If you are fortunate enough to live in a period property, caring for the original features in your home can be key in ensuring you retain the rustic charm and character you fell in love with. In fact, it can even be a legal obligation. Windows can be the perfect looking glass into the history of your period home. Holding onto this passage to previous times, whilst enjoying the comfort and convenience of modern amenities can be a challenging compromise. However, secondary glazing can be the perfect solution to addressing a number of common challenges with period windows.
When it comes to upkeep of period windows, little cracks and breaks can be a common occurrence, due to natural age related wear and tear, particularly in timber frames. Glasswork used to be an expensive and specialist craft, which often meant smaller fragments were made and leading used to patchwork these together. Although a beautiful and timeless style, this can also fall victim to weathering and disrepair. These are normally relatively easy to fix, but should always be mended in consultation with a conservation specialist.
You might think it easier to replace your period windows if you start to experience some of the above challenges, particularly when you pair this with other common problems faced by those living in older properties. However, a little TLC with your conservation specialist can help fix any cosmetic blemishes and you might just find secondary glazing can address the rest!
A cold conundrum
Period windows are typically single glazed and even then can vary in thickness across panes. But rather than risk losing the character of your home and upsetting the charm of the house, secondary glazing acts as the perfect barrier to any uninvited chilliness. A secondary pane of glass fitted inside the existing window frame, means you can enjoy those cold nights from your warm lounge, without losing any of the character charm of your period windows.
Secondary glazing can not only address any concerns around energy efficiency and escaping heat, but also acts as a remarkable barrier to any uninvited noise. Nuisance neighbours and rush hour traffic will be a thing of the past with secondary glazing, whilst being safe in the knowledge that your windows still look perfectly in keeping with your period home.
Pillar of the community
Not only can replacing your period windows be a complex and expensive process, as well as losing an integral part of your homes authenticity, it can in fact be against local regulation. In order to hold onto the architectural heritage of British homes, you would need to seek Building Regulations Approval from your District Council, even if it is like-for-like. In the case of listed properties, they may even be protected by law. So it is often in the best interest of you, the community and your pocket if you can address your challenges and make the best of the beautiful windows you are lucky enough to have.
If you would like to speak to one of our specialist advisors on how secondary glazing can help you tackle some of the typical problems we have outlined and how to ensure you are abiding by regulation, do drop us a call on 020 8523 3210, we’ll be only too happy to help.