THINKING OF REPLACING YOUR WINDOWS?

FOLLOW THESE BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES

Window replacement is a necessary and costly business – in fact, you are likely to spend more on replacing your windows than you are on a new kitchen.  So make sure you buy a quality product that is installed by a certified company.  Follow these two key guidelines to make sure you get a great result.

1.    FIND INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED ENERGY EFFICIENT WINDOWS & DOORS

New windows are meant to keep your home warm and snug and BFRC are the premier, independent authority for the rating of energy efficient windows and doors. These carry the rainbow energy efficiency label – similar to those found on fridges, freezers and washing machines.

Windows are rated from ‘A++’ (the most energy efficient) to ‘C’ and doors are rated from ‘A++’ to ‘E’.  BFRC energy ratings cover all types of window frames – PVC, aluminium, steel and timber – and all styles from modern to traditional.

Not all replacement windows and doors are energy rated – though the minimum to satisfy Building Regulations is band ‘C’ for windows and band ‘E’ for doors (or equivalents).  But to accurately compare competing products it is easiest to use the BFRC ratings and their labels.  With a BFRC energy ratings label you can be sure exactly what you are buying – and can compare competing products.

To make sure your windows and doors are as energy efficient as they claim use www.bfrc.org to search for authorised manufacturers and installers.

You can also get a BFRC Homeowner Energy Rating Certificate that states the rating of the windows ordered. This could be useful when you come to sell your home and have the mandatory Energy Performance Certificate issued.

2.    AVOID THE COWBOYS

Always use a FENSA certified installer when replacing your windows or doors.  This work has to satisfy Building Regulations.  A FENSA installer is certified and inspected to ensure their work is up to this standard.  And if there are any Buildings Regulation specific problems FENSA could help resolve it.  Search for local installers at www.fensa.co.uk.  If they’re not listed they’re NOT FENSA certified.