First established in 2006, Certass is a Government approved Competent Person Scheme (CPS) and is now one of the largest regulatory bodies in the double glazing industry.
Certass is an organisation which is licensed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. This means that all members are fully vetted and approved to ensure they are in accordance with current Building Regulations.
This means you can have complete peace of mind knowing that every Certass installer has the relevant qualifications and experience.
All Certass double glazing installers must be fully trained and meet strict specifications set by local authorities so you can expect a high standard of workmanship from any Certass registered installer.
What is a Competent Person Scheme?
Competent Person Schemes were created by the Government as an alternative to submitting a building notice or contacting an approved Local Authority inspector for certain building works.
Certass currently over sees three separate certification schemes for installers within the building refurbishment industry which all operate under Government license or Government sub-licence. The licensed schemes cover Glazing and insulation with other trades being covered under their Green Deal and TrustMark licenses.
Members Are Checked Against The Following Criteria:
- Trading Record and Financial Status
- Estimates Are Provided in Plain Language
- Contractors Abide By The ‘7 Day Cooling Off’ Legislation
- Guarantee Wording is Fair
- Consumers Are Offered An Insurance Backed Guarantee
- A Complaints Handling Procedure Is In Place
- Sample Installations Are Inspected Annually
- All Window Installations Meet Current Thermal Rating Regulations
The Benefits of Choosing Certass Members
If you have your double glazing installed by a Certass registered installer you will receive the following benefits:
- Deposit Protection
- A 10 Year Guarantee Covering Installation
- An Insurance Policy Covering The 10 Year Guarantee
- Registration of Your New Double Glazing With The Relevant Local Authority
A Certass installer will provide you with a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate for any work carried out. This is a huge benefit of using a Certass accredited installer.They will register and take care of your window and door registration for you. This includes registering your new double glazing with the relevant local authority – at no extra cost to you. They can help you save you valuable time and money.
Proof of Accreditation
Certass is independently checked annually by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service.) A lot of companies will claim to be Certass registered but a lot aren’t. Always ask for their Certass certificate number to verify their claims or visit the Certass website to confirm for yourself.
There are lots of other trade bodies available such as FENSA, the Glass and Glazing Federation, the British Plastic Association and the Ombudsman Scheme. If a double glazing company isn’t registered with Certass then they may belong to another national network which provides additional protection.
Reputable Double Glazing Companies
Double Glazing on The Web has a wide network of fully accredited double glazing companies who are registered with regulatory bodies such as Certass. You can expect a quality and professional service from each one of our trusted companies.
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