What does it mean to be FENSA registered?

Authorised by the government in the UK in April 2002, FENSA (Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme) came into being as the first scheme relating to Competent Persons involved in the installation of windows and doors in both England and Wales.

Why do I need a FENSA authorised installer?

When you are looking for a company to assist with windows and doors for your property it is very important to check if the company you are looking at using is FENSA registered. Any installer is required to be a member of a Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) that is authorised by the government, and FENSA is one of these schemes. In order to become a member of such a scheme an individual or company will have not only undergone a rigorous vetting procedure but will also be the subject of regular routine inspections by FENSA themselves, in order to ensure that compliance to Building Regulations is being followed properly. If it is found that they are not, then they will be required to correct any issues, or they could be suspended until the work that is needed to ensure compliance has been done.

When you choose a FENSA registered installer for your windows and doors you are ensuring that the level of service you receive will be of a very high standard and if there are any issues then you will be able to get them dealt with. Unfortunately, those companies who are not registered with FENSA or another CPS may not be as honest when it comes to dealing with any issues you might have after installation.

What is covered by a FENSA certificate?

The FENSA website (fensa.org.uk) states “FENSA covers the replacement of external windows, doors, roof windows and roof lights against the relevant Building Regulations in domestic properties on the original foot print of the property where the use or size of rooms have not been altered.” So, if you have windows or doors replaced on your property or have moved to a property that has had these replaced since 1st April 2002, then there should be a FENSA certificate to cover the installation.

Keep your certificate safe

Following the installation of your windows or doors you will be issued with FENSA certification and it is very important that you keep this in a safe place. If at some point in the future you want t put your house up for sale then the solicitor acting on behalf of your buyer is likely to request a copy of the certificate for their client so that they know that any replacement windows or doors have been fitted by a competent installer. Fortunately. if you have misplaced the certificate you can request a replacement but they are costly at £25 (including VAT) each.

Here at Oaktree Joinery, we’re delighted to report that we are, and continue to be FENSA certified, so when you use our services, you can be sure that the job will be done to the highest of standards.

The benefits of choosing timber windows and doors for your property instead of uPVC

In recent years uPVC has seen a considerable surge in popularity when it comes to windows and door treatment. Many consumers see it as the cheaper and more durable option on the market, but sometimes cheaper, unfortunately, isn’t the best and it is worth investing that little bit extra. However, don’t just take our word for this, we have set out some information on both UPVC and timber windows and doors so that you can make the best decision for your property.

Efficiency

Often the main reason that people look to replace their windows and doors is energy efficiency, and with so many people becoming more ecologically aware it makes sense to consider those areas of the home where cold air might get in. Ensuring that your windows and doors are in good condition and fit perfectly is very important in this respect. While there is no denying the advantages of double-glazed panels, it is worth thinking about your frames as well. Regardless of what type of glass you choose to use, wood is an excellent product that offers natural insulation. This makes it a choice that is well worth considering.

Aesthetic

What makes UPVC windows and doors cheaper is the fact that they are typically mass-produced. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that there are some limitations when it comes to selecting something that is in keeping with the style of your home. Timber window frames and doors can be custom made to your exact requirements and the style of your home. They are a bespoke product that means you can get precisely the product you are looking for. It also means, in terms of aesthetics, that you can even replace the original designs of your home if you have an older property. Timber offers you something that uPVC cannot replicate when it comes to a period property, and, of course, it is worth considering that there are a variety of colours and finishes available.

Maintenance

It might surprise you to know that timber with a factory finish can last longer than uPVC. However, you do need to put a little effort into ensuring that it remains in good condition a wipe down and a refresh when necessary should be all that is required. Every 8-10 years it is worth having a full repaint done to keep everything looking fresh and cared for. While there is no need to repaint uPVC, over time you will notice that it begins to lose that lovely white finish that attracted you to it in the first place and it may become somewhat discoloured. If you need to make any repairs to your frames, it is easier to do this if they are made of wood.

Cost

As we already mentioned timber frames do come at a price, but when you weigh up the benefits of selecting timber over uPVC, it is easy to see that over time the extra money that you invest in timber window frames should pay for itself. All you need to do is ensure that you care for them properly.

