Our Guide to Double Glazing in Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings
Sometimes it’s the case that sash window restoration is simply not an option or you may have a property that at some stage in the past the original period wooden windows where removed and replaced with Upvc or Aluminium windows.
This can be a big problem if your home is in a conservation area or is a listed building. It can be a relative mine field of red tape and contradiction when attempting to replace ones windows in buildings such as these.
Building control will insist on double glazing before they issue a certificate of compliance and the conservation officer will insist on keeping the windows period aesthetics exactly as they were designed originally.
This, on the surface can seem not to be much of a problem. This however, can be a BIG problem as most standard double glazed timber windows will have much wider glazing bars (muntins) to cover the metal spacers between the two sheets of glass within the double glazed unit.
This standard window will look notably different to its original counter part, as such you would have to replace them back to the exact match to please the conservation officer, a costly mistake to make. And then? Back to building control? They will not allow you, in most cases, to install new single glazed windows due to the new window legislation that came into effect in 2003 "Any replacement window must be approved and be double glazed to comply with building regulations". This can be a very stressful and problematic situation to find oneself in!
Using only the finest hard wood and historic joinery methods handed down from generation to generation, our new timber double glazed windows will look and feel just like the original period windows that the property was originally designed to have. All glazing bars or Muntins will be exactly the same size and width as the original period ones. We are able to do this due a new type of very slim double glazing that has tiny spacers, and remarkably the windows will please both conservation trusts and building control alike!
“We are able to replace wooden windows in listed buildings and homes in conservation areas with new wooden double glazed custom built replica period windows, that both building control and the local conservation officer will accept.
We love the prospect of helping London home owners return the windows of their period homes back to their original feature, as it was intended all those years ago.