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Stunning and Versatile Window Systems

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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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Protect Your Home With High Quality Guttering

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High quality guttering delivers a range of benefits for your home, protecting it from water damage and its consequent expense. Gutters do a great job by diverting rainwater safely, so avoiding problems like damage to windows, flooring, furniture, décor and foundations. They function well, but need to be maintained if they are to provide the maximum benefits, and not become clogged. Of course, there are many things to worry about these days, but life before gutters must have been a bit problematic!

The first gutters came about in around 3,000 BC, and were made from wood, stone or brick. Ancient civilisations fashioned these early gutters to drain water from one area to another. As you might suspect, the Romans were the first to use this form of water channelling.

Gargoyles on buildings were usually functional as opposed to simply Gothically decorative, and were used to guide water away from important parts of the structure. These were replaced in the 1200s by more practical lead, clay and wooden gutters. Modern gutters come in materials like steel, UIPVC, aluminium and copper, and in a choice of shapes.

Get your gutters cleaned by specialists such as Chelmsford Roofline, to limit the risk of accident, and obtain a professional result. Falls from ladders are a major reason for trips to A&E, ask any NHS worker. Over the years specialists who clean and maintain guttering have found thousands of children’s toys up there. These have included balls, frisbees and shuttlecocks, not to mention lunch boxes, Barbie dolls and toy cars.

Gutters can be a haven for pests like mosquitoes, which love stagnating water, another reason to keep them clean. Strangely, earthworms are often found in gutters too, leaving many people puