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. By investing in a double glazing installer that has been certified by Certass, you can rest assured that you’ll be bringing unrivalled standards of performance and design to your home.
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. With this in place, all Certass members have had to prove their competency when it comes to delivering the highest standards of professionalism, promptness, product handling, and complete respect for your time and for your property.
This means you can have complete peace of mind knowing that every Certass installer has the relevant qualifications and experience. We know that the idea of bringing a new home improvement to your home can sometimes seem like a bit of a daunting process, which is why you’ll want to be looking out for signposts that assure you you’re making the right decision. Certass is one of the signs that you’ll want to look out for.
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. This means that all Certass members have had to prove their salt when it comes to delivering the highest standards of service and product quality. You’ll be able to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve made the right decision.
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. They have been initiated with the homeowner in mind, allowing you to bring the best to your home without having to worry about undertaking an elongated and stressful installation process. With this in mind, you’ll be able to enhance your home to modern standards sooner and easier across the board.
Certass currently oversees three separate certification schemes for installers within the building refurbishment industry which all operate under Government license or Government sub-licence. The licensing 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
As you see, this is a comprehensive certification that assesses any potential on their ability the expected standard across a wide range of areas. If your installer of choice has a Certass accreditation, then you’ll know that they have been put through their paces when it comes to ensuring they offer you an outstanding level of product quality and customer service. There is no reason to settle for less when you don’t have to.
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
Not only does this ensure that you’ll be investing complete peace of mind when it comes to your new home improvement solution, it also means that you’ll be able to bring lasting quality too. This is because your product of choice is going to be covered by a comprehensive 10 year guarantee. Also, the standard of product is going to be of the highest standard so you won’t have to worry about any warping, cracking, discolouring, twisting, or bowing out of shape when the window or door becomes wet or is exposed to the elements for a long period of time.
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 save you valuable time and money. All in all, choosing a Certass accredited installer will enable you to enjoy a standard of service that is going to be simple, effective, professional, and a worthwhile investment across the board.
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.
Fortunately for you, many members of our installer network have been tested and certified by Certass. All you will have to do is visit our double glazing cost calculator to get a guide price that has been based on you exact specifications, once you have this we can then put you in touch with the three of your local and accredited installers to help get things moving along for you.
What to Expect from a Certass Installer
When it comes down to bringing the benefits of a Certass installer to your property, there are a few things that you should expect from them:
Thermally Efficient Products
Bringing a new addition to your home is one of those things that should see you enjoying a higher standard of comfort. This is why it’s important that the product you are investing in has the ability to keep your home warmer and more comfortable during those winter months. Also, investing in a thermally efficient design could also see you saving money on your heating costs too as you rely less frequently on it to keep your home at the optimum temperature.
When it comes to bringing something new to your home, you’re going to want something that is going to last the test of time. This is why a Certass member will be able to offer you a new addition to your home that is going to achieve exceptional standards of thermal efficiency, security, durability, performance, design, and aesthetics. This will make them a worthwhile investment for your home.
Alongside product quality, you also want an installation that is going to help your product of choice perform as it should. With this in mind, a Certass certified installer will work to ensure you experience as little disruption to your daily life as possible. With this in mind, they’ll also ensure that your product is installed to the highest standard so you won’t have to worry about it quickly degrading in quality once it has been installed.
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.
Why not start your free double glazing quote today? Our double glazing cost calculator is easy to use and will provide you with instant double glazing prices. Alternatively, you can give us a call on: 0800 015 5679.
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Frequently Asked Double Glazing Questions
Can Double Glazed Windows Reduce My Heating Bills?
When you install double glazing in your home or commercial property, it is likely that the extra heat retention will lessen the need to use central heating systems. In turn, this could mean you see a drop in heating bills. If you are concerned about your energy bills, it is easy to compare business energy or home energy online.