From casement windows to sliding sashes, finding the best windows for your home can be difficult. You want to maintain your building’s aesthetic feel and fits its architecture. Windows are both internal and external and so they are extremely important in showing your home’s character. We understand, however, that it can be difficult to choose windows that fit into your architectural style and your home’s heritage. Luckily, we have a guide for you that will help you choose the best Windows for your period home, whatever style.
What are the different window designs?
There can be a variety of different window designs and materials to decide on when it comes to your period home. We can provide for you a full range of window designs and styles that will suit your property. Some of the windows we offer to our customers include:
- Double glazed sash windows
- Timber Sash Windows
- Timber Heritage Windows
Different styles will inevitably suit different types of property. We know how important it is to maintain your property’s character, especially if it is a period property. Not every single one of our windows will suit your property’s own individual style, and you will want to maintain this style and aesthetic as much as possible. This is why we’ve compiled a list of different period styles, to help you decide which choice is best for you.
Georgian sash window styles
The layout of sash windows was characterised between 1714 and 1830, during the Georgian period. Our Georgian period sashes are an understated and elegant, as well as proportioned design, which will not detract from your home’s overall appearance.
Georgian sash windows are some of the oldest window styles that are still used today. They can add a feeling of heritage to any home, while also creating an elegant and stateliness style that other types of old window cannot. There are even properties that have Georgian windows over 200 years old, and so replacing these has to be a careful and well thought out task. More durable and energy-efficient windows can help with your comfort in your home, without affecting the overall aesthetic, but this has to be a careful process.
Victorian sash windows
Under Queen Victoria’s reign, windows were the focal point of any property. Characterised by being taller than they are wide, windows in Victorian properties were often double hung with 6 to even 8 sash panels. Glazing technology was emerging by the Victorian period, and glass sheeting was becoming mass produced. This meant that it was easier to implement large areas of glazing into sash windows design.
Edwardian sash windows
By the turn of the 20th century, the detailing of sash windows was increased. Window frames were becoming more and more ornate and detailed. This was the age of ornamentalism, after all. An example of this is how intricately moulded transoms would be run across the meeting rail and mounted on the sash frame itself.
Yet, the popularity of these ornamental windows began to deteriorate as a mock tudor style increased. The use of casement windows seemed more attractive. Also, after the First World War, easier to make steel and timber windows were seen as more of an attractive option to sash windows.
Traditional casement windows
Timber casement windows are understated and unpretentious. They are perfect for a country cottage aesthetic. Traditional timber casement windows are a great choice for any period property and can be made using traditional techniques. They will fit well into your period property, and it is aesthetic and character. This amounts to the fact that efforts to preserve original windows will not have gone to waste, as you’ll enjoy unpretentious and elegant windows that complement the existing style of your period home.
Should I replace or repair old windows?
Over time the windows in your home will age. They will be less effective and start letting in drafts, which can affect the thermal efficiency in your home, this can amount to rising costs. If your windows are aged, single glazed, broken, or rotten and you want to replace them with authentic looking designs, you must get them professionally replaced to ensure the best quality moving forwards.
Do Heritage Windows require planning permission?
In general, the replacement of period property windows with authentic looking designs will not require any planning permission. This may not be the case if you live in a conservation area, as planners may require replacements to be as close to the original as possible.
If you are in a listed building, you will need to provide evidence that your property’s existing windows are beyond repair, and that there are far too much energy and heat loss in your home. If you’re not sure about whether or not you will need planning permission to install new windows, you can always call our team. Our specialists will be able to give you the best advice on the best window solution for your period property.
Compromise is not needed
It may seem at first that you will have to compromise between the look of your window and how efficient it is at keeping your home warm. This is not the case. Our team uses traditional manufacturing processes, materials, and designs, and merges them with the most recent trade knowledge about fitting windows. This means that the windows can fit in with the character and existing style of your home, without any compromise on how well your windows work. The windows we can provide you with will give you the energy saving, security, noise reduction, and durability benefits that double and triple glazing offers.
Getting the window design just right
Thanks to owners of both heritage and period homes, our sash windows are getting more popular every day. These homeowners wish to reap the benefits of double glazing and security, without compromising on the look. We take into consideration a lot from proportion to material type, to design, to even the overall appearance of your window, so that your windows will fit into your house’s aesthetic perfectly.
If you’re wondering about getting new windows installed into your property, and reaping all the benefits, but don’t know the next step: speak to our team. We love what we do, and would be extremely happy to talk you through the process, answer any questions you have, and give you free advice on the best windows style for your period property.