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
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.