16.03.2015 Blog

10 Step Guide To Purchasing Timber Windows and Doors

Here at Bereco we have created a step by step checklist to help you avoid common pitfalls and ensure your project runs smoothly and on budget from start to finish. Choosing the right supplier is essential and by following these 10 simple rules you will be much more equipped to make the right decision when purchasing timber windows and doors.

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1. Ensure that your supplier is financially secure.

Any reputable company will file accounts in the public domain and a simple check with Companies House or any credit rating agency will soon put your mind at ease.

2. Check your supplier is a member of a 3rd party accreditation scheme.

Look for wholly independent schemes that hold UKAS accreditation and not ones run by supplier memberships.

3. Have products been independently tested?

Check the wording, “compliant to” or “tested in accordance with” does not necessarily mean products have passed those tests. Test certificates should be sought ensuring they are from UKAS registered bodies.

4. It is essential to check that timber has been purchased from certified sources to be certain it is not the product of illegal logging activities.

Always check for either FSC of PEFC certifications. Chain of custody certifications ensure products come from well managed, certified forests.

5. The supplier should be subject to regular independent auditing of the manufacturing processes for compliance with ISO 9001. 

Look for certifications from independent accreditation bodies such as BM TRADA.

6. Don’t buy purely based on price, consider the best available option to you especially when making such a significant financial investment.

Buying the wrong style or poor quality products can have a detrimental effect on the look of your property. Well purchased timber windows can enhance the appearance of any property and add considerable value to your investment.

7. Always get a written confirmation before you agree a contract. 

This should detail exactly what you are buying, what you will pay and the terms of payment. If you are unsure of any details then don’t be afraid to ask.

8. Plan ahead and consider all literature and information carefully before you purchase.

This will enable you to be more precise regarding your requirements, this way there is less chance of misinterpretation.

9. What is the procedure if something were to go wrong?

Ensure you choose a company with UK based operations and field personnel who can help resolve issues quickly and efficiently.

10. Protect your investment by ensuring joinery is regularly maintained. 

The supplier should provide you with guidance in homeowner manuals and warranty information.

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