Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Have Questions?

We understand that you may have questions about our services, and policies. That’s why we have created this FAQ page to provide you with the answers you need. Whether it’s finding out if we are fully insured or what areas we service to just looking to find out how to arrange a survey. Check out our frequently asked questions below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, why don’t you give us a call on 0131 556 9816.

About B&M

Are you fully insured?

Yes. We are fully insured. Get in touch if you would like to discuss any specific details pertaining to your project.

Can I read testimonials about your work?

Yes. For over 53 years we have successfully completed more than 120,000 projects. We pride ourselves our high levels of customer satisfaction and the quality of our services. To find out more please have a read of some testimonials on our website. You can also find us on Edinburgh Trusted Trader

What areas do you cover?

A great deal of our work covers all your home joinery needs through to commercial work including heritage and conservation work. A significant number of our clients are in the city of Edinburgh and surrounding Lothian region areas. Please get in touch to find out more.

Is B&M Joiners and Sash & Case Windows Direct the same company?

Yes, Sash & Case Windows Direct is our subsidiary company of B&M Joiners and part of the same organisation. Please visit our website here: https://sashandcasewindowsdirect.com

Our Services

Can you fit a kitchen, bathroom or any other materials I supply?

In a word, No. Please note, we are a supply and fit only company. We only use our own trusted suppliers for all our projects: this allows us to fully guarantee our work – which is paramount in giving our customers confidence.

Do you support emergency repair work?

We do our best to assist in emergency repairs within our standard working hours. We cannot guarantee availability but we will try our best to accommodate.

Is there a guarantee on your work?

All our work comes with a standard 12 month guarantee for labour. For materials this will vary depending on manufacturer. Our new timber sash and case windows come with a 5 year guarantee, and 5 years manufacturer guarantee for the glass.

Our Process

General

How much does a typical job cost?

For some projects, e.g., Kitchens, we do give an indication of what is involved for different sizes of job, including budgets. 

For other projects there is a wide range of what can be classified as a ' typical cost.'

Most things are best defined by having a conversation with us. That is what we are here for. If you would like to have a chat about your prospective project, then please feel free to get in touch via our contact form. Our form has a range of budgets for you to select based on your project.

How long does a typical job take?

This will depend on the project. Please get in touch to discuss.

What is your current lead time?

4-6 weeks is the average, this may vary depending on the project. We are happy to accommodate smaller jobs into our schedule. Please get in touch to discuss.

Estimates

Can you price a job for me?

Yes. To help us understand the work you would like priced up, please complete our Contact Form . We appreciate it when you provide as much information as you can to help us get a full understanding of your project.

If your project requires a building warrant please ensure you have a this in place along with full set of approved warrant drawings. Without these documents we are unable to help with your enquiry.

How long is my estimate valid for?

Your estimate is valid for 30 days from date of issue.

Why do I need to fill out an online form to get an estimate?

We receive many enquiries every day which require specific details bespoke to their needs.  To help us establish these details and keep track, we need you to supply key information. Our form links directly to our customer management system where we can keep track of every single enquiry and respond accordingly.

What information do you need?

We appreciate photos and rough measurements to get started. This allows us to qualify your project and determine if a survey is required.

Please let us know your budget, this helps us to create an estimate suited to your needs.

If you are thinking of renovating a space in your home, it would be helpful to know what style you are looking for, or materials you would like to incorporate. Maybe you have images or links to similar renovations, let us know because every little bit of information will help us make suggestions.

Surveys

Can you come out and do a survey?

It is not always necessary to carry out an onsite survey. The first step is to understand as much as possible around the work you are considering. Please complete our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

What does a site survey involve?

Our office will be in touch to arrange a suitable time for our surveyor to visit.

Our surveyor will attend your property to discuss your requirements and measure necessary areas.

We will then follow up with a written estimate by email.

Payment

What methods of payment do you accept?

Our prefer method of payment is bank transfer. You can also pay by credit card or debit card via our virtual terminal at WorldPay.

Do you require a deposit before work is carried out?

Yes, we ask for a deposit. Details are on the foot of our estimates when issued.

Sash & Case Windows

Replacing your Windows

How do I measure a sash & case window?

We ask you to provide rough measurements of your windows during the estimate process. The best way to do this is to measure the width, from pulley stile to pulley stile and to wall, and the height, from sill to lintel. Diagram.

Do you install uPVC windows?

Yes, as well as traditional timber windows, we offer uPVC alternative. We also supply and fit various types of external doors.

What is the difference between wood and uPVC windows?

There are pros and cons to both options. Both will give excellent energy efficiency and will look great. Both are available with double glazed units.

Timber frames are precision-made for smooth movement. These will require regular maintenance, but proper upkeep will ensure they last a lifetime, adding value to your home.

uPVC is low maintenance and cost effective. However, plastic can discolour and can become brittle over time, and if a fault occurs, repairs are difficult to carry out and windows may need replaced if over 10 years old.

Can you replace the glass only?

No, we recommend seeking advice from a glazier.

My windows aren’t sash and case, do you install other types?

We are primarily sash and case, but we also offer other types of windows such as casement uPVC and Velux. Please get in touch to discuss your window project.

How do I care for my new sash & case windows?

Please refer to our handy guide to maintaining your sash & Case windows.

What type of glazing do you offer?

We offer 3 types: single-glazing; Double-glazing; and Heritage Double-glazing.

Renovating your Windows

Should I renovate or replace my windows?

A lot will depend on condition and what repairs are required. In some instances it may be more cost effective to replace which will give you a better performing, energy efficient window.

Benefits of replacing will instantly add value to your property, reduce heating bills and save energy, reduce outside noise while improving the overall look of your property.

It’s a tough choice if cost is an issue.

Here is a handy guide to assessing your windows.

What type of services do you offer for a window refurbishment?

We offer a solution to most common problems; re-roping sash cords; draughtproofing; sand mastic replacement; replace parting beads and brushes, baton rods, ironmongery and Simplex fittings.

Do you fit double glazed units into a single glazed sash?

No. We do not provide this service as the original sashes were made for 4mm glass. Fitting double-glazed unit into an existing single-glazed sash would compromise the strength and integrity of the sashes. We would propose a complete replacement as it is more cost effective and gives a better performing window, this is due to the draughtproofing system being fitted during the manufacturing process, ensuring precision and overall quality.

What is secondary glazing?

Secondary glazing involves adding another slimline glazed panel to the inside of your existing windows. It is an extremely cost-effective method of insulating and soundproofing your windows whilst reducing waste and resource consumption. This is more popular in A-listed buildings due to strict regulations in place.

Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas

Can I install new windows and doors in my listed property?

If you live in a listed home, windows and doors cannot be changed without listed building consent. We have a guide to help you determine if your windows require listed building consent.

How do I know if I live in a conservation area or if my property is listed?

If you are unsure of your home’s status search the Historic Environment Scotland portal

Are your windows fully compliant with current building regulations?

Yes, our windows are fully manufactured to replicate traditional features, on a like for like basis, in line with listed building and conservation regulations.

Is your timber sustainably sourced?

We carefully select reputable timber suppliers who take their environmental responsibility seriously, ensuring that every material, from chipboard and MDF to quality hardwood is 100% sourced from FSC Certified manufacturers and processors.