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A guide to planning permission for windows

Planning permission might sound like a daunting prospect and a potential obstacle in the journey to achieve your perfect home. You might have heard horror stories regarding long waits and ultimately disappointment. Windows can be a key feature of your home, not just in letting in light, but in enhancing the appearance and aesthetics of your home. You might be wondering if you need planning permission in order to enhance, upgrade, move or indeed build new windows.  
The team at City Sound have been investigating, to try and address any questions or concerns regarding the matter.  

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Does secondary glazing reduce heat loss?

As we delve deeper into autumn and the first threats of winter start to peek over the horizon, the heating begins to click on across the country, windows are firmly fixed shut and kettles are boiling on overtime.  
But with energy bills on the rise and the ongoing expense of heating your home, you’ll want to be sure that all that lovely warmth stays ensconced in your home; and the chilly evening air stays safely outside.  

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Could your home still benefit from a government 'Green Deal'?

The Government Green Deal is a scheme which has received heavy media attention and prolonged debate since its launch in 2013. Hailed as ‘transformational’ by the government upon issue, is last year caused a second shake-up as the government announced that funding would be ceased in min 2015.  
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t still benefit from the scheme! We’ve been exploring what exactly the Green Deal is and whether it could still be a good solution to help improve the energy efficiency of your home; and vitally keep you warm in the winter months!

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Top tips on how to care for your windows and keep them looking spick and span

Cleaning windows may not be the most enviable of jobs, but smeared, grimy and grotty windows can be a real draw on the appearance of your home. In addition, condensation can be an unwelcome house guest! There are plenty of hints, tips and tricks to help make cleaning your windows as quick and easy as possible, as well as fighting condensation and the unwelcome grot and grime it can introduce. 

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Secondary Glazing FAQs

You may have come across the concept of secondary glazing whilst looking for a solution to your window problems, or perhaps looking to upgrade. But as a less renowned alternative to double glazing, you may be wondering if it is the best solution for you. That is why we have pulled together a handful of frequently asked questions to help address any of your queries or concerns. 

What is secondary glazing? 

Secondary glazing is an alternative to double glazing, whereby an additional supplementary pane of glass is installed alongside another single glazed pane of glass. 

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Secondary Glazing Thermal Insulation / Efficiency

Secondary Glazing Thermal Insulation https://youtu.be/hqt2e0RoLus

Video Transcript:

Hi I'm Andy for City Sound Secondary Glazing and I'm going to be talking to you today about thermal insulation. How does secondary glazing improve the thermal insulation?

It's quite simple really, you probably have old period windows maybe crittall windows, maybe sash windows. There's air coming in, all around the surroundings of the original window. 

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Modernising your windows without losing their aesthetic charm

Windows are an integral part of the home. They let in light, provide crucial ventilation and a means to look out and enjoy your surroundings. Although they are a functional and necessary part of any house, they can also be an aesthetic element of your home to be proud of. No picturesque thatched cottage would be complete without period style leaded windows, or townhouse without the customary sashed bay windows to sit in and watch the world go by. 

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