Well it?s not quite that drastic, but in order to keep in line with government legislation it?s important that all new or replacement double glazing installations are carried out to a standard that ensures the highest environmental benefits.

Professionally installed double glazed windows and doors have a significant impact on your homes carbon footprint, its energy consumption and therefore the properties overall value. Councils are in charge of ensuring that all installations meet the necessary criteria and as with all things in the modern age there is paperwork to be accounted for. Whether fitted by a FENSA registered company or other certifiable body or signed off on by the council itself, new double glazing requires the correct documentation.

Home owners from 1st October 2008 are solely responsible for the EPC (energy performance certificate) relating to their property, which is particularly important when selling.

In short, if you are investing in new windows or doors, or any double glazing upgrade, then the whole process will run far more smoothly if you take the time to source a reputable double glazing firm. Ideally they should be using high grade raw material i.e. UPVC and toughened glass and preferably be FENSA or CERTASS registered with a team of experienced fitters.

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