January 2014

Welcome to Issue 3 of Oaktree Joinery Newsletter

I hope this finds you well and that you have managed to track down some of that elusive sunshine over the winter months. We’ve been enjoying our busiest period to date in over 20 years of business. Speaking of business, in the news for you today we have:

  • 5 New Product Videos
  • U Value Certification for all our products
  • The latest Oaktree work on Facebook

Kind regards,

Martin Cox
Managing Director, Oaktree Joinery Ltd, 1 Moat Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JS.
Tel: 01373 858 054 | Email: sales@oaktreejoinery.co.uk 1990-2010 Celebrating 20 years of quality craftsmanship.


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5 New Product Videos

We’ve developed 5 new videos for you to experience the quality of our products without having to leave the comfort of your own home. In order to do this we’ve been out to a few of our customers sites and made 2 minute videos on the feature front door, french doors, vistafold doors, Sigenia door and the excalibur window range. In the future we will be completing this set of videos with others to cover each of our ranges of windows and doors.


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U Value Certification for all our products

Working to BS EN ISO 10077-1: 2006 compliance, we are now able to offer all our customers a certificate of U Value certifation to present to building control, architechts or FENSA. We calculate the excat U Value by analysing the heat loss of each individual component (head, cill, jamb, mullion etc) and the glass. From now on, when you place an order for any of our products we’ll automatcially issue you with your certification so that you can prove the compliance of your windows and doors.


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The latest Oaktree work on Facebook

You can view the new bar we designed or the numerous windows that we have completed recently by viewing our Facebook Page – and don’t forget to ‘Like’ it for regular updates.

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Your free window quote

We pride ourselves in our craftsmanship and welcome you and your family down to our on site factory/showroom to experience the quality of our work first hand. Alternatively, you can opt for a free window quotation right away by clicking here.

Address: Oaktree Joinery Ltd, 1 Moat Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JS.
Tel: 01373 858 054 | Email: sales@oaktreejoinery.co.uk

October 2010

Welcome to Issue 2 of Oaktree Joinery Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of our eNewsletters. In the news we have:

  • Government legislation changes to Part L
  • ‘A’ rated windows coming soon to Oaktree Joinery
  • Completion of a garden room extension.

We hope you find this eNewsletter informative and encourage you to follow us on Facebook.

Kind regards,

Martin Cox
Managing Director, Oaktree Joinery Ltd, 1 Moat Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JS.
Tel: 01373 858 054 | Email: sales@oaktreejoinery.co.uk 1990-2010 Celebrating 20 years of quality craftsmanship.


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Government announces major changes to Part L of English Building Regulations from 1st October 2010

As suppliers to the building trade it is our responsibility to provide products that comply to the latest government standards. On the 1st October 2010 the government is updating the document L1B on conservation of fuel and power so that all replacement windows and doors ordered on or after 1st October 2010 must have a Window Energy Rating (WER) of at least band C (currently E) or a combined U Value of 1.6 W/m2K, and doors a combined U Value of 1.8 W/m2K max.

For info, all of our windows at Oaktree Joinery comply with a minimum of C rated window. If you would like more information, please:

  • View the U Value Chart with FENSA’s full description
  • Email us with ‘FULL RANGE’ in subject bar to receive PDF

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Coming soon, ‘A’ rated windows by Oaktree

From 1st October 2010 we are going to be a guaranteed ‘C’ rating across all of our window and door styles. We will be using the methods suggested by Giles Wilson from Fensa to achieve this which include the fact that if using glass with a 1.2U centre pane Value will give a 1.6 U overall Window,using the very latest in technology of glass thus complying with a “C”minimum rating.

Beyond this, our most popular range, the Cottage Range, is going for the official WER (Window Energy Rating) and is already been simulated as an “A” rating. An independent audit of our systems inside the factory in regards to the WER energy ratings on our windows will take place and this extensive cross examination will cover aspects such as air leakages and solar gains as well as the U value of the glass.

This ‘A’ rating will match the government requirements for 2020 when all windows will match a zero carbon emissions target.

As an aside, once we have this classification for the Cottage window range we will also offer a service to our customers to enable them to up-specify any product in our range to  this ‘A’ rated window glass specification but will not have the offical WER A Rating until a later date.


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Garden Room Extension

Garden rooms are an increasingly popular new addition to the Oaktree range. In this news snippet we look at a garden room extension in the idyllic countryside near Rode, Frome.

Working with Castle Builders of Warminster, we advised on the design of the unique roof structure of the garden room before constructing it and then producing the high quality timber windows and doors to match.

