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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After double glazing, having cladding done to your property:
This should prove a most worthwhile and cost effective home improvement as it can enhance appearance, reduce maintenance time and cost considerably by alleviating the need for repainting, and improve insulation. Roofline work and cladding is a job for the skilled and experienced tradesman, and although in the minority there are a few firms around employing less than able fitters producing less than satisfactory workmanship.
Handy Tip: I keep a small pair of binoculars in my car for easy close up inspection of roofline, etc.
You may have heard the expressions: 'cladding over' and full strip'. This is what they mean:
It is very often inferred that the ONLY way to do the job properly is a full strip. I do not completely agree, as I have found that there are times when it may be better to clad over. Before I get a flood of email asking me 'when to-when not to', there are no generalisations, the best way can only be ascertained with a survey of each individual property.
Cellular PVC has a consistent finish and is almost maintenance free. An occasional wash down with a non-scratch mild detergent and water will restore an 'as new' appearance, removing surface grime, particularly in polluted atmospheres. No solvents or abrasives cleansers should be used. I have used car shampoo with great effect, but I am not sure all the constituents of all the makes of car wash shampoo are ok. If PVC has really grubby marks I find 'Swarfega' rubbed on and rinsed off is just the job!
Correct fixings and fixing procedures must be followed according to the manufacturers recommendations. Where have you heard that before, right - all the time, BUT it is imperative to learn and understand the correct way of doing cladding if you want it to stand the test of time.
Cladding product summary:
For anyone interested in cladding in Essex, either cash and carry supply only of the full range of cladding, trims and guttering etc., or full installation job, then I recommend a visit to the website of the longest established (1984 continuous trading) cladding company in the County:
Note: Care should be taken when handling these products at or below freezing point as low temperatures tend to make these products brittle.