 sided bay window with top opening window including installation cost £1,500 ($2,300 or €1,738). This example doesn't give the dimensions of the window unfortunately.
A cost consideration with uPVC windows is the necessity of installing supporting beams for the roof of the bay because uPVC cannot support heavy loads. Another cost factor is how many opening windows you want - the more windows that open in a bay window setting, the more the cost will be.
In other forums people claim to have bought and had fitted bay windows for £1,000 ($1,500 or €1,160).
2) It is also possible to get quotes to replace all the timber frame windows and doors in your house with uPVC. This is often a good value option, especially if the job doesn't include bay windows. One company in Wales, UK offers to do 10 uPVC windows and 2 uPVC doors for £5,150 ($7,910 or €5,970).
3) Installation of French doors, back and front doors and 7 windows in Liverpool, UK cost £3,600 ($5,535 or €4,172).
For the whole list of prices for buying and installing windows in the UK go to www.whatprice.co.uk