Possibly having new double glazing fitted to bungalow, what questions should I be asking?

Hi, I live in a two-bedroom bungalow on the west coast of Scotland and currently my timber frame windows, particularly those facing the southwest, look to need replacing. I have been quoted £9370 to have all my doors and windows replaced. I've attached a few images to show roughly what will be replaced, this includes a garage window and rear door to the garage. I've been advised the UPVC replacements will be fine and am meeting with a fitter tomorrow. What questions should I be asking and does the quote seem fair?



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  • youth_leaderyouth_leader Forumite
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    I'd make sure each window area had a 'small' window you can open, as well as trickle vents. 

    I've just moved into an extended bungalow and the extension windows don't have trickle vents.  As a consequence I have a condensation problem.
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    PVC should certainly be fine, and the quote doesn't jump out as being unreasonable - although i have nothing to compare it with, and I'm really out of touch.
    Have you had only one quote? And is this from a local installer?
    When we last had windows installed, I got three local outfits to quote, all of whom came with solid recommendations - all respected companies in the area. (I also got a 'National' out for a laugh. It wasn't funny...)
    Anyhoo, the quality and quotes were very similar, and the beauty of the local companies was that these were quotes, and not starting/negotiating points. (The 'National' started at 3 times the amount, and the guy was 'happy' to call his 'manager' even in the evening for this 'nice couple'...)
    What made me choose the one I went for? I asked them all for their thoughts on style, taking into account the old style of bungie we have. Only one showed genuine enthusiasm for this task, and went on to recommend 'Georgian' bars, of a particular thickness, the neatest edge'trim profile, and the best combination of openers and 'fixed' in order to look balanced. We agreed, and went with him. It was the right choice.
    So, if you don't have at least two companies hoping to have your business, then I think you may be at a disadvantage.
    What to check, compare and ask? Quality - make of PVC extrusion; thickness of frame; thickness of DG units possibly also any other 'pluses' here - self-cleaning glass, anti-glare, whatevs; quality of fittings - handles, locks, etc; profile of extrusion (cosmetic issue), and then just listen to what they say about the job - do they fill you with confidence?
    Do they listen to you? If you asked them, say, "What profile of PVC frame do you think will look best?", are they 'interested' in giving you a full answer?
    And, have you thought through the aesthetics fully - style of windows and colour? 
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    How much is it going to cost?
    What is you lead time ie when can you start
    How long will it take
    Does the price include debris away ie a skip.
    How long is the guarantee for?
    Does the guarantee cover parts and labour
    What are your payment terms
    What is the deposit

    The quote you do have, how many windows / doors is that for / what size are the windows, I suggest you ring round a few other suppliers / installers and ask them for verbal quotes

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    First question I would ask is what is the price difference to go to triple glazing. 
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    Niv said:
    First question I would ask is what is the price difference to go to triple glazing. 
    Do you think that the extra glazing makes that much of a difference?
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    I'd make sure each window area had a 'small' window you can open, as well as trickle vents. 

    I've just moved into an extended bungalow and the extension windows don't have trickle vents.  As a consequence I have a condensation problem.
    If you don't have trickle vents now and you don't have condensation problems now, then I would advise you don't have trickle vents in the new windows. Whenever I've lived in a house with trickle vents I've sealed them up to prevent noise and draughts.
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    PVC should certainly be fine, and the quote doesn't jump out as being unreasonable - although i have nothing to compare it with, and I'm really out of touch.
    Have you had only one quote? And is this from a local installer?
    When we last had windows installed, I got three local outfits to quote, all of whom came with solid recommendations - all respected companies in the area. (I also got a 'National' out for a laugh. It wasn't funny...)
    Anyhoo, the quality and quotes were very similar, and the beauty of the local companies was that these were quotes, and not starting/negotiating points. (The 'National' started at 3 times the amount, and the guy was 'happy' to call his 'manager' even in the evening for this 'nice couple'...)
    What made me chose the one I went for? I asked them all for their thoughts on style, taking into account the old style of bungie we have. Only one showed genuine enthusiasm for this task, and went on to recommend 'Georgian' bars, of a particular thickness, the neatest edge'trim profile, and the best combination of openers and 'fixed' in order to look balanced. We agreed, and went with him. It was the right choice.
    So, if you don't have at least two companies hoping to have your business, then I think you may be at a disadvantage.
    What to check, compare and ask? Quality - make of PVC extrusion; thickness of frame; thickness of DG units possibly also any other 'pluses' here - self-cleaning glass, anti-glare, whatevs; quality of fittings - handles, locks, etc; profile of extrusion (cosmetic issue), and then just listen to what they say about the job - do they fill you with confidence?
    Do they listen to you? If you asked them, say, "What profile of PVC frame do you think will look best?", are they 'interested' in giving you a full answer?
    And, have you thought through the aesthetics fully - style of windows and colour? 
    Thanks and yes, I've only had one quote and it's from a local installer.
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    kazwookie said: How long is the guarantee for?

    And is the guarantee backed by insurance ?

    The quote does sound a bit high for just 6 windows & 2 doors. But... Shipping costs to the Highlands & Islands can be quite steep. Certainly worth shopping around for other quotes from local independent fitters.
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  • Ken2000Ken2000 Forumite
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    FreeBear said:
    kazwookie said: How long is the guarantee for?

    And is the guarantee backed by insurance ?

    The quote does sound a bit high for just 6 windows & 2 doors. But... Shipping costs to the Highlands & Islands can be quite steep. Certainly worth shopping around for other quotes from local independent fitters.
    Thanks, in total, it's 7 windows and 3 doors. 
  • donemedoshdonemedosh Forumite
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    How long is the guarantee look for 10 years. What type of profile are the windows made from Liniar &Rehau are the top 2. Energy rating looking for A to A++. Window locking type & fitted trickle vents. The quote is a bit high always worth getting 1 or 2 more before making up your mind.
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