When looking to replace windows in a period property it is important to ensure that the windows will not compromise the heritage of your home.
Buyers will often be prepared to pay more money for a house with period features, such as appropriate timber windows.
So how do you ensure that your replacement windows are appropriate for the heritage of your home?
Do your research
Make sure the company have experience in replacing windows in period homes and can manufacture bespoke, like-for-like windows.
Choosing the right material
Windows manufactured in an inappropriate material will stand out for all the wrong reasons on a period property. Timber windows suit a variety of period properties, including Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian homes. Plastic, aluminium or composite windows can look out of place and compromise heritage in these houses as they were built to have timber windows.
Choosing the right style of window
It is important to remember that there is no such thing as a ‘standard’ window in a period property. All windows in period homes were made to bespoke specifications to suit the property.
Window fashions changed over time, meaning that the style of window appropriate for your home will depend on when your home was built. For example, Victorian homes often have fewer glazing bars in the windows when compared to Georgian homes. Edwardian homes are also more likely to have casement windows than Georgian homes.
Visit the workshop
Before deciding which company to go ahead with, arrange a tour of the workshop. This will help you understand how the windows are made and check the quality of the windows being manufactured for other customers.