Since 1st April 2002, FENSA members have been providing their customers with a FENSA certificate following any window or door replacement works. This certificate serves as a guarantee that the work undertaken meets building regulations.
What is FENSA?
Their website defines FENSA (Fenestration Self-Assessment scheme) as: “A government authorised Competent Person Scheme for the replacement of windows, doors, roof windows and roof lights in England and Wales against the relevant building regulations.”
Why should my window installer be FENSA registered?
Your own peace of mind aside, a FENSA certificate is required if you ever choose to sell your home, and, not surprisingly, only FENSA-registered installers have the authority to provide you with one.
Without this, you will need to go to your local authority in order to obtain another certificate to confirm any replaced windows or doors meet the relevant building regulations. However, this will involve a visit to your home for an inspection of the work carried out, and there are costs involved.
Worse still, if your windows don’t meet building regulations, you’ll need to pay someone to come and carry out the relevant work retrospectively (which of course means further £££). Ouch!
And FYI, these inspectors can always tell if the work is up to regulation standards!
Do I need a FENSA certificate for my new conservatory?
No. Nor do you need one for a new orangery, or a new porch. The certificate is to cover windows or doors (which are at least 50% glazed) which have been replaced.
What you can be assured of, however, if you’re building a new conservatory (or orangery, or porch), is that The Window Company will carry out works in compliance with the glazing requirements of Approved Document K (Document N in Wales) – covering protection from injuries to the homeowner with the installation of safety glazing, a means of escape and the ability to lock up securely.
So, The Window Company are FENSA registered?
Yes! But that’s not all. The Window Company also:
- Offer their very own rock-solid 10-year guarantee
- Are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen
- Are ‘FairTrades’ registered tradesmen
- Are a Which? Trusted Trader
For more information, visit the FENSA website.