Upgrading a Treasure

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Period Home WindowsIf you’re lucky enough to own a period home, you will be aware of some of the challenges that comes with living in an old building. The constant need to balance the beauty and authority of such a building with the need to keep up with modern developments can be tricky.

You want to keep the style, but you’d also like windows that don’t turn the place into a cold, drafty building. Never mind the cold, new features like double glazing can save a homeowner money in the long run just due to the increased energy efficiency that they bring.

Tricky decision

Upgrading A TreasureAs these old buildings begin to age, their windows can start to warp or rot, leaving the owners with a conundrum. Do you, or can you, install new A rated energy windows without disrupting the charm and style of the building?

Well, the first step before you take any action would be to get approval from your local council. Replacing any windows in a property now needs a district council to sign off on the work – even if it’s just a like-for-like replacement. It’s even more crucial to make sure you have a council go-ahead if you are replacing windows in a period home.

However, if you want to replace old windows with BFRC energy rated and British Standard accredited windows this is easier, because they comply with Government energy-saving initiatives. We at Warmseal are FENSA regulated, which means that you don’t have to fill out a Building Notice application for the work.

Like-for-like?

One of the most difficult aspects of replacing windows in a period or listed home to find windows that match the originals as closely as possible. You can find sash and bay double glazed windows, Warmseal supplies Georgian Bar and Dummy Sash windows that will look great and save you money on heating bills.

Furthermore, we make them in a number of colours and finishes, making a like-for-like replacement of your old windows even easier to find.

It’s also key to find an installer that you trust. If a installer’s brief includes repairing any damage caused to surrounding areas of the house caused by fitting, that’s a great start. Make sure any company that you chose to do the work is FENSA (the Fenestrations Self-Assessment Scheme), which as mentioned earlier, saves you from filling out a Building Notice application. Lucky for you, we are FENSA accredited, so you can sleep easy at night.

Not limited…

Replacing a door could also be a stressful time in the life of a period home owner, but Warmseal has that covered too.

Not only do we have a wide range of doors to suit all houses, but we have been approved for the Secured by Design initiative, which means that our doors are actively keeping you safe! We were one of the first sets of UK companies to achieve this benchmark.

The doors produced by Warmseal are also easy to clean, and have achieved a British Standard kite-marks – which gives you the peace of mind to know that they are all of a high quality.

Paul Jennison

Former Managing Director at Warmseal, 2002-2015. Family man with a passion for interior design.

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