Storm Windows weathers pandemic with host of new work on horizon
They say eyes are the windows to the soul. And windows are the very much the eyes to the soul of a building, holding the key to the character, history and heritage of the surrounding bricks and mortar.
Many of us have fallen in love with an old building and made them our homes. But what happens when you can’t enjoy that home fully because it’s cold, drafty and expensive to heat and maintain?
Carrying out refurbishment to a listed building can be fraught with difficulties - there are countless rules and restrictions that must be adhered to in order to preserve the heritage of the building - and the appearance that was often what attracted us to it in the first place.
Windows are a particular difficulty - with age they can deteriorate so that rooms become drafty, cold and noisy not the best conditions for a comfortable home.
Poor repairs or unsympathetic replacements with modern materials can destroy the look and heritage of a building in one fell swoop – as well as landing owners on the wrong side of conservation officers and strict planning legislation.
They are left with the conundrum of how to make the windows weatherproof to safeguard the building, without changing their appearance in any way. It is a problem that has meant many historic buildings are at risk of being left to become derelict as the repairs prove too costly and difficult to carry out.
This is a dilemma that has owners of historic properties face every day across the UK – from those living in small apartments to custodians of landmark, historicallysignificant properties.
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