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Glaze a trail; windows & doors Add style and extra security to your home by installing double glazing - and save on heating bills too, writes ROB REID.

Byline: ROB REID

YOU can save money on those high energy bills and cut down on noise pollution with double glazing.

It can also pep up the appearance of your home and add to its value.

There's nothing worse than scruffy and peeling windows and doors, so investing in fresh, energy-efficient double glazing may be just what you need.

Apart from energy costs and sound issues, quality fitments will also add to the security of your property - a major consideration in this day and age.

Toughened glass and strong fittings could act as a deterrent when it comes to crimes of opportunity.

Before you sign on the dotted line, check your intended selection with your local planning department.

You may live in an area where there are special requirements in relation to style and materials so make sure you find out before you part with your cash.

As a general rule, the style of windows and doors you choose should be in keeping with your existing property, whether it is contemporary or traditional in style.

Take time to shop around to get the best value.

Don't get rushed into a deal offered by aggressive salesmen or advertisements that promise the earth.

Time taken on research will be well spent.

Check out both large and small companies. The biggest may not be the best and often local firms provide great deals because they depend on recommendations from happy customers.

As the saying goes, you only get what you pay for and the cheapest option may not be the best for you - particularly as you want the job to last as long as possible, so time and effort spent choosing your style and supplier will pay off in the long run.

One thing is for sure, the market is extensive and competitive so if you take your time, you will find what you want at the right price.

The real trick is to get the best possible value for your hard-earned cash.

Double glazing should be seen as an investment in your property and your personal comfort. Apart from the general appearance, colour and finish, there are quite a number of types of window to choose from.

There are traditional casement windows, tilt and turn, fully reversible windows or vertical sliders.

The object of the exercise is to go for doors and windows which combine elegant and attractive styling with durability and strength. There's also a bewildering range of doors on offer from man-made materials to tasteful hard wood.

Remember, security is as important as style so think carefully before you make your choice. If you can't find the style of door you like off-the-peg, or if you happen to live in an older property which doesn't match with modern standard sizes, there are a number of specialist firms who can make doors to order - and they don't have to cost the earth. If you are getting your whole house kitted out with double glazing, consider adding patio doors to your kitchen or dining room to let in more light.

If you have serious problems with noise due to heavy traffic or regular industrial noise pollution, you may need to consider treble glazing, in which case an extra layer of glass increases sound insulation enormously.

If you want to save on power bills but simply can't afford full double glazing, you could consider the cheaper option of secondary glazing.

Specialist firms will provide an extra pane of glass made to measure to suit your existing windows.

These are fitted to the interior and make quite a difference in terms of retaining heat and keeping out noise.

Their effectiveness will vary depending on the type and thickness of the glass you put in, which in turn, depends on what you have to spend.

'Don't get rushed into a deal offered by aggressive salesmen or advertisements'

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LET THE SUN SHINE IN: The advice is to shop around for the best value products on offer - there are many different types to choose from - and go for windows and doors which combine elegant and attractive styling with durability and strength
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 26, 2008
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