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When windows in or near conservation areas need replacing it can be a little tricky, due to the requirements involving the look of the surrounding properties. Houses and other buildings in these places have a particular character and appearance which has to be preserved. This does not leave much room for manoeuvre where improvements or modifications are needed.

These locations are identified by the Local Authorities as having a definite architectural quality or historic interest and planning permission must be sought before any changes are made. Local Authorities are responsible for maintaining the integrity and look of a conservation area, and must adhere to strict guidelines. The upgrade should compliment the environment, and retain its special qualities.

Replacing windows in conservation areas has to be done with exceptional care, and will probably need a planning application before proceeding. This is to ensure that the rules about modifying these properties are adhered to. Windows are a major design feature of these homes, and must be sensitively dealt with when needing to be replaced. The original timber frames are preferable, but where these have rotted, there is a risk of damage to the rest of the building.

It is sometimes possible to get approval to fit UPVC double glazed window systems in conservation areas with agreement of the Local Authority. Where permission is given, it will usually be on the proviso that any window replacements do not differ too much from the originals. Fortunately the look and charm of these timber windows can be beautifully replicated with a UPVC substitute. This means an energy efficient, low maintenance and attractive result, as achieved within many projects completed by Trade Window Services. Give them a call on 01702 557137 with any queries or to arrange a quote.

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