22 Aug 2019

Meeting the challenges of period property glazing

Interweaving modern-day facilities and comfort with the traditional features of historic properties is one of the major challenges faced by architects and builders renovating period houses.

Creating a characterful property that caters effortlessly to the needs of 21st century homeowners is something that takes careful planning and, very often, ingenuity.

Sourcing the right materials and expertise is crucial to any build project, but when the care and conservation of historic architecture is involved, this becomes even more critical.

Windows in particular can create difficulties when listings prohibit replacement or alteration. Finding a way to draught and sound-proof single-glazed windows to ensure a comfortable living space, without impacting their appearance or listed status, can be challenging.

This is where Storm Bespoke Secondary Glazing excels. Our bespoke solutions are tailored to the period property market and historic buildings, offering made-to-measure units that prevent draughts, improve thermal efficiency and provide noise insulation whilst remaining virtually imperceptible.

The use of our system also eases the planning consent process as we are a recognised supplier to clients ranging from private period homeowners to organisations such as English Heritage, the National Trust, Historic Scotland and Cadw.

Our specialist team of engineers individually manufacture all secondary glazed units by hand and we provide solutions for a wide range of windowns, including sash, casement and York sliders, along with the shaping of Gothic, Norman and Ogee arches. We have also developed our system to allow us to manufacture certain styles of our glazing in a ‘curved-in-plan’ condition.

Homeowners can now reap the rewards of warmer, more cost-efficient homes without the stress of a substantial initial outlay, by fitting secondary glazing on an affordable payment plan.

The introduction of a new finance scheme means Storm customers can now spread the cost of installation, interest free over 12 months, and enjoy the long-term cash benefits of reducing heat loss and shrinking winter bills.

Here at Storm, we know the fitting of our secondary glazing panels pays dividends for private customers over time, but feedback we were receiving suggested homeowners wanted an alternative method of payment to spread the cost and ease the budgetary burden that paying in one lump sum can cause.

We are continually developing our products, using engineering expertise, in order to sympathetically work with the fabric of the original building, without detracting from its unique character.

Recent projects

Plas Newydd House

One of our latest projects for the National Trust, the stunning Plas Newydd mansion of Anglesey, is steeped in history having housed a string of marquesses across five centuries, from the 1500s to the 1900s.

It’s situated in a punishing environment, with the building exposed to the Menai Straits and bearing the brunt of the Welsh weather. Maintaining a stable temperature within the building is important, not just for the comfort of visitors, but also to preserve the collection of antiquities within.

This stunning house boasts the largest collection of Rex Whistler paintings as well as relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey's tenure, who led the cavalry in the Battle of Waterloo.

Storm has worked closely with the project team at Plas Newydd to complete two phases of works that will ensure a much more comfortable environment. Combined with a new heating system, which has a ground source heat pump from the Menai Strait, Storm has fitted secondary glazing to a selection of the windows to provide thermal insulation and draft proofing.

Brook House

Former cottages saved from demolition and made into a single residence in the 1960s, Brook House in Warwickshire was painstakingly renovated using reclaimed materials such as old beams complete with so-called witches' marks, gravestones for the fireplace and an impressive cast iron spiral staircase rescued from a Coventry bookshop during the Blitz. It is an impressive sight and considered one of the most important buildings in the conservation area to which it belongs.

Nine of the original casement windows remain intact and together form an important part of the overall look and style of the house, but they were single glazed with very thin glass. This made them draughty and prone to condensation, as well as allowing noise in from the village green opposite.

Our glazing solution made a difference to both the warmth and sound-proofing of the house.

Thanks to the introduction of a finance option, homeowners can now reap the rewards of warmer, more cost-efficient homes without the stress of a substantial initial outlay, by fitting secondary glazing on an affordable payment plan.

Storm customers can now spread the cost of installation, interest free over 12 months, and enjoy the long-term cash benefits of reducing heat loss and shrinking winter bills.

This is quite unique in the secondary glazing industry. A finance application can be submitted for sums between £3,000 and £37,500 with an easy application process.

Benefits of working with Storm

Our bespoke secondary glazing can:

• increase a home’s thermal efficiency up to 50%
• reduce noise pollution by up to 80%
• be tailor-made to fit windows of any shape and size, including feature windows and glazed rooves
• easily gain planning consent, conforming with listed building regulations
• make upgrades affordable with our homeowners finance

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