Questions to Ask When Choosing Top-Quality Windows and Doors


Making home improvements is exciting for most homeowners, but when it comes to windows and doors, it is also an important investment. Windows and doors are essential for keeping your family safe and secure and, at the same time, making your home look beautiful and modern. Whether you want to replace old or tired windows and doors, or you just want to improve the energy rating and living conditions of your home, choosing top-quality windows and doors can be tricky. 

In this article, we will explore key things to ask the Brackenwood team when finding out more about this kind of project. Our recommendations are designed to suit the needs of homeowners in the South of England, where improving energy efficiency and reducing your bills is of utmost importance. The aim of this article is to prepare you for a call with one of our friendly team members who will guide you through the next steps and answer all of your questions. 

Ask for Expert Recommendations

Choosing the right type of windows and doors for your home can be difficult, especially if you are not familiar with the various materials, designs, and solutions available. One of the first questions you should ask when selecting top-quality windows and doors is whether they are suitable for your home’s location and style. This is where Brackenwood’s expert recommendations can be invaluable.

When it comes to choosing the right windows and doors, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. You need to consider a range of factors, including climate, building design, noise level, and solar exposure. Brackenwood is a widely-known, reputable window and door installer and can assess your home’s specifications, offering customised solutions that suit your preferences and expectations. We will discuss different styles of windows and doors that match your stylistic, functional, and budgetary requirements. 

Receiving advice from Brackenwood’s team of experts can save you time, money, and stress in the long-run. By assessing your home’s location, we can recommend windows and doors that can withstand adverse weather conditions, reduce noise pollution, and maximise the amount of natural light entering your home. Moreover, we will suggest designs that complement your home’s style, enhance its appeal, and increase its resale value.

Seeking Brackenwood’s expert recommendations is crucial when choosing the right type of windows and doors for your home. By partnering with us, you can be sure that you are making informed decisions that will benefit your home in the long-term. So, take the first step towards high-quality windows and doors by seeking out our trusted experts who can guide you through the selection process and ask our team about their recommendations, today.

Are They Energy-Efficient?

If you are constantly having to heat your home all year long, then there’s a good chance that warm air is leaking from your windows and doors. This is a huge problem, because as soon as your old windows start to fail, your comfort, warmth (in Winter), ability to stay cool (in Summer), and the soundproofing keeping noise outside where it belongs, all goes out the windows – literally!

We all know that the cost of living has increased. That’s why homeowners are turning to clever ways to save money. Energy-efficient windows and doors are the pinnacle of money-saving ideas. Their ability to cut your heating bills down are astonishing. Why not catch up on our blog dedicated to energy-efficient windows? You’ll find it HERE. Ask about your new windows’ energy efficiency rating, and don’t forget to ask how much you could save on your heating bills.

Read more about energy efficient homes HERE.

Ask About Our Window and Door Materials

When it comes to choosing top-quality windows and doors, it is essential to consider the type of materials used in their construction, particularly in relation to your other windows, and also the period of your home and the restrictions that may be placed upon installations such as these. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to weigh the benefits against your specific requirements. 

What type of window best suits your budget and your maintenance needs? Brackenwood’s window and door materials commonly include Timber, Aluminium, and uPVC, and specifically in relation to doors, a combination in solid Timber core composite doors. Here’s some of the things you will learn when you contact our team:


Timber is a traditional and elegant option that naturally insulates your home and provides aesthetic appeal, but it requires more regular upkeep than other materials. HERE are the reasons why some homeowners choose to replace Timber frames with uPVC ones. You need to carefully consider how Timber doors would suit your lifestyle, and is their long-term maintenance going to work for you?


