What do I need to know when buying windows?
A well-marketed window vs. a well-made window
In our experience, many products have a vast amount of money spent on their marketing and little money spent on manufacturing the actual product. Lots of advertising, magazine adverts and a strong presence at exhibitions can all be early warning signs of this kind of product.
Many prospective customers finding our website will have scoured the internet to find quality windows and found very few contenders to get their quotations from. There are very few companies selling German-made windows in the UK and with good reason.
The differences between German and UK building regulations, and the different makeup of German buildings and German windows versus UK buildings and windows, mean that the product must be selected carefully before bringing it to the UK market.
This is where Enlightened Windows has found its niche. Our staff thoroughly understand modern methods of construction and our existing UK housing stock. We pride ourselves on helping our customers carefully select the best product for their homes, and have prudently selected our range from the whole of the German window market to bring the most suitable offerings to our shores.
If it looks and feels good…
Many common-sense principles will be able to tell you how good a window manufacturer is. Here are some things to look out for:
- Check the physical weight of the product.
- Do the seals in the corners of the windows meet? It sounds incredible, but with mass manufacturing, it is often not the case.
- To what tolerance are the windows made?
- Look to see if the timber being used is laminated. It should be.
- Are the mitres on aluminium frames welded?
- Is finger jointed timber being used in the manufacture of the window? This is often a cheat’s way of being able to use cheap timber and have little waste instead of buying good quality high grade joinery timber.
- Is the face timber of the window guaranteed to be knot free?
- Are the window seals made from foam rubber or solid butyl rubber? Butyl rubber lasts and lasts and lasts. Foam rubber degrades relatively quickly and loses its elasticity and, with this, the window loses air-tightness. Have you ever fitted draught seals round a door? They are quickly squashed as the door sits against the frame and need replacing within just a few years.
We are proud to say that all of our German windows are made using only the best quality materials and standards
Rate each product against your criteria
If you have not been able to answer ‘yes’ to the majority of the above questions, you are probably looking at a well-marketed window. In practice, this means that the majority of your spend is contributing to advertising costs, rather than the quality of the product. Like buying a good wine, with a little knowledge of the basics, you can learn how to spot good quality in your windows.
The German way: Tilt Turn German Windows
Many of the German factories we work with operate across a small geographical area and don’t advertise at all. Many are family companies that make the finest-quality products and have done so for generations. They have a reputation, a well-respected product and, for this reason, people in the area will naturally buy from their local window maker which has survived in business by providing superb quality. Although we are all English, at Enlightened Windows, we have very strong German and Scandinavian business connections.
Strategically, we buy a product that has a higher-than-average cost of manufacture, as we know that outstanding quality will accompany this – and this is what makes us unique as a company. Don’t just take our word for it, come and see some German tilt-turn windows, and you will be pleasantly surprised. Alternatively, get in touch directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form below.
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