York is a city full of historical buildings, beautiful and cultural but also enveloped in heritage-red tape. Vintage windows can struggle to retain warmth and be energy efficient!
Regardless if your home is 1930’s with Casement Windows or a Georgian with large panel sash windows, their visual impact is key to the appearance of the property, and no doubt one of the contributing factors to your purchase of it!
As a homeowner you’ll take pride in the appearance of your property, but, you may also have responsibility for it. If your home falls within the boundaries of a conservation area or is categorised as listed, you’ll have to conform to strict guidelines when undertaking any alterations which could compromise it’s cultural or historical integrity.
This protective legislation can make it difficult to make changes to your home, even essential measures such as improving energy efficiency and insulation. Due to their timber construction heritage windows can be one of the first elements of a property to deteriorate, Georgian or Victorian buildings, exposed for hundreds of years, could be suffering from rot, draughts and be particularly inefficient at sheltering from noise pollution.
These problems may be tackled temporarily with things like shutters or draught excluders but will need a longer-term solution.
At York Glass Supplies we specialise in the restoration, renovation and replacement of period windows. Where we can, we will keep your existing frames, painstakingly refurbishing them to withstand modern life. In many instances, we can fit your original frames with double glazing to improve insulation, and even use a specialist glass that looks like single glazing, which can often satisfy planning regulations of Grade II listed buildings.
Glass Supplies York are specialists when it comes to heritage windows, our decades of experience of working within one of the countries most historic cities and surrounding areas best places us to restore, replace or refurbish - bringing your home to the standard demanded by contemporary life.
Often we are able to renovate the existing frames, fitting with double glazed panels, or even specialist glass which appears single glazed in order to conform with listed planning regulations. Where needed we can replace your heritage frames, creating profile matched new frames in order to exactly match the existing windows. We can also build a bespoke new frame, in keeping with the properties appearance, which again will comply with planning guidelines.
We care deeply about the architectural heritage of our country and are proud to be working in a city as rich in history as York is. Our craftsmanship, expert knowledge and experience of local regulations and planning requirements allow us to optimise the efficiency of your home.