Much of the work that we do at Oaktree Joinery is with builders and property developers. On this occasion we are particularly proud to have such a strong hand in providing such a distinctive finish throughout.

  • See more garden rooms in our Facebook gallery

“This complicated project was completed with a real professional approach from the interpretation of plans to final delivery.” Castle Builders, Warminster (Read the full customer review here)


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Connect to Oaktree Joinery on Facebook

Make friends with us on Facebook and you’ll be enabled to view hundreds of photos in our completed work galleries, see pictures within the factory and get a taste of the latest work we are doing. Connect to us on Facebook


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Your free window quote

We pride ourselves in our craftsmanship and welcome you and your family down to our on site factory/showroom to experience the quality of our work first hand. Alternatively, you can opt for a free window quotation right away by clicking here.

Address: Oaktree Joinery Ltd, 1 Moat Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JS.
Tel: 01373 858 054 | Email: sales@oaktreejoinery.co.uk

July 2010

Welcome to Issue 1 of Oaktree Joinery Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our regular eNewsletters. These newsletters will be jam-packed full of ideas for you to make the most of your home. To start of with, we interview one of our recent clients, explain one of the myths of owning a Grade II listed property, share the client benefits of one of our recent investments and suggest an idea to bring the beauty of your garden inside your house.

Wishing you all a warm summer,

Martin Cox
Managing Director, Oaktree Joinery Ltd, 1 Moat Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JS.
Tel: 01373 858 054 | Email: sales@oaktreejoinery.co.uk 1990-2010 Celebrating 20 years of quality craftsmanship.


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37 windows in a 120 year old house

We have recently installed 37 windows in a late Victorian house in Wiltshire. The clients chose Cottage Style windows with high security PN Hook Espag Security Locks.

The fitting was completed in 5 days which pleased our clients but they were especially delighted with the 9 arched first floor windows which copied the 120 year old originals perfectly.

A month after the project was completed we spoke to the couple again who told us “We are happy with the quality and service we received and are impressed by the stainless steel hinges used. There was minimal re-decoration after Oaktree had completed the installation. Hopefully the fitting of these double glazed windows will reduce our annual heating bill.”


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Myths of owning a Grade II listed property

Myth: You can’t fit double glazed windows to a Grade II building.

Myth Busted: Yes you can.

Creating a workable balance between the conservation of period buildings and the provision of energy efficient and comfortable homes has long been a dilemma for architects, planners, conservation officers and home owners. We have developed the ‘Listed Cottage Range’ to resolve this for our customers. Available with a choice of glazing types: toughened, float (annealed) and obscure, the glass complies with Part L Building Regulations for England and Wales.

Other advantages of the ‘Listed Cottage Range’ include:

  • The smaller cavity, between the glasses, reduces the required glazing width rebates and enables slimmer sections to be used
  • Low-E (low-emmissivity) glass used for the inner pane reflects heat back into the room
  • Replacing one square metre of single glazing with low-E double glazing will give you a saving of up 90kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year by reducing heat loss, and, in turn, could save you money on energy bills
  • Listed Cottage Range comes with a locking system and antique handles.

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Investment at Oaktree Joinery

We at Oaktree Joinery like to think of ourselves as pioneering ahead of the competition and leaving a huge wake in the seas of fellow joinery firms in the South West. By investing in the SCM Windor 20 series machine, we now pass numerous benefits on to our clients:

  • Cost-effective method for manufacturing windows one-off or in batches
  • Quicker turnaround times for customers’ orders
  • Manufacture to any size or design within our range
  • Modern or traditional handmade styles available.

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Bring the beauty of your garden inside

If, like us, you spend much of your weekend tendering to your garden, it seems a shame not to make more of its beauty during the week. That’s why we have extended our door range to include a fashionable way of doing this, with the Vistafold type door.

Additionally, with the recent reduction in timber costs, it has become more and more in vogue to opt for a garden room over a traditional conservatory. This all makes the Vistafold doors an ever more popular way to bring the outside beauty of your garden to your home.


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Your free window quote

We pride ourselves in our craftsmanship and welcome you and your family down to our on site factory/showroom to experience the quality of our work first hand. Alternatively, you can opt for a free window quotation right away by clicking here.

Address: Oaktree Joinery Ltd, 1 Moat Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JS.
Tel: 01373 858 054 | Email: sales@oaktreejoinery.co.uk