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Making An Informed Decision When Installing New Windows

Whenever a property owner desires to change their windows, a number of aspects should be borne in mind first. For example while most properties will be able to change windows without the councils permission to do so, the building regulations should always be considered prior to any work taking place. The most notable example is that listed buildings and those in conservation areas may have very strict rules in place. These rules may limit the style of windows that can be fitted and could even negate the use of double glazing in some cases.

But there is another aspect to building regulations in general concerning new windows. The regulations state that all windows should offer a minimum value with regard to the insulation levels they provide.

FairTrades like many other trade bodies recommend that you only use experienced and certified contractors registered with BM Trada, FENSA or Certass who belong to a recognised glazing trade association.

This should be the case anyway, as it will ensure that the work you receive is of the best quality. But it is also the easiest way to make sure that your new windows adhere to all the up to date building regulations and that you receive a high quality guarantee against the quality of work completed at the time of installation. Using a double glazing company which belongs to an trade association also means that in many cases the customer is given deposit protection insurance and an insurance backed guarantee to covers the home owner should the double glazing company they used go out of business. This protection can last for a period of up to ten years after the work is done.

BM TRADA is a leading international certification body operating in more than 70 countries worldwide. Accredited by UKAS and with almost 40 years experience, it is recognised and respected around the world as a leading authority on management systems, chain of custody, product and personnel certification. All FairTrades Registered members are offered the opportunity to use the BM Trada self-certification scheme, however this is a voluntary service and many of our members may use an alternative option. FENSA is a self certification scheme that double glazing installers can join and Certass is another. Certass stands for Certification and Self Assessment. Certass allows members to issue Compliance Certificates.

It is always best to choose an installer that is a member of one of these schemes. FENSA is short for Fenestration Self Assessment Scheme. Every member of the scheme must ensure that building regulations are adhered to with every new installation they take on. This includes ensuring that the required windows open enough to escape through should a fire occur. In addition if there should be less than 800mm between the bottom of the window and the floor and safety glass should be installed.

Insist on an Insurance backed Guarantee from your double glazier and references of previous happy clients before you agree on any work. It’s your home and you deserve only the best companies working on the house. Call us if you require any further help with or information on the supply or sourcing of Insurance Backed Guarantees - best of all - there are NO no usage fees when your business chooses FairTrades as its preferred Glass or Glazing Association.

FAQ Glazing

Home owners frequently ask very similar if not the same questions regarding doule glazing. Here are a few examples of some of the most common questions.

Is planning permission required for new windows?

In many cases the answer will be no if you are considering replacing the windows in your existing home. Obviously if you want windows in an extension you will need to gain permission to build that extension.

There are caveats to this however. For example if you need or intend to undertake structural work when replacing the windows, planning permission may be required. Did you know that you will need planning permission if you are adding a new window in part of your property where one does not currently exist? The golden rule is to seek advice if you are in any doubt or you intend to make a significant change to your windows or structure. Phone your councils planning department or go online and check out your councils web site for details on planning permission. Regulations do vary between authorities.

Modified on 10/5/2012

How Important Is The Safety and Security Aspect Of Buying uPVC Doors and Windows?

This aspect is always immensely important with regard to all windows. This is why the building regulations stipulate the use of safety toughened glass where there is less than 800mm between the bottom edge of the window and the floor.

Modern double glazing units are also much more secure than many older windows. They comprise a locking system that is very difficult to breach from the outside. Not only does this make them more energy efficient, they also provide a greater level of security than older windows previously had.

New windows also need to provide a certain level of safety with regard to a means of escape. If there should be a fire, you need to be able to get through the window opening without any problem. One of our BM Trada, Certass or FENSA registered installer will be able to give advice on this point.

Modified on 10/5/2012

Who are BM Trada?

BM Trada is a government approved Competent Person Scheme (CPS) in England and Wales. BM TRADA is a leading international certification body operating in more than 70 countries worldwide. Accredited by UKAS and with almost 40 years experience, it is recognised and respected around the world as a leading authority on management systems, chain of custody, product and personnel certification.

Modified on 10/5/2012

Who are Certass?

Certass is a government approved Competent Person Scheme (CPS) in England and Wales that allows individual contractors and companies to self certify that their work is compliant with current building regulations. All replacement window and door installations to the existing domestic dwelling are covered by Certass.

Modified on 10/5/2012

What is Fensa?

FENSA stands for the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme. When replacing windows and doors, home owners must comply with the latest Building Regulations for double glazing. Fensa enables companies that install replacement windows and doors to self-certify compliance under these Building Regulations without the need for a separate assessment from Building Control.

Modified on 10/5/2012

The difference between double and triple glazing expained

Double glazing units have two panes of glass within a highly specialised uPVC frame whereas Triple Glazing incorporates three panes of glass. Different countries have different needs and here in the UK current double glazing replacement windows are considered to be more than efficient enough for our current needs. Currently the Building Regulations require newly installed windows to have a U-value 1.6 or less.

Double glazing windows absorb about as much heat as they let out while triple glazed windows absorb just a little less heat than double glazed windows will.

Modified on 11/30/2012

Ways to make your home more energy efficient

If you are considering all the ways you could make your home more energy efficient, double glazing is one of the first things you should look at updating, along with cavity wall insulation and roofing insulation. Only then does it make sense to consider a solar pv installation. Read full article - click here

Modified on 27/01/2015

Is there a regulations guide for home improvements

There are many, here is one which is very helpful and should get you asking the right questions. Building work, replacement and repairs download leaflet by the DCLG

Modified on 27/01/2015

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