Contemporary, slim, Aluminium windows and doors are incredibly robust and durable, resisting weather, pests, and moisture. There is absolutely no maintenance required, and the slim, lightweight frames allow the maximum amount of light into your home. Our Aluminium front doors are incredibly tough and secure, and our range is simply the most exclusive collection of luxury doors available in the UK. Aluminium frames are highly resistant to corrosion, fading, and impact, and they require minimal upkeep. However, they are poor insulators and can conduct heat and cold quickly, which affects their energy efficiency. Ask one of our experts if Aluminium windows and doors will suit your home. Chat to our team about the endless colour options available. HERE are 7 reasons why you should choose Aluminium windows and doors.


uPVC windows and doors are considered to be the most popular type of material. This is due to their strength, durability, and energy efficiency. uPVC frames can face extreme weather conditions without warping, cracking, or fading, and are a cost-effective installation that lasts. In fact, some of the installations we finished for homeowners in the 1980s are still going strong today! Learn more about the benefits of Brackenwood uPVC windows and doors HERE.

When choosing the material for your windows and doors, you should also consider your locality, climate, and building regulations. Our team will be able to guide you through this part of the process easily. We already cater to homes across Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire and Dorset and know each area and the local considerations needed for each region. Some materials may be more suitable than others depending on the amount of sunlight, rain, wind, or snow that your property receives, as well as the noise level and security risks in your area. By asking about the different materials available and their features and benefits, you can make an informed choice that suits your preferences, budget, and climate.

Read more about finding your ultimate window style HERE.

Certifications and Guarantees

When spending money on new windows and doors, it is important to think about what certifications and guarantees the products carry. These are a vital factor in evaluating the quality and reliability of windows and doors, so ask one of our team what certifications we carry, and why they are important. 

One of the most well-known certifications for windows and doors is the BSI kitemark, which all of our products carry. Not only do our windows and doors have it, but so do all of the materials used to complete the fitting. This kitemark tells us that the products meet strict guidelines for quality set by the British Standards Institute

We are a member of the Consumer Protection Association (CPA), and we are FENSA approved. Read more HERE about FENSA and what it means for homeowners like you. Ask our team of experts about what these certifications mean for you. We also carry the Trustmark from the Government Endorsed quality scheme.

When it comes to trust, all our products have a 10-year guarantee, so you can rest assured that our products are designed and fitted to last.

Ask About Our Security Features

When choosing top-quality windows and doors for your home, it is crucial to consider the security features that the products offer. As the most vulnerable points of entry in a home, windows and doors can be easy targets for intruders. Fortunately, you can invest in windows and doors that come with robust security features that deter potential break-ins and burglaries. 

One of the most important security features to inquire about is the type of locks that come with the windows and doors. All of Brackenwood’s products come with multi-point locking systems, which ensure that your installation is locked not just in one place, but at multiple points for extra security. 

Double glazing or toughened glass can also add an extra layer of security to your windows and doors. This makes it more challenging for burglars to force open windows and doors. 

As you assess different window and door options, consider asking our team about any additional security features that might be available. Keep in mind that these features should not only be functional, but also aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with your home’s design. By making security a priority when choosing your windows and doors, you can rest easy knowing that your family, assets, and privacy are better protected against any security threats.


Choosing top-quality windows and doors is a major decision that can significantly impact your home’s performance, comfort, and value. By considering expert recommendations, comparing materials, checking certifications and warranties, and examining security features, you can choose the best products that match your needs, preferences, and budget, so do not be afraid to ask our experts about all of the things that will make a difference to your home.

Remember that windows and doors are a long-term investment that affects not only your home’s appearance but also your safety and energy bills. Therefore, taking your time, doing your research, and asking the right questions are crucial steps for your satisfaction and peace of mind.

We have discussed the importance of selecting high-quality windows and doors for your home improvement needs in the South of England. We have explored expert recommendations for choosing the right products, the various materials available, the importance of certifications and warranties, and the significance of security features.

By following the tips we have provided, and by chatting to one of our team, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, security, and aesthetic appeal. Get the best advice and enjoy the benefits of expert installation services by Brackenwood. For lots of other handy tips and hints, head to our BLOG to find out more. 

Read more about how long it will take to install your new Brackenwood double-glazed windows HERE.