At first glance, it may not seem like much of a problem to go online and locate a double glazing company to give you some quotes for your new home improvements, but do you really know what type of company that you are dealing with?
It could pay dividends to take a little time on making your selection and also to take as much care as you can to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company, especially as the double glazing industry has, in previous years, suffered a chequered history of cowboy builders masquerading as installers in the UK.
So how to help weed out the lower quality companies? You could start by only selecting contractors, manufacturers or installers that are properly accredited by the recognised UK Double Glazing & Conservatory Trade Associations, this will at least give you the confidence that the contractor has gone through a vetting procedure to ascertain their financial stability, level of competence and previous installation record.
Some of the main Trade Associations would be The Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF), Fenestration Self-Assessment (FENSA), Certification & Self-Assessment (CERTASS), and The Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS). The main theme of these trade association is that their members must comply with the standards of the association in order to retain their membership and installers cannot display their Logo or claim membership falsely & in the case of DGCOS, all its members must meet all its criteria at all times – for FENSA & CERTASS, these certifications are important as they allow the installer to certify your work complies with current building regulations.
Just using this one simple step could help you avoid conflict & disappointment when choosing a firm to install your double glazing, as the last thing you want is to enter a dispute about the work at a later date, especially when you could be investing several hundred or thousand pounds on the home improvements.