What Accreditations Should a Double Glazing Company Have?
Investing in double glazing for your home is a big decision. It’s why you need to have complete confidence in your decision. Are the windows and doors going to be everything you wanted? Is the company you’re buying them from reputable? Will they do a good job?
When it comes to choosing a double glazing company there’s a lot to be said for having a good gut feeling. Are all the people you speak to at the company friendly and helpful? Does it feel like the right decision?
But there are also a lot of things you can do to confirm your gut feeling. Look for recommendations and testimonials from customers. Check how long they’ve been trading for (in the case of Majestic Designs it’s over 15 years).
There are also certain accreditations you can look for. Accreditations show that your double glazing company, its products and its people have been vetted and approved by independent bodies. Here are some of the accreditations you should look for.
Double glazing and building industry accreditations
FENSA is a government-authorised scheme that monitors building regulation compliance for replacement windows and doors. Every FENSA Approved Installer is assessed regularly to ensure its standards are continually maintained.
TrustMark Home Pro is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme covering work you have carried out in or around your home. When you use a TrustMark Registered Business, you know you are engaging an organisation that has been thoroughly vetted to meet required standards, and has made a considerable commitment to good customer service, technical competence and trading practices.
The British Fenestration Rating Council is the UK’s most trusted rating council for verifying the energy performance of windows and doors. A BFRC Approved Installer is a company that has applied to, and been accepted by, the BFRC to join its list of installers who recommend and install BFRC rated windows and doors.
By law, all installers must hold Minimum Technical Competencies certification, as all Majestic Designs surveyors and installers do. All work they undertake should be covered by an Insurance Backed Guarantee too. This means that your installation will be insured, even if the company that did the installation goes out of business.
You can also assess the quality of the products your double glazing company is using. For example, are the products BFRC-certified so you know your windows and doors will be as energy efficient as you’ve been told they will be? For extra peace of mind, ask to see their BFRC certificate, which should have their name on.
You can also look out for Kitemark status. This confirms that a product or service has been thoroughly proven to meet a recognised industry standard or need. It’s a voluntary mark manufacturers and service industries use to demonstrate safety, reliability and quality.
Does your double glazing company use components from reputable suppliers? For example, Majestic Designs uses Pilkington glass in its windows and Yale locking systems.
If you want to upgrade the security on your windows and doors, look for a company that can offer Secured by Design products. Secured by Design is the official UK police initiative with the aim of designing out crime.
General business accreditations
As well as looking at your double glazing company in relation to the products you’ll be purchasing, it’s also worth looking at what general business accreditations they hold. This will tell you how seriously they take all the areas of their business and give an extra layer of reassurance. For example, Majestic Designs is Cyber Essentials certified. Cyber Essentials is an official UK wide, government-backed certification that helps us guard against the most common cyber threats, ensuring we can commit to keeping your data safe.
Peace of mind is priceless
We want you to be 100% happy you have chosen the right double glazing company for you. If you’d like to ask any questions about our accreditations – or anything else – get in touch today.