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Double glazing companies
Collated: October 2003; updated July 2004 and July
- We have been very pleased with AK Windows just up the road at Alresford -
good quality products at reasonable prices. It might pay you to make a 5
minute car journey and see for yourself.
- There is one on the road to Thorrington and b/sea as you leave the uni to
go to town turn right at the traffic lights towards t/ton. It's on the right.
I think it is called A and K or something like that. Down to earth no frill
- Alan installations and A & K windows are suppose to be pucker
- I have used A and K Windows in Arlesford twice (once for replacement
windows, once for a conservatory). They have always been efficient, have given
sensible quotes without making me listen to all the rubbish that the likes of
****** make you go through and they have delivered and installed within a
reasonable time. I would thoroughly recommend them as a no-hassle solution.
- A&K in Alresford are great. We've had 2 windows and french doors and 2
windows from them.
- A & K Windows at Alresford are very good. Their work is top class, with
average prices...not cheap but not expensive.
- The company I recommended is actually Colchester Windows Warehouse in
Whitehall Road (tel. 866466). I believe there may be another company just
called "Windows Warehouse".
- we've been quite happy with Colchester Window Warehouse, and found them to
- You could try Window Warehouse or Mr Plastic both will do supply or supply
and fit and are very reasonable.
- Big names tend to be very pushy and expensive. I found Atlas (a local firm
in Stanway) extremely good and very reasonable price wise. They don't use any
strong-arm tactics and will not try and get you to say 'yes' there and then
unlike the likes of ****** etc. They also tolerated me changing my mind about
window design on more than one occasion. Their only drawback is that they tend
to be very busy so you might have to wait a bit longer than with the
- Yes ,Atlas Windows
Keep away from big national companies like ******.
good things about Atlas
1. Small local company staff have in the main been there quite a long time.
2. They clear up after themselves pretty well and do a pretty good job
3. They are on the cheaper end
4. They don't employ "double glazing salesmen" i.e. the price the
salesman/woman works out is the real price, (you may be able to get a small
discount if they are doing a lot), not some imaginary very high price which
can be discounted if you sign up now - the normal DG trick.
- I used a company in Old Heath Road called Ace which I know is a naff name
but they were highly recommended and have done most of the houses in the road
where I live. They were thorough, reasonably priced and cleaned up after
themselves, and fitted a cat flap in my double glazed back door for free
later. They are in the Yellow pages and Thomsons.
- We went to' Softview' at Gosbecks, Colchester, we found them good value.
- dream windows were cheap and did a good job for us!
- used Discount Windows in Clacton when I had my windows replaced three
years ago. They were highly recommended to me and I was very pleased with the
result. I have just ordered a front door from them.
They are a small firm that seem to get most of their work through
recommendations. They seem very friendly and I have known people who have used
them since who have also been pleased.
- went with a smaller, local company to do my house. Their quote was almost
to the penny what the big guys charge and they are in Rowhedge if there is a
problem with installation. Apparently, all the firms order the material from
the same one or two suppliers in Europe. It is just the installation that sets
them apart (or so I was told by a contractor in Wivenhoe…) In any case, I used
Essex Window Supplies. By the way, they also did a glass roof for a
conservatory for me, and I was quite happy with that.
- I can recommend Ascot Doors and Windows - Gary on Colchester 542849
- You could try FV conservatories at Elmstead market. They did a good job
supplying me with a large conservatory and small window a couple of years ago.
Their prices were quite competitive then and they were prepared to follow up
some small l quibbles with the structure even after they had been paid in
- I just had mine done by a little company called Futura in Maldon. They did
an excellent job.
They have a website
- I recommend A&K in Arlsford. I had all windows installed recently and I
must say that I was very impressed. Prices may not be the cheapest but they
take good care of you. The attention is very personal and they are ready to
help at all times. No pushy salesman but good and efficient service. The
workmanship is very good and they deliver and install in reasonable time.
- We have just had our whole house double-glazed, plus a PVC door fitted.
The Colchester-based company we chose (after a lot of research) was Softview.
The salesman was marvellous, and not pushy. And the two guys that came to do
the work were polite, courteous, conscientious, worked overtime to make sure
the job was done on the day they had promised, and most importantly they
worked very very cleanly! There was virtually no extra cleaning up to be done
after them. I was seriously impressed! The window quality is also excellent,
and we are so pleased we chose them.
Unit 10, Gosbecks Farm, Gosbecks Road
Tel: (01206) 544442
Fax: (01206) 573839
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