FAQ: The abbreviation FENSA stands for FENESTRATION - SELF ASSESSMENT.
The uk dictionary definition of the word fenestral or fenestrate is " belonging to or like a window" The word fenestration is "the arrangement of windows in a building". FENSA is used by double glazing uk trade companies to certify that their replacement windows and doors installed comply with Building Regulations Document L (and more), actually checking av. 1% of all replacement windows installations.
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The first thing to understand is that a Porch is really a mini extension.
Planning permission may be needed, there is the groundwork, possibly building work with some brickwork, the framework of course, most of the glazing has to be 'toughened glass', and on most properties a roof will be needed for it to sit under.
You don't really need need double glazing in a porch as it is not really necessary, but the framework is often designed to only take double glazed sealed units and the saving by having single glazed is really negligible.
One important point to remember is the need for ventilation. A porch facing the Sun can heat up like a parked car in the Summer and take you breath away as you go through. Your inner front door should still have the highest security and should not be ignored in this respect if you have a porch.
The main benefits of having a porch are:
This porch really does enhance the look of the property, and adds to the 'kerb appeal' immensely:
A new Porch really is a luxury, and almost all of my customers underestimate what the cost will be. All in all the a porch is not for the financially faint-hearted, and you need to have the spare money spend as this is in most cases a want, rather than a need.
It is unlikely that the cost of a porch will add the same value back on to most properties but if that is what you want, then have it. However, if you feel that you may move in the foreseeable future don't do it, unless it will transform the look and "kerb appeal" of your property into something else altogether, then it may be worth it.
The open canopies shown above are GRP, that is Glass Reinforced Plastic, better known as 'fiber-glass'. All are pre made and a relative doddle to fit. Not cheap, but what is if it's 'the business'. I recon they are worth the price, especially if you consider how easy they are to fit, how good they look, and no maintenance.