Do my uPVC double glazed windows need to be Fensa registered?

Every now and then, the Landmark Windows team receive questions regarding Fensa registration. So, if you’re looking into upgrading uPVC Plymouth double glazing any time soon this blog will be an essential tool to how you choose your home improvement installer in the future.

What is Fensa?

Fensa stands for the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme. As a government authorised Competent Person Scheme, it covers the replacement of existing uPVC windows, doors, roof windows and roof lights in accordance with Building Regulations that govern England and Wales.

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What does it mean if my Plymouth double glazing is Fensa registered?

Fensa registered Plymouth double glazing installers have been assessed for their capability and competence in adhering to the relevant Building Regulations when carrying out replacement window and door projects. As well as ensuring compliance and reliability, Fensa registration also saves time as there is no need to wait for a local authority inspection – on average, a Fensa certificate only takes 2-4 weeks to be issued.

Does my uPVC Plymouth double glazing need to be Fensa registered?

The Fensa scheme is essentially in place to protect homeowners. Before Fensa membership can be granted, each installation team must meet the individual compliance (MTC) requirements. Therefore, as a consumer, Fensa registration offers solid peace of mind that they can deliver expertise in both knowledge and practical ability within the Plymouth double glazing industry.

If a Plymouth double glazing installer is not Fensa registered, they will need to obtain a certificate from the local authority Building Control. This can take up to 2 months, but the danger with using a non-Fensa member is that the building work may not end up successfully complying with Building Regulations. If proper building control procedures aren’t followed correctly, prosecution and enforcement notices may follow.

Does my uPVC Plymouth double glazing require a Fensa certificate?

A Fensa certificate is required when a window is completely replaced, which means the frame and the glass.

If your installer is Fensa registered and the improvement work was carried out after 1st April 2002, a Fensa certificate must be issued. If the installer is non-Fensa registered, they must obtain a completion certificate following a successful building control inspection.

How do I find out if a Plymouth double glazing installer is Fensa registered?

Fensa members are issued with co-branded installer cards, that contain a hologram, photo identification, personal ID number and company number. If you are unsure of their credentials, take these details and check the business via the Fensa glazing installer search facility.

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PVCu Plymouth double glazing you can trust

If you’re looking for a double-glazing specialist in Plymouth that you can trust, as certified FENSA, GGFI insurance-backed and Trustmark accredited installers, contact a Landmark Windows expert today for all your double glazing needs. Specific areas we serve include Plymouth, Exeter, Okehampton, Launceston, Kingsbridge, Looe, Wembury, Salcombe, Noss Mayo, Paignton and Torquay.

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