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Double Glazing Replacement Windows – Finding an approved supplier in Norfolk

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I don’t think I had appreciated that there were approved double glazing suppliers or approved installers and that it could make such a difference. If you are considering having replacement windows and / or doors, then this will of interest to you.

So what exactly constitutes an approved supplier or installer for double glazing, why would I need one, and what is my advantage in seeking one out?

In the UK during 2009 over 23,000 cases regarding home improvements were reported to the Office of Fair Trading and after a 2 year trial the industry now has a Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme which was “formed to protect home owners from rogue traders” – I take it I now have your attention as all protection when it comes to spending my hard earned cash is more than welcomed.

If I don’t have your attention then you are very experienced, do not want double glazing, are a rogue trader or could be heading into a risk area.

We have all heard or have read on blog sites some of the classic home improvement stories (and many are just that – stories) but there are a number of genuine cases that, although make less interesting reading, are still a real nightmare for those involved.

Until I started to get into this subject I had no idea that installing double glazing replacement windows was subject to Building Regulations and if not carried out by a certified and approved industry installation team it means that the home owner HAS to get it inspected and approved by the local authority and that it is the house owners responsibility to ENSURE it complies fully with the regulations?

I also did not know (and I could have been in trouble in my last house because of this) that if you change a flat window into a bay window or have a replacement bay window installed where one did not appear before, you are supposed to seek planning approval? 

Did you know that very shortly the regulations on the energy rating will change and that installations below agreed rating levels will not be allowed, and that even now new builds must have windows installed that are A-C energy rated windows?

It seems to me that if offered a simple way of finding a properly approved supplier then it seems logical to take it.

Why do I want an approved double glazing supplier and / or installer?

We should really know the answers to all of the questions below but the truth is, especially when it comes to the financial status of the supplier we are too embarrassed to ask.

1 – Will the product supplied conform to the British Fenestration Rating Council standards – such as minimum energy saving levels?

2 – Is the supplier approved by the manufacturer and has the installation team received adequate training in this specific product?

3 -   Is the supplier and installer a member of FENSA or / and the Glass and Glazing Federation?

4 – Do they offer a deposit indemnity scheme?

5 – Is the company financially secure? (It’s not a rude question – you are possibly about to commit a great deal of money to the project and may be also required to pay a proportion in advance)   

6 – How long has the company been trading, how long installing this product, and can they produce contactable references?

If you are not fully satisfied with the answers (and it may not always be possible to get a yes to all of them) then move on and find an approved supplier.

If these questions as shown above are so simple then why don’t we ask them?

Do we have the ability or time to inspect previous work, check their books over etc – Let’s face it – it’s not going to happen is it? 

How do I get approved supplies and installation fitters in Norfolk?

Simple – find out if they are FENSA members – If they are they will have been vetted and in the case of the installer will be capable of self certification – i.e. he can sign your certificate verifying that it meets building regulations and with this, you do not have to seek local authority approvals – he and your supply should also have sought any necessary planning approvals and the product will be approved and where appropriate will have its energy rating.    

Let’s take a quick look at the products we are buying into and establish a few simple rules.

How can buying replacement double glazed windows benefit me?

 Very simply the recognised advantages are as follows:

  • Lower energy bills.
  • Reduced personal carbon footprint.
  • More comfortable and cosier home.
  • Peace and quite.
  • Low maintenance no need to constantly re-paint (except with timer frames).
  • Reduced condensation.
  • Easier to sell the home.
  • Possible increase in house value

What can I expect in terms of energy saving from double glazing?

This is a bit like how long is a piece of string, as the answer has so many variables

1 - What energy rated windows have you installed?
2 - Do you have adequate wall and loft insulation?
3 - Is the property properly draught proofed?
4 – Is the property an end terrace / mid terrace/ bungalow / detached etc

All of our homes lose heat (energy) through the windows, doors, and double glazing is an effective way of reducing this energy loss and subsequently also reducing our heating bills.

Search for an approved supplier in Norfolk – We cover all the following areas:

Acle, Aslacton, Attleborough, Aylmerton, Aylsham, Bacton, Banham, Blakeney, Bodham, Burnham Market, Cawston, Cley next the Sea, Cringleford, Cromer, Dereham, Diss, Ditchingham, Downham Market, Easton, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Harleston, Holt, Hunstanton, Kettlestone, King's Lynn, Loddon, Ludham, Mundesley, North Walsham, Norwich, Sheringham, Snettisham, Thetford, Thornham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Wroxham and Wymondham.

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Norfolk – Did you know…?

Of the 34 non-metropolitan English counties, Norfolk is the seventh most populous, with a population of 816,500. However, as a largely rural county it has a low population density, 152 people per square kilometre, making it 25th highest by population density. This is reflected in Norfolk's economy which is dominated by agriculture and tourism. The Broads lie partly within the county. A recent bid to have them declared a National Park failed, because it would have meant conservation being more important than navigation. Historical sites, such as the centre of Norwich, also contribute to tourism.

The Norfolk Dialect also known as "Broad Norfolk" is the accent/dialect of people living in Norfolk, although over the modern age, a lot of the vocabulary and phrases have died out due to a number of factors such as radio, TV and people from other parts of the country coming to Norfolk. As a result the speech of Norfolk is more of an accent than dialect though one part retained from the Norfolk dialect is the distinctive grammar of the region.

 

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