Sadly, many property owners are not conversant with the current England and Wales Building Regulations, which come into force the moment any homeowner decides to replace any door or window, or indeed if creating a new builders opening or adding an extension.
To avoid any nasty surprises in the future, it is therefore important before ordering replacement windows or doors that property owners get clued up on what they can and cannot do if and when replacing doors or windows. Nowadays, trying to sell a property without proof that new products added to a dwelling fully comply with the Building Regulations, can not only slow down the sale, but potentially jeopardize it and certainly will reduce what a purchaser is willing to pay.
Proof that a new window or door complies with the current Building Regulations is provided either by your local council’s Building Control Department (i.e. when having an extension or creating a new builders opening after having obtained Building Regulatory Approval from your local authority ) or by obtaining a FENSA certificate if replacing windows or doors using a FENSA registered installer. FENSA is the Government authorised Competent Persons Scheme for the replacement of windows, doors and roof lights in England and Wales.
So, to avoid the unnecessary expense of being forced to replace new replacement windows and doors by your local authority’s Building Control Officer, it makes sense to ensure that both the products you have fitted, and your installer comply with the FENSA regulations. To avoid having the wool pulled over your eyes by a replacement double glazing installer looking to cut corners, here are some of the key facts you need to know before ordering new doors or windows.
It is therefore wise to select an experienced FENSA registered installer to assist you in designing your replacements doors and windows to ensure that they fully comply with the current Building Regulations. The cost of having to replace brand new replacement windows and doors that do not comply will be far higher and disruptive than paying a bit more to install compliant products well fitted by tried and trusted FENSA registered double glazing suppliers.
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