Building Regulations – Document F

The time for change has arrived and it is called Building Regulations – Document F. Until now, regulations suggest that if the existing item doesn’t have trickle vents, they will not be required in your replacement items. However, if the existing item does have trickle vents, or is going into a new aperture, the item being installed must include trickle vents. New legislation from Building Regulations has now been enforced for all glazing installations taking place from 15.06.2022.

Aluminium Bi-Folding doors including trickle vent

What is Document F?

Document F has been introduced to maintain or improve indoor air quality. The areas specific to the glazing industry indicate the need for trickle vents. They are now required in doors and windows in almost all circumstances. Document F is relevant to many trades, so be sure to check that any work you have done around your home complies.

What does this mean for me?

My Windows / Doors already include trickle vents

There is no notable difference to the new regulations. This means your replacement products must include trickle vents. The replacement trickle vents cannot be smaller than the ones currently in the window or door being replaced.

My Windows / Doors are going into a new aperture

There is no change from the existing regulations. All items being installed into a new aperture must include trickle ventilation.

My current Windows / Doors don’t include trickle vents

When replacing windows or doors in a habitable room, the replacement product must include them. The size of the trickle vent depends on the purpose of the room, but if the minimum ventilation cannot be achieved, the closest possible equivalent must be used.

Are there any exceptions?

There are a few exceptions, but these do not apply to most replacement items. If it is unfeasible for the new window or door to contain a trickle vent then one cannot be installed. Also, if your home has mechanical ventilation with a heat recovery system, then trickle vents are not required.

If the property has “continuous mechanical extract ventilation” no trickle vents are required in wet rooms (kitchen, utility, bathroom, WC), but you must fit 4000mm² equivalent area in all other rooms. Other exclusions include properties that are listed or in a conservation area.

As a FENSA approved installer, we will ensure that you are aware of whether trickle vents will be required and install your products in line with all regulations.

FENSA Trickle Vents Installation Requirements Guide
https://www.fensa.org.uk/Approved-Document-F

Approved Document L – Energy Efficiency

Another change that has come into force affects the minimum acceptable thermal performance requirements for new windows and doors. These changes mean that:

  • The new products must be no less efficient than what is currently installed
  • Either achieve a whole window or door value of *1.4W/m²K or:
  • (Windows) have a Window Energy Rating of B or better
  • (Doors with a glazed area greater than 60%) have a Door Set Energy Rating of C or better
  • (All other doors) have a Door Set Energy Rating of B or better

Why is it important to comply with the new Building Regulations?

Regulations have been put in place for a reason, to improve the quality of products, and installations. We ensure that as a company, we follow all regulations. If your installation does not comply with regulations it can cause numerous issues for you. If your installation is non compliant and you were to receive a building inspection, you could be told that your products need to be replaced. This could cause a significant loss of money for you and also cause issues if you were to try and sell your house. We have built a very high reputation which we endeavour to uphold. Our customers mean everything to us and by ensuring that all regulations are met, everyone can be safe in the knowledge that we can be here to service all of our past and future customers’ needs.

If any company suggests that they can get around the regulations, this should be a cause of great concern. No company is above regulations. If they aren’t met, you run the risk of causing problems that could cost you dearly.

I want to find out more

At MPS, we take care of the hard work for you. It is our job to ensure that all of the relevant standards and regulations are met, taking the worry and hard work away from you. From your initial contact with our consultants, all the way through to installation from our in house teams of installers, we ensure that you receive nothing less than the best. Our experts take into account your requirements, desires and budget to provide you with a quotation that meets your needs.

We are happy to provide a quotation online through our contact form but if you would prefer, we can arrange a visit to your property at a date and time suitable for you. We’re aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advice as market leaders for 30 years.

Conservatory Roofs – What Are My Options?

MPS Glass and Window Centre Limited. Conservatory Roofs – What Are My Options?

Conservatories have long been a welcome addition to homes. They provide desired extra living space but they haven’t always been able to be used in all seasons. Product evolution has changed this.

A main component of a conservatory is the roof. Typically, roofs are made from either polycarbonate or glass. Technology has greatly improved over the years and there are now more roof options available. These new and updated options can be used to either create a new conservatory that is a year round usable room, or be used as a replacement roof to turn your existing conservatory into a room again.

Whether you want a thermally efficient glass roof to let light pour in, a mixture of both glass and solid panels, or a lightweight tiled roof for a more traditional look, we have what you are searching for. Our range of conservatory roofs offer a lovely light room, but one that can be used as intended, all year long.

Conservatory Roofs - What Are My Options?
Anthracite grey conservatory and doors.

Roof Types Explained

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate conservatory roofs provide a low cost roofing solution. A strong thermoplastic material that has a low production cost which offers a budget friendly solution. A roof that will withstand wind, rain and snow. The problem however, is that they offer little thermal insulation and noise reduction. Depending on the weather outside, your conservatory is likely to be very hot, cold or noisy. This can be the perfect choice for a room that is of limited use. For a room that is to be enjoyed as a living space, there are more suitable options.

