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This site is an introduction to organisations who promote best practice in the door and window industry, and whose members agree to provide products and services that meet these standards, voluntarily.

There are mandatory standards that all products must meet, (like safety glazing in venerable areas, and energy efficiency etc) and there are registration bodies that enable installation companies to register their installations to demonstrate their compliance of these mandatory standards. Remember if you’re the owner, it’s your responsibility too, that products comply with these mandatory standards.

There are voluntary standards that some companies chose to offer on their products or services that are over and above the mandatory standards. These additional, higher standards (like BS5750 for enhanced security of windows) often cost a little more than “standard” products because they are likely to have better quality components, which enable them to achieve the higher performance. Products that claim to achieve these higher standards must be registered, (and accredited company regulated) by the independent third parties who approved the higher performance (like the BBA or BSI etc) to ensure the products are always fully comply.

There are protection schemes, (like the GGF and DGcos), along with insurance policies for both deposits and 10 year guarantees & warrantees which provide consumers with help and assistance, either when products or installations are not as expected, or when companies fail.

These organisations however, only deal with complaints that stem from their own members. Unfortunately there isn’t an “industry wide” ombudsman that deals with complaints from consumers who haven’t used these membership organisations.

Finally all the Industry abbreviations are explained, along with a brief description of the principal materials used in the UK together with the Associations and Federations that promote one specific material, like the BPF, TWA, SWA or CAB, so you can understand what they mean, and so you’re able to evaluate if they add additional value or offer extra protection for you, your home or new windows, doors or conservatory.

 


PVCu has dominated since the late 70's early 1980's as it is an easy material to work with, and requires little maintenance. The industry has come a long way to improve its green credentials... Read more...

Casements are the most popular style in the UK. Traditionally windows in the UK open outwards hung on butt hinges on the side or the top of the moving sash or opener and held open with peg stays. Read more...

Conservatories the tradition of having an outside living space has enriched the lives of many people, and added an extra dimension to living outdoors. These come in many shapes and sizes, from a simple lean too... Read more...

Emergency Glazing is just that, access to companies who offer boarding up services, and can obtain replacement sealed units to reinstate what’s been broken. Tip, check insurance policies and keep receipts. Read more...

Timber is still grown! Although well seasoned timber is less available it is possible to obtain French or English Oak, and produce hand made, hand crafted, replica windows but these will be expensive.Read more...

Aluminum took over from steel windows in the early 60’s. Initially extruded in one piece, it was later developed to incorporate a thermal break, separating the two halves of the section with a strong thermal barrier. Read more...