Double Glazing Grants: Fact or Fiction?
Some local councils have a limited amount of grant funding available for low-income households. You would normally have to be in receipt of certain benefits, tax credits or allowances and you may also need to be above a certain age.
As demand for these schemes is high and there are limited funds available, waiting lists are normally very long. Most householders will not qualify but if you feel you could be entitled to a Local Authority grant, you should contact your council directly.
Window Scrappage Schemes
At present, there are no official scrappage schemes available for double glazing. The Glass and Glazing Federation have petitioned the UK Government with 4,467 signatures calling for a cash incentive of £1,000 to be made available for replacement Energy Efficient windows. This petition was submitted in March 2010 to 10 Downing Street but it is not yet known whether it will have any impact.
Even a scrappage scheme were introduced, it could end up being as popular as the Government’s Boiler Scrappage Scheme introduced in January 2010. This scheme provided a £400 voucher towards the cost of installing a new boiler, providing the old boiler was G rated and certain other conditions were met. Within three months, all vouchers had been allocated and the scheme was closed to new applications.
Some double glazing companies have promoted their own window scrappage schemes in recent months. However, they are nothing more than a marketing tactic and are not official Government-backed schemes.
Double Glazing QUOTES
The majority of householders will not qualify for a double glazing grant and window scrappage schemes do not yet exist but there is another option available to all UK home owners and landlords. It is possible for an independent organisation to arrange for up to three reputable local installers to provide free quotations. Each installer knows that they are competing against each other which drives down the price and can often save you up to 75% off the cost of your double glazing.
All double glazing installers are fully vetted which means that you will not be visited by any rogue tradesmen. All suppliers offer free advice and the quotations you will receive are completely free of charge.
Even though the quotes are extremely competitive and can result in big discounts, not everyone can afford the up-front cost of new windows, doors or conservatories. The good news is that in addition to receiving free quotes, if you decide to go ahead with any work, a competitive finance package is also available, subject to your circumstances.
So whilst the vast majority of home owners cannot receive a grant and there are no window scrappage schemes available, the alternative is just as attractive if not more so. Up to 75% discount achieved through free, no-obligation quotations is something that anyone considering fitting new or replacement double glazing should consider.