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    Do I need FENSA approved contractors to replace double glazing panels (not the entire unit)?

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    Got a few misted up panes so just want to take them out and re-fit new ones rather than replace the entire units.

    Do I really need A FENSA approved contractor to do this or can I do it myself?

    Thanks

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    I don't think double glazing is subject to any of the stringencies regarding works like gas etc.

    So, I don't see any reason you can't attempt this yourself.

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    moob;8486304

    I don't think double glazing is subject to any of the stringencies … I don't think double glazing is subject to any of the stringencies regarding works like gas etc.So, I don't see any reason you can't attempt this yourself.


    Cheers, I do know that FENSA approved contractors have to install new units OR you can do it yourself but have needed approval from local council building regs (Part L???) since 2002.

    just thought I might not need council approval if its just a straight pane replacement. :thinking:

    No idea where I'd get replacement panes from though lol

    It is easy to do yourself. I have had to remove units in my house so I know it is simple, but get help if you have big windows.

    Just go to your local window glass shop and they'll make them up. If you have a uPVC manufactorer near try them as it will be cheaper.

    We had new windows from a local independant window fitter, and the mother and father in law had a replacement double glazed panel for a window that had misted up. The glass cost £70 direct from the window makers (uPVC), and the guy charged them £10 to fit as it only took 10 minutes. I would suggest contacting window makers or glazers. Btw the glass was about 5ft by 4ft.

    It's simple to swap over, just carefullyy remove the plastic beading, older windows it is the beading on the outside and on all newish windows it will be the beading on the inside.

    You don't need a FENSA installer.
    You wont need council nosy beaks prying.

    Just make sure your glazing is BS Kitemarked and low E etc...like Pilkiington K.
    It's good for you and you know you'll have complied...blah, blah.

    good luck!

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    I run a window business and fit these units every day, just be sure to measure the make up of the unit (thickness) , it could be 4/12/4 or 4/20/4 and so on. Also give it 10mm tolerance and check for safety glass if low down or in a door. Could be cheaper to get a firm out or you might cock it up and glass units are expensive when they don't fit !

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    oh and use glazing packers at bottom so units don't stand in water and break down again, be sure to 'toe and heal ' doors and side opening vents or they will sag and stick closed .

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    goldmax;8486740

    oh and use glazing packers at bottom so units don't stand in water and … oh and use glazing packers at bottom so units don't stand in water and break down again, be sure to 'toe and heal ' doors and side opening vents or they will sag and stick closed .


    Thanks all.

    Goldmax, Wasnt it you who told me that I need building regs aproval for replacement units a while back?

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    Just received an email from the local council as I posed this question to them

    reply =[COLOR=blue][FONT=&quot]I confirm that unless you use a FENSA registered contractor, you will need to submit a building notice.
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    So basically, everyone who fits their own are gonna have hassle in the future if they sell their property when the surveyor requests the relevant documentation![/COLOR][/FONT][/COLOR]

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    csiman;8491615

    Thanks all.Goldmax, Wasnt it you who told me that I need building regs … Thanks all.Goldmax, Wasnt it you who told me that I need building regs aproval for replacement units a while back?



    I don't think you need building regs for replacing just the dgus, replacing whole windows you need regs or fensa or certass, I mean if you broke a piece of glass it would be a lot of paperwork and effort just to certify it. Contact your council and explain again because when I change peoples dgus I don't inform certass as they are not interested

    hi
    sorry to change the subject but are new to the site....
    I want to buy sliding sash double glazed windows from quickslide,will i be able to get a fensa approved contractor to fit them,assuming they are up to spec? the reason i am considering buying them is down to the price....

    Who's going to know?

    Am I missing something?

    You need all window work done by Fensa registered or get a building cert. We didn't know this and got stung financially when we sold our house and had to pay a premium for a insurance. Any one who has had there windows done since 2002 should take note of this as we didnt know.

    Shellywelly

    You need all window work done by Fensa registered or get a building cert. … You need all window work done by Fensa registered or get a building cert. We didn't know this and got stung financially when we sold our house and had to pay a premium for a insurance. Any one who has had there windows done since 2002 should take note of this as we didnt know.



    I would agree it it was a fresh installation of new windows, but it isn't?

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    jtx

    Who's going to know?Am I missing something?


    you get given a certificate of installation. When you come to sell, the buyers solicitor will want these. Most D/Ging has dates of manufacture on then now.
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