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|Find Out Why Wooden Double Glazed Sash Windows Can Often Raise The Value Of Your Home|
|Written by Roger McNiel|
|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 01:48|
Owners of period homes may wish to learn why double glazed wooden sash windows can increase the value of your home. These traditionally built, beautifully proportioned windows, are often an essential part of the charm of any period home, especially those which are built in Georgian style. However these homes can be more than 200 years old, and their owners often suffer from problems including draughts, condensation, low energy efficiency, high noise intrusion from busy streets, and rattling on days with high winds. Replacement using modern double glazed units may be ruled out for aesthetic reasons, or because the home is subject to planning restrictions. Nevertheless period home owners still have some good choices including refurbishment, or replacement with double glazed units, which can be built in quality hardwood or softwood, with designs closely matching the traditional originals in style.
18th and 19th-century buildings are often both simple and elegant, and part of their charm often derives from their excellent proportions, including their well proportioned sash windows.
Unfortunately for the owners of many of these period homes, these windows are now at least 100 years, and often 200 years old, and they are suffering from many signs of ageing. Common problems are draughts, condensation, rattles, lack of security by modern standards, and low energy efficiency.
For many homes the best recommendation when dealing with problem windows is to replace them with cheap, long life, high energy efficiency, noise reducing, UPVC double glazed units. However, as anyone can see when they look around the urban environment, these modern windows often spoil the appearance of period buildings.
Owners may wish to avoid modern replacement units, both for aesthetic reasons, and also because research has shown that original features add to a home's value when sold, and make it considerably easier to find a buyer. In addition many areas where period homes are located have been designated as conservation areas, and are subject to local authority planning restrictions, which may limit the use of replacement units.
Home owners are able to avoid modern replacement units, either by carrying out a refurbishment project, or by replacing their windows with suitable wooden, double glazed units. Refurbishment projects fix problems like rattles and draughts, but still leave the owner with single glazing, which does not match modern units for energy efficiency.
Those who choose replacement with double glazed wooden units will have a modern-build quality unit, matching UPVC double glazing both for energy efficiency and noise reduction, while retaining the simplicity and elegance of traditionally designed windows.
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