Do you have heritage windows in your home? If so, then you may want to protect them. Your old windows may have gorgeous designs and timeless quality, but their lifespan doesn’t extend into forever.
That’s because windows in traditional homes often use timber frames. While timber is a beautiful material, it does have some issues. One of them is the weather: wind and rain can cause cracks in the structure to expand, leaving gaps in the design over time.
If you have some of these windows, then many would recommend replacing them. However, that would mean taking away a window that gives your home style and character.
Not only that, but you may find it hard to add a more advanced design to your home. That’s because, if you live in a listed property or a conservation area, the authorities may not allow you to replace the windows.
As a result, you could end up stuck with your old windows over time. And, after a few decades, they can become increasingly difficult to maintain. The timber can fade, rot and twist down the years, and the only way to fix it is to repaint and revarnish the windows.
After a while, though, you’ll find that you have to do it almost all the time. That takes a lot of time you’d rather spend doing something else away from you.
So, how do you protect your windows without replacing them? The best way is to add Granada secondary glazing to your heritage windows. You’ll add a discreet internal window to your current build, which gives it much more insulation, security and robustness.
Your new glazing will also come with a durable aluminium or uPVC frame which can protect the wood from wind and rain.
Why Should I Choose Secondary Glazing for Heritage Windows?
Secondary glazing is ideal for heritage windows. That’s because you can protect and preserve the character of your existing design. However, you don’t have to replace it with modern materials.
Instead, you’ll have a stylish design that matches your current window, enhancing your home without detracting from its style. That means it can improve the performance of your window, but without replacing the design.
Because of this, it’s also perfect for listed homes and properties in conservation areas. Planning authorities are much more likely to accept a secondary glazing installation than a replacement window. Not only that, but secondary glazing is a more comfortable fit than replacing the glazing.
That means you can spend less on installation and labour costs. Also, it won’t take as much time, and you’ll be likely to avoid red tape too.
Secondary glazing is also a superb investment, even if you don’t have heritage windows. If you have more modern designs that have a period styling, such as Victorian and Georgian sash windows, then secondary glazing can be ideal for them too.
You won’t have to lose the style of the window, but you can make sure it performs for your home. That way, you can make your home warmer and more comfortable, and you can even save money on your energy bills.
Is Secondary Glazing Better Than Replacing Heritage Windows?
Replacing heritage windows is a brilliant option. You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of advanced options, which you can style to suit a traditional home. However, secondary glazing could be a better option for your home.
That’s because your timber windows have an authentic look that you don’t want to replicate. With secondary glazing, you can choose an option with a woodgrain finish, that will serve to complement rather than replace your existing window.
You’ll also get the same materials as you would in a new window. Our secondary glazing can use uPVC or aluminium, both durable materials. The aluminium you’ll get is the 6063T6 alloy, which is compliant with BS EN 755 standards. That means it won’t warp, it’s rigid, and it’s durable enough to last.
Not only that, but you can choose ‘low-E’ glass in your secondary glazing. This glass can reduce the u-value of your window to 1.87, while timber windows often have values closer to 4.7.
That means you’ll be able to save more energy inside your home. However, you won’t have to replace your window in doing it. You’ll still get stunning performance from your new design that you would in a new window, though. You’ll be able to reduce your energy costs and improve your comfort.
You can protect your window from bad weather too. That means draughts and cold spots can’t play havoc with your home either.
Can I Install Secondary Glazing for Other Windows?
Secondary glazing won’t only help heritage windows. Installing this superb design to any window in your home can make it perform more effectively. Even if you have modern windows, adding secondary glazing can stop cold air coming through into your home.
You lose 10% of your home’s energy through windows, so adding a design like this can reduce this impact considerably. Not only that, but you’ll add another layer of security to your home as well.
Additionally, you can make your living space more peaceful. There’s nothing more irritating than hearing sound from outside. Most of the time, you can’t do anything about it as well. However, secondary glazing allows you to put up with it no longer.
Our secondary glazing can minimise sound from outside by up to 54db. That means you can cancel out 80% of external noise, turning noisy cars and lorries outside into whispers.
If you have heritage windows, though, then secondary glazing can make an even more significant impact. Our designs are weather-resistant, stopping wind and rain from affecting the frame. We fit secondary glazing around 100-200mm away from your existing window to create an air vacuum as well.
That not only helps you insulate your home from heat and sound, but it can keep poor conditions from affecting your old window, extending its life.
Can I Install Secondary Glazing for Victorian Sash and Georgian Sash Windows?
Victorian sash and Georgian sash windows aren’t heritage designs as such, but they have the look and feel of them. Secondary glazing can also protect these windows from harm, extending their lifespan and enhancing your home.
You’ll be able to match secondary glazing to your existing window, and you can fully customise the fit as well. You can choose a face or reveal fix, as well as horizontal and vertical sliders, for a unique design.
Can I Install Secondary Glazing in Conservation Areas?
It’s hard to replace heritage windows in conservation areas. Planning authorities won’t take too kindly to most modern designs, making it a nightmare to help your home conserve energy.
With poorly performing windows, you’ll have to deal with more heat loss, and you can end up relying on your central heating to make your living space usable. Fortunately, Granada’s secondary glazing can help you solve this issue.
If you install secondary glazing, you can keep the character of your home. Not only that, but you can ensure your home maintains its style for decades to come. Our secondary glazing is incredibly long-lasting.
The aluminium or uPVC frame won’t rot, crack, twist or lose its shape for years. Not only that, but it can protect the internal hardware in the design. That means you’ll always be able to operate it smoothly, even after thousands of uses.
Because of this, you can invest in a timeless design to protect a timeless window. And, for even more peace of mind, Granada also offers a leading warranty. We’ll guarantee your secondary glazing for five years, and two years for the moving parts.
That means, should anything not work correctly with your window, we’ll help you to fix it or replace the design. That way, you can invest in secondary glazing in complete confidence.
How Much Does Secondary Glazing for Heritage Windows Cost?
Adding secondary glazing for heritage windows could cost less than you might think as well. As you won’t have to replace your old window, you can cut down the labour costs, and fit your new design quicker.
Also, you can customise almost every part of your new secondary glazing to suit your home precisely. You can match the frame to your existing woodwork, and customise the fitting as well, so it suits your budget.
The best way to get secondary glazing for your heritage windows, though, is to get a quote from Granada. We offer leading prices for leading designs, meaning you can get superb value for money.
Secondary glazing can also save up to 10% more energy for your home than comparable double glazing. That means you’ll save more money over time, and you’ll be making a worthwhile investment in your windows.
Secondary Glazing Prices for Heritage Windows
Find out how you can protect your heritage windows with Granada Secondary Glazing.
You can use our online secondary glazing quote builder to pick what you want in the shape, size and style you need, and get an instant online price.
For more information and advice, feel free to contact us and speak to our friendly team.
We look forward to working with you!