Top 10 Tips to Buying High Quality Replacement windows

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1. Your window should be firmly secured to your brickwork. Avoid timber packers and expanding foam at all costs as this just does not last and is easy for a burglar to rip out.For more information, visit their website at Zen Windows St. Louis

2. Look for steel reinforcements within any PVC frame. It should be throughout the entire frame with the exception of the corners. This is essential as this protects your glazing unit from blowing and getting condensation between the glass.

3. Only buy virgin grade PVC with calcium organic stabalizers. This quality is the only grade of PVC that will still be legal in 2015 and will be guaranteed to keep their colour for 20 years.

4. According to Which magazine, the optimum air gap between a double glazed unit is 20mm, this gives you the best sound reduction and thermal efficiency. When buying a replacement double glazed unit ask for proof that you are getting an A rated window.

5. To get a 20mm air gap you need a very solid window to support this weight hence the need for steel reinforcement and they also need very strong locks and hinges.

6. The number one security tip is always insist that your glazed unit is fitted from the inside of your home

7. All quality replacement double glazing have a double draft proofing strip to make them storm proof.

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8. It is now illegal to fit upstairs windows that can not be cleaned from the inside and open in such a way you can use them as a fire escape. Warning illegal windows can stop a house sale in its tracks.

9. Ask to see proof of a BBA certificate number. The BBA test is an independent European recognised method of testing the entire system.

10. Insist on a lifetime guarantee for the sealed glazing unit to ensure you are covered should your glazing ever develop condensation between the double glazing.