Your Definitive Guide to Choosing Replacement Windows for Your Property. If you have a property that has been around for more than a few decades and you would like to have it restored, one of your main considerations will be the property’s windows. Windows can play a big role in the overall look and appeal of a property, and if they are dilapidated, not working properly, or are showing signs of significant wear and tear, then you need to find the proper replacement windows – and this can be a challenge for anyone. So how do you make sure the replacement windows you choose are the best for your structure and its theme and style? Here’s your definitive guide to choosing replacement windows for your property.
Consider the aesthetics
Property owners who have listed buildings and buildings that are in a conservation area will have to speak with a conservation officer prior to carrying out any work on their property, especially if it will change their building’s appearance. If you’re the owner of a listed property, you have to acquire Listed Building Consent prior to replacing your windows, and many window experts would even recommend having windows repaired rather than replaced. New windows for listed buildings have to be made with the proper materials, and they also have to have a similar style, so this would often mean replicating your window’s original elements and features and using the same materials.
Many older properties feature a type of window called Crittall windows, which are made of steel. If you have Crittall windows, you should have them either replaced or repaired by Crittall replacement or installation experts, so it’s vital to look for an expert on Crittall windows in the UK.
Follow building regulations
The rules that are specified for both replacement and new windows include having windows that have double-glazing and have low emissivity. You can find these rules in Part L of the Conservation of Fuel and Power of the Building Regulations of 2006. At the moment, there are energy-efficiency grades for a property’s windows as well, which are similar to white goods categories, which run from A to G (with A having the best efficiency). Every window has to have an energy rating of at least E, as required by the BFRC or the British Fenestration Rating Council.
Your options if you have a period property
If you own period property and are thinking of having your windows replaced or restored (whichever case is best), you have two standard solutions in terms of increasing or enhancing energy efficiency as well as soundproofing even without double glazing. For one, you can add a frame for secondary glazing, but you also have the option of adding a timber box sash system or unit.
Once you have your windows replaced, especially if you have chosen steel Crittall windows, you should make it a point to have them regularly cleaned – all it takes is a simple wipe when the window glass is cleaned as well. It is also important to lubricate the different parts or components, such as the pivots, hinges, catches, and so on. You can also avoid rust and corrosion with your steel windows by having them dipped and then coated with a polyester powder. Ask your chosen window installer about further protection and they should be able to recommend the best options.
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