The future of your listed property is clear with secondary glazing
Either way, you will have dozens of questions about conservation rules and regulations and what that will mean should you need to carry out repairs or maintenance work in the future.
Windows are particularly prone to damage as weather and time takes its toll over the decades. Unfortunately, windows are often the key factor to giving your property its unique character and retaining its heritage. So how can you keep them in top condition, protecting your home and its charm for generations to come?
The answer is secondary glazing. . .but not just any old glazing units will do. They need to be unobtrusive and sympathetic as well as functional. They need to keep heat in, keep noise and weather out and all without detracting from your property's charm and character.
Storm, based in the Midlands, have devised a way of meeting all these requirements with simplistic, aluminium, colour-matched glazing units, expertly crafted and made to measure.
The team at Storm are celebrating their 20th anniversary - and over the past two decades have built up a client list that speaks volumes about the standard of the service they offer.
As well as private homeowners, Storm has also carried out work for organisations like English Heritage, the National Trust, The Landmark Trust, Historic Scotland and Cadw. They have all been happy to put their vulnerable and historic properties in the hands of the experts at Storm.
Storm's largest project to date has been working on the landmark Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the iconic Chelsea Pensioners.
The building, dating back to 1682, was beginning to show signs of deterioration and an appeal was launched to raise £13 million to modernise the old dormitories.
The renovation aimed to bring the West Wing up to 21st century standards so that all the pensioners in residence had their own bedroom, study space and en-suite shower room.
Storm was asked to work on the windows and give the residents warmer and quieter accommodation.
The secondary glazing system went through rigorous testing and numerous stages of approval before the final go-ahead was given for installation. Designs were adapted to create units to perfectly fit the strict requirements while maintaining the integrity of the original windows.
The new, improved unit design allowed for the windows to be fully opened, which wasn't possible before. It also had better ventilation and was spring adapted, so was more balanced and easier to control.
A spokesman for Storm said: "This ongoing development is all part of our commitment as a company to the continual improvement of our secondary glazing system, ensuring we offer the best possible solutions for modern living whilst maintaining the integrity of original windows.
"These improvements can now be incorporated in our system moving forward, offering greater benefits to all our Storm clients and customers."
Often when windows need repairing time is of the essence and Storm now also offers clients a payment plan to enable work to start, while spreading the cost.
Payments can be made interest-free over 12 months, leaving homeowners to enjoy the long-term cash benefits of reducing heat loss and shrinking winter energy bills.
For further information about Storm's products and services, visit https://www.stormwindows.co.uk/
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