The two biggest self-certification bodies for the doors and windows (also called fenestration) are FENSA and CERTASS. In this article, we explain the self-certification process and details on FENSA vs CERTASS and the differences between the two.
FENSA and CERTASS: What is self-certification?
When it comes to buying new windows, doors or rooflights for your home, it is now necessary for home improvement products to demonstrate they are correctly fitted to meet and comply with current thermal performance standards. They are also required to meet Building Regulations. At the end of the installation, it is necessary to obtain certification that your windows and doors comply with these regulations.
Certass is a UKAS approved certification scheme. CERTASS checks that your chosen home improvement contractor is competent to carry out your door and window replacement.
FENSA was set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation as well as other glazing industry bodies and the same reassurance to homeowners as CERTASS that the contractor is checked and certified.
FENSA and CERTASS. Why does certification matter?
The requirement to certify your door and window installation is important for a number of reasons.
CERTASS and FENSA contractors are checked and qualified, giving you peace of mind protection and avoiding the worry that a tradesman may take your deposit and carry out no futher worm.
Certified new and replacement work on your home.
If you are fitting new windows and doors or replacing your existing windows and doors. FENSA and CERTASS ensure your purchase is certified and meets Building Regulations.
Selling your home is easier.
Certification to FENSA or CERTASS ensures there are no issues selling your home. It is a requirement that the window installations are registered and solicitors require the FENSA or CERTASS during the sale process.
Government Approved Schemes.
CERTASS and FENSA are both Government approved schemes operating a Competent Persons Scheme for home improvements and window/door replacements.
Your door and window installer is assessed.
FENSA and CERTASS organisations assess their registered contractors and check them annually. The standards set out by each scheme must be met. CERTASS as an example ensures deposits are protected and insurance backed, site operatives are qualified and contractors are competent to install to current Building Regulations.
CERTASS, unlike FENSA, is cheaper for window companies to subscribe to and, unlike FENSA, offers an independent Dispute Resolution Service.
What do FENSA and CERTASS mean for you buying windows and doors?
Both FENSA and CERTASS are UKAS accredited, working with the building and home improvement bodies in the UK. and both have partnerships with various other bodies.
At Newlite, we have chosen to use the CERTASS route for the certification of your window and door installation. We looked at the features and benefits of both organisations and, while very similar in the protection they provide to you, CERTASS offered more for our business. In the unlikely event that you are not happy with your installation, the Dispute Resolution Service by CERTASS we also considered important for your peace of mind.
Carrying out a quality installation and giving you great home improvement products that will enhance your home is our priority at Newlite. If you would like further information on our certification process and the quality of our windows and doors for your home, contact us today.