White uPVC conservatory with a  Polycarbonate Roof.

High Performance Glass Roof

A glass roof is the most common among all conservatory roof types. These have been used for as long as conservatories have been around and give your room that typical conservatory feel. Glass roofs let the light flood in giving you a living space like no other. Glazing technology has advanced greatly in recent years. Thermally efficient self cleaning glazed roofs are available that will keep the traditional feel of a conservatory, but keep the room at the perfect temperature.

Hybrid Composite / Glass Roof

The hybrid roof has been designed to give you the option of having both solid and glazed panels. This offers the best of both worlds. Seamlessly providing the thermal performance of a solid roof whilst adding the light from a glazed roof. The solid sections of the roof are internally plastered and provide the ability to have a range of lighting and speaker options to enhance your living space. Hybrid roofs stands as an exceptional addition to any home and provide a living space to be enjoyed in any weather.

Hybrid Composite / Glass Roof

Composite Tiled Roof

Lightweight composite tiled roofs offer the most advanced conservatory roofing systems on the market to date. Providing a beautiful and authentic tiled finish that can integrate glazed panels, combining both elegant aesthetics and modern technology. The solid sections of the roof are internally plastered and provide the ability to have a range of lighting and speaker options to enhance your living space. This intelligent design gives the benefit of having the most thermally efficient roofing system possible. No more worries about scorching summer days or cold winter nights. This roofing system creates a room to be enjoyed, but all year long.

Composite Tiled Roof

How Do I Decide Which Roof Is Best For Me?

At MPS, we have the knowledge and expertise to help design your dream conservatory. From your initial contact with our consultants, all the way through to installation from our in house teams of builders and glazing installers, we ensure that you receive nothing less than the best. Our experts take into account your requirements, desires and budget to provide you with a design that meets your needs and gives you the extra living space that you’ve always dreamed of.

We are happy to provide a quotation online through our contact form but if you would prefer, we can arrange a visit to your property at a date and time suitable for you. We’re aware that budget is often a deciding factor and we are on-hand to talk you through the available options and offer our expert advice as market leaders for 30 years. 

How Much Do Windows Cost?

The cost of new windows is one of the most popular questions we get asked. Unfortunately the answer is not that simple. You may be able to find websites that offer a rough cost for windows, but these are usually just a cost for a basic off the shelf window and most of the time, without the cost of installation. Nothing that we install is off the shelf. We only ever install made to measure products, which is much more important than you might think.

How Much Do Windows Cost?

What Impacts The Price Of Windows

Material

Windows come in a variety of materials. uPVC and Aluminium are both very popular options, but both have a different cost. Aluminium is a more expensive material than uPVC and this affects the cost of the finished window.

Colour

Coloured windows are more popular than ever, but they come at a cost. A coloured uPVC window goes through a process called ‘foiling’. The window frame starts off as white uPVC and then has a coloured foil applied to it, to give the window frame the desired finish. Aluminium windows are powder coated with a marine grade paint and come in a vast range of colours. As with all products, manufacturing time and resources will inevitably have an impact on the price.

Profile

Not all uPVC or Aluminium windows are the same. Different extrusion providers will offer an entirely different profile to begin with. Each extrusion provider will usually then offer a range of different styles of window from chamfered edge, sculptured edge, flush casement and more.

Size

The size of the window can have a big impact on price. A large window requires a larger frame and more glass. Also, every window that we install is made to measure and not an ‘off the shelf’ window, which is much more effective. One of the primary functions of a window is to weatherproof a home. If a window is too big, it will not fit. If a window is too small then it can leave your home exposed to draughts, or worse, water penetration. It is very important to have a window of the correct size otherwise you can have endless problems, as we have seen with so many installations from companies that have cut corners.

Configuration

Windows are available with many different types of configuration. Some windows are fixed, others will open. Opening windows can have one opener or several. This will impact on the materials used and therefore will affect the cost.

Glass

There are many different options when it comes to glass. Single, double or triple glazing are the most commonly understood options. Solar control, tinted and acoustic glass is also available. MPS offer a very wide variety of glass types and we can help you determine what you need. As standard, all of our double glazed units are ‘A’ energy rated at a minimum.

Installation Type

Installing windows properly takes time. Just how much time depends on many factors. Consideration needs to be given to what is being removed, unless the window is being installed into a new aperture. The level of internal and external finishing will also impact on the time required to carry out the installation to the highest professional standards. All in all, the amount of time required to install the window will have an affect on the price.

How Much Do Windows Cost?

Does It Have To Be So Complex?

With so many different variables, it may seem like it’s very hard to get an idea of how much new windows will cost.

Fortunately, at MPS we are committed to excellence and our team of experienced consultants will make the process very simple for you. We will speak to you about your wants and needs, measure your windows and take care of all of the hard work from there. We will then provide you with the most suitable, cost effective solution of having your windows installed to the highest standards achievable. For more information, or to book a free no obligation quotation, please visit our contact form.