When purchasing your windows, you will have several options when it comes to how they are supplied to you.
You can choose ‘Supply only’ or ‘Supply and fit’. We have created this handy guide to give you all the details you need.
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What is supply only?
Supply only means that you will be purchasing the windows from the manufacturer with the frames and glass fully assembled. They will also supply any accessories or additional parts you have ordered.
The buyer is responsible for:
- checking if the order is correct;
- making sure there is no damage and reporting any missing parts.
It also falls to the buyer to arrange the removal of the old windows and the installation of the new ones.
What are the benefits of supply only?
You may choose the supply only option because you want to install the windows yourself, or have someone in mind to carry out the work. If so, there are benefits to this including:
- If you have the skills to fit the windows yourself, you will save time and money.
- Your company may have experts that can complete the work.
- You will save money on labour.
- You do not have to wait for a fitting date.
What are the disadvantages of supply only?
There are some disadvantages to consider if you do use a supply only service. Here are some points you need to keep in mind:
- The manufacturer may have trained fitters, so you will miss out on their expertise.
- The windows may not be fitted correctly.
- You have to dispose of the old windows yourself.
- You may not have a warranty.
- You may not have the tools to fit the windows properly.
What are supply & fit uPVC windows?
Supply and fit uPVC windows means that the windows you have ordered are delivered to the manufacturer. They will be checked by them and they are responsible for resolving any issues.
It also means that they will fit the windows, using window installers they know and trust.
What are the benefits of supply and fit?
- You will have a guarantee with your windows and fitting
- The windows will be fitted by an expert.
- You don’t have the stress of fitting the windows.
- The work will be completed quicker.
- The fitters will dispose of the old windows.
What are the disadvantages of supply and fit?
- The installation of your windows will be more expensive
- You will have to wait for the fit to be booked in.
Warranties and guarantees on uPVC windows
When you purchase new windows from a reputable manufacturer (supply only, supply & fit), they will offer a warranty and guarantee.
This will give you peace of mind that your windows will be repaired or replaced if there are any issues.
What is the difference between a warranty and a guarantee?
When you purchase a product, there is usually an expectation it will last for a certain amount of time. Companies will usually include a warranty or guarantee with their products, but what are the differences?
- A warranty is usually a written contract that contains information about the guarantee.
- A warranty means the company will try to repair the product, but will not commit to replacement.
- A guarantee means that a company will repair or replace the product for free for a certain time.
- A warranty often only covers certain parts of the product.
- The longer the guarantee, the more confidence the company has in their product.
- A warranty is generally given for mechanical items that have a high chance of breaking down.
- You can get a refund if you have a guarantee.
What is a window guarantee?
It’s important to check the guarantee that the manufacturer is offering, so you know you’re getting the best deal. A window guarantee will usually include the following:
- Last for at least 10 years.
- Cover the frames inducing the mechanical components such as handles and locks.
- Cover against condensations between the glazing.
- Offer replacement of any faulty parts.
- The seals around the windows will stay secure.
What is a window warranty?
The installer will provide you with a warranty which covers the windows and the frames. However, they will usually only cover certain parts of the windows and glass, and the time frames can differ. Different installers have different covers, so check the fine print. The warranty will usually cover:
- The frames for at least 10 years
- The glass for at least 5 years
- The repair of any problems that occur with the windows
What is important when you buy uPVC windows?
Here are a few of the key thing you need to consider, if you’re looking to purchase uPVC windows:
- Energy efficiency – to save money on bills.
- Security – for peace of mind.
- Return on investment – if you are selling your home.
- Type of glazing – for energy efficiency and sound proofing.
- Style and design – to suit the aesthetic of your home.
Get quotes from (uPVC) window experts
You need to get in touch with a local window expert who will install your windows professionally. Hiring a qualified installer to carry out the work will ensure you have peace of mind that the work has been completed to a high standard and the work will come with a guarantee.
Head online and search for local companies who will be happy to give you a quote today.