Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a conservatory take to install?
The time required to complete your conservatory depends on a number of factors;
A typical installation with a 600mm wall, 1800mm three size of glazing and double openning doors would take in the region of XXXXX weeks to complete.
What trade associations are you a member of?
We are registered members of FENSA and the National Federation of Glaziers.
What is FENSA?
FENSA stands for the Fenestration Self-Assessment scheme. It has been set up by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and other industry bodies, with Government encouragement www.communities.gov.uk, in response to new Building Regulations.
What glass is used in your windows?
We use market leading Pilkington and Plikngton K glass throughout our installations, applying the most appropriate type (standard, safety etc.) to each glazed unit installation location and application.
Pilkington are the largest manufacturer of glass in the world and their award winning K glass provides the absolute highest level of safey, security and thermal efficiency.
Does your work comply with building regulations?
For replacement glazed uPVC doors and windows formal building are not required unless additional openings are created requiring alterations to a supporting wall. However, all our installations comply with the requirements of building regulations and best practices with the materials and methods used.
Conservatories are all constructed with building regulations approval and we will submit the relevant applications to the local building inspector to ensure all works are signed off to comply with the requirements of the local building inspector.
Is planning permission required?
Provided your property has Permitted Development Rights in place and these were not revoked at build time, and no additional extentions have been undertaken, then a planning application would not be required.
These requirements are easily checked with the local authority and ww would undertake this when providing you a quotation for the conservatory.
Planning permission is not required for the replacement of windows and doors unless there are specific restrictions to your property (Grade Listing etc.).
What is the different between a uPVC and a Composite Door?
A uPVC door is manufactured from uPVC and is of hollow construction, often with an insulation material within the space, sometimes with an air space to provide a thermal barrier.
A Composite Door is manufactured from a composite (mixtute) of materials. Often featuring a timer frame, solid inset material that acts as an insulator and sturdy security barrier. Overleying the inner cores is a laminate, hardwearing finish that provides the outer look.
Both uPVC and Composite doors are available in a range of stylish designs and finishes to suit any property and provide a high degree of both security and insulation properties. Composite doors provide the absolute highest levels of security.
Can you provide an insurance backed warranty?
We are members of FENSA and all conservatory projects will be registered on completion. Through FENSA we are able to offer an insurance backed warranty for customers wishing to purchase this.
Do you undertake all the work yourselves?
At Towers Windows and Conservatories we undertake all installation work using our staff and long term specialist sub-contractors.
Where external specialist trades such as Electrical and Plumbing work is required, we directly contract these elements to relevant trademen wiith whom we have worked previously and trust implicitly to undertake the work to the highest of standard.
Water inside doube glazed unit / on internal frame?
Condensation forming on any part of your window would indicate a problem with the unit. If the water is inside the sealed glazed unit, this would typically indicate the seal on the unit has broken, allowing air to enter and form a thermal bridge. This is known as a blown or 'popped' unit and requires replacement.
Older alluminium window frames will often have condensation forming on the inside of the frame. This is because the older alluminium constructed frames themselves form a thermal bridge between the cold outsite air and the warmer inside. We would recommend replacement of alluminium window frames with newer uPVC double glazed window frames to alleviate the condensation problem.
What areas do you cover?
We are based in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester and cover the immediately surrounding region within an approximate 30 mile radius.
Areas we cover include but are not limited to;
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