When considering home improvements, it’s tempting to focus on design, functionality and cost. These are all important, but you must also make sure you use the right company for the job – one that complies with current building regulations and works to the highest standards.
For windows, doors and conservatories it’s vital to use a reputable FENSA approved installer. This ensures your new installation is top quality, the work is guaranteed and it’s legally compliant.
Here is everything you need to know about FENSA.
What Is FENSA?
The FENSA scheme was created by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) in 2002, in response to changes in building regulations affecting replacement glazing.
The acronym stands for Fenestration Self Assessment Scheme, which is a bit of a mouthful but simply means that new installations of windows, doors and roof windows must meet certain standards.
The Benefits of Choosing a FENSA Approved Company
Unfortunately, some installers are less scrupulous than others. You need to be sure your hard-earned money is spent on quality products that make your home comfortable and secure. And, if you’re thinking of selling at some point, top quality windows and doors will make your house a lot more desirable.
FENSA accreditation ensures companies maintain a high degree of professionalism and comply with current building regulations.
What It Takes to Be FENSA Approved
FENSA installers are regularly assessed by FENSA to check they are continuing to offer the very highest standards of service. This gives you the peace of mind that not only will your windows or doors be correctly installed, but essential factors such as ventilation, safety and energy efficiency will be of exceptional quality.
Further Guarantees for the Customer
A FENSA installer must also protect their customers by providing a guarantee on all replacement windows and doors, and this must be backed by insurance. Generally the guarantee lasts for up to 10 years, so you can be confident that any future problems are resolved without any further expense for you.
What Is a FENSA Certificate?
You need irrefutable proof that your new windows comply with the regulations. This is where a FENSA certificate comes in. Your approved installer will send you the certificate soon after the job has been completed. This provides official confirmation of the following:
- The installation complies with building regulations.
- Your windows and/or doors are energy efficient.
- It proves the work was done to the correct professional standards.
- It verifies the guarantee is insured.
- It proves the work is registered with the Local Council (a legal requirement).
- Your buyers will need the certificate if you sell.
What Does Your FENSA Certificate Cover?
A certificate is required for all external replacement windows, doors and roof windows installed since 1 April 2002. This applies to domestic premises provided there is no change of use and the size of rooms remains the same. The entire building must still occupy the original footprint of the house.
A FENSA certificate isn’t needed for the following:
- Extensions or conservatories
- New builds
- Listed properties
- Garages, sheds or any detached buildings
- Commercial buildings
The Window Centre: Your FENSA Approved Window and Door Specialists in Devon
If you’re looking for new windows, doors or a conservatory in Newton Abbot or anywhere in Devon, you’ve come to the right place.
For top-quality windows and complete peace of mind, contact our friendly team today.