Thinking of new windows? Are you dreaming of having no draughts, not hearing next doors music at all hours, feeling warm and cosy and saving money on your energy bills? Yes, then you must be dreaming of replacement double glazed windows!
Well let’s hope your dreams come true but wait a minute aren’t there some important issues to consider? With any long term major investment in your property a degree of research and investigation is always prudent.
Did you know since 2002 the government requires that any replacement glazing installed since April 2002 must comply with building regulations. So you can’t just fit any old windows, they have to conform to current thermal performance standards. Now that may sound a bit confusing and worrying so to be sure it can be a good idea to take advice from a FENSA registered installer. They are the experts and know what they are talking about. You can trust their advice.
Once you have decided on your windows, how will you have them fitted? You don’t have to have them installed by a FENSA Fitter but the beauty of the scheme is its simplicity. Your windows are fitted and you can be sure they are compliant and you get a certificate to prove it. This certificate is essential if at some point you intend to sell your property as your purchaser’s solicitor will ask for it. So that’s another worry sorted out.
Of course you can have them fitted by a non registered company but then you will have to arrange for Building Control to visit and inspect them. This can be a nuisance timing the visit and there will be a charge which varies depending on which local authority you are in.
It may be a good idea at this point to mention the Government’s new initiative, The Green Deal, which can provide a way to finance the new windows. You can learn more about the Green Deal in a previous blog ‘The Green Deal and the consumer’
It is always a good idea to take your time and not rush in to making your decisions. That way you can be sure to avoid getting tangled up with a Rogue Trader. There are plenty of them out there which is why FENSA Fitters are vetted at the start of their registration and continually assessed to ensure standards are met.
So some things there to think about before you take the plunge. Please feel free to ask questions below or check out our Homeowner Info section on the website.