Thursday, 31 July 2008

Case Study: Hertfordshire

Mr & Mrs P from Herts have kindly agreed to share their SunSeeker Doors experience.

“We have a south facing garden and decided to maximise our natural light by using a full width of six folding doors from our new extension onto the patio and garden. During the planning stage, this changed to an 8ft width (three folding doors) with a large tilt & turn window either side.

“The 60s-built house had been upgraded at some point from Crittal metal windows to white PVC so we decided to match the existing style, discarding any thoughts of wooden frames. We had bought wooden framed French doors in our previous home with a south facing garden and were constantly re-varnishing, trying to stuff gaps against winter draughts where the wood had presumably shrunk and struggling with aligning the warped doors to lock them in place every summer!

“Using the Internet and our builder’s experience, we discarded PVC in preference to powder-coated white aluminium which looks like a neater version of PVC and therefore matched in with our existing windows. (This all sounds very technical for people who knew nothing about this a few months ago!)

“Again, using the Internet and our builder’s connections, we short-listed six companies. We began narrowing our choice based on total price of product + delivery + installation and, amazingly, there was less than 15% difference between the top and bottom prices. We threw in other criteria, such as: Can they supply and fit doors AND windows? Can we have integral blinds in both doors and windows? Can they install within six weeks?

“Two companies met our criteria then one found that they could not meet our deadline. The winning company,
SunSeeker Doors, offered a product that was manufactured in the UK and could have been installed within three weeks if we hadn’t wanted the integral blinds (which are from Italy, increasing the delivery time); we decided to wait the whole six weeks as south facing glass really needs to have blinds in the summer and we wanted them inside the double glazing to eliminate the need of constantly dusting ten square metres of horizontal slats!

“So, the doors and windows were installed just before Christmas whereas other companies would have delivered January or February – the ones who import from some countries said that the factories closed for a month over the festive period. How nice for the workers. Visitors to our house have been impressed with the view, the access and the integral blinds."

"We are very happy with SunSeeker Doors’ product and service."

Mr & Mrs P, Hertfordshire.


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