“Survival Rules”: how to choose the right window
Instead of new windows – installed second-hand! Such stories often happen to buyers of plastic windows. The host of the “Rules of Survival” program on Inter TV channel Vera Borsuk turned to experts for advice on how to choose a window company that makes a high-quality product, as well as on the characteristics that modern windows should comply with.
In modern homes, plastic windows almost everywhere replaced the wooden ones. They have enhanced sound insulation, do not let in cold, dust and water, and are less demanding in maintenance, compared to wooden structures. However, these properties are preserved subject to the acquisition of a quality product and its proper installation.
To avoid controversial issues, carefully read the text of the contract and do not agree to the services of outsiders. When buying windows from promoters offering products on the street or in transition, you run the risk of facing fraudsters who may in the future, examine the situation in your apartment, lead the robbers, or take money from you and deliver a product of inadequate quality, or take money and just disappear. In this case, contact the police. If the windows are of inadequate quality – in the State Food Service.
According to the leading program “Rules of Survival” is very important and the time of payment. If you pay in cash, then it will be very difficult to prove later that the window was purchased from this distributor or dealer. It is better to pay through the bank – you will know who you pay money to.
When choosing windows you need to pay attention to soundproof, heat-insulating and lighting characteristics. Alexey Bubnov, executive director of the Association of Participants of the Window and Facade Market, considers:
How to choose windows
Metal-plastic window in terms of design is a technically complex product, it has a lot of characteristics. You do not have to know or understand them all, but ask the manufacturer to provide their specification or passport to the product that confirms these characteristics – your right. Also your right to ask for confirmation of these characteristics.
In order for the windows to respond to sound-proofing, heat-insulating and lighting characteristics, it is necessary to choose two-chamber double-glazed windows with two low-emission glasses.
It is recommended to use argon as a fill between the panes. Visually check for argon is impossible. It is necessary to require documents confirming that this window has been tested for compliance with the requirements of European standards.
The thickness of the window structure is also important. If you are offered a window thickness of 60 mm – this is an outdated option. Now the window profile system should have a depth of at least 70 mm.
Do not try to measure the windows yourself – invite experts who will take into account the material of the wall and the slope.
Installation of windows should also be done by a qualified technician. If the sealing layers under the bead are broken, the windows will not last for a long time. Any divorces that appeared on the glass or small spots in the winter time indicate that moisture has already appeared there and the glass unit does not work as it should. On windows that are installed incorrectly, condensation may occur, mold will blow through the assembly seam.
When choosing a company that installs windows for you, check:
the presence of the consumer’s corner;
certificate and declaration of conformity;
windows test report