Introducing the heritage range..
Getting the right balance between cost, aethetics and practicality is a major challenge in the restoration business.
Our Heritage range windows are a great choice if you want to upgrade your period property - whether it's a changing original windows to something more ‘green’ - or just stripping out old-style double glazing to better match the age of the property..
If you've older double glazing, changing the units out for elegant new sliding sash windows will create such a difference that you'll hardly be able to believe your eyes - the moment a new window goes in is always the favorite part of our day!
And remember - ask any Estate Agent, re-fitting modern sash windows that faithfully replicate the Victorian or Edwardian originals will easily add to your house's value.
We love Heritage Range because the frames are relatively slender, so for the first time it's possible to replace original single glazed sash windows without removing the sashbox - that's the big thing with nice mouldings on it that surrounds original windows, housing the weights - improving looks and reducing costs (the image gallery below shows a cottage in Dudley in various stages of completion, with new window units fitted directly into the old sashboxes).
And finally, on top of being the best choice to keep costs down, as we said earlier - we've realised upvc is actually a better option than timber. We agree - in the old days it wasn’t a great choice for period homes, but now, with great colours, an authentic finish and super detailing - in our opinion, there's no contest.
PS. What are my options for stained glass..?
If you’ve original windows with stained glass, our advice is to avoid trying to build this into new windows as it never works satisfactorily - modern ‘painted on’ replica stained glass with stick on lead beading isn’t a patch on Victorian or Edwardian originals. An alternative approach we’ve seen is to remove the glass panels, then hang them on the inside of the window like decorative art - you get a very similar effect.
For ideas and help, take a look at our QUICK GUIDE to windows, the HINTS & TIPS BLOG or click on Davenport Road or Ansty - two recent case study examples featuring properties where we've installed the Heritage Range.
ps. We'd love to hear from you if you've any questions or need a quick bit of advice - just click the 'contact us' button to send a message.