Building Regulations for Windows and Doors
From April 2002, replacement windows have been subject to some form of building control. This does not apply to broken panes of glass or repairs to parts of windows, but rather it applies to the complete replacement of the window frames and glazing.
As a result, if you are considering having your windows and glazed doors replaced you need to know that the company, such as Prior Products, is a registered contractor under the competent person scheme. This allows companies such as ours to assess their own work and isue a notice to the owner of the property and inform the local authority as part of the scheme. No site inspection would therefore be undertaken by the local authority if this option is used. If you are thinking of using a contractor who is not registered, a building regulations application will be required and the finished work will have to be inspected for conformity by the local authority.
The Choice is Yours
The obvious choice is to use a registered trade installer such as Prior Products. If you do, you will not need to make a building regulations application to your local council, whether this be Cheltenham or Gloucester. Your installer will ensure that your windows comply fully with the relevent regulations and you will be issued with a certificate when the installation is complete. Where applicable you will also be issued with a FENSA certificate.
To be certain that the installer is registered, look for them on the Glass and Glazing Federation website. Any certification costs involved with this type of installation would be built into the quotation you would have received for the works. Please be aware that all certification is very important and you will be unable to sell your house without it, so it must be kept in a safe place.