If you are considering installing new or replacement windows and doors in a conservation area, or in a sensitive period building, talk to one of members. We have both the products and the experience to help you.
According to English Heritage, the main threat to conservation areas is ‘unsympathetic replacement windows and doors – usually PVC-U’. In a survey published in December 2013, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) lists the top 10 crimes against period homes. Number 1 on the list is 'Replacing original good quality sash windows with inappropriate modern aluminium or PVC-U casements and stripping out original period doors.'
Conservation officers hold different views on what is and what is not acceptable for replacement windows and doors in their area. But many have little experience of how authentic today’s modern, high performance double-glazed windows are. It is always worth contacting a Wood Window Alliance member with experience of the sector to give you advice – and to support your case in discussion with the conservation officer.
They will be happy to give you advice on any project you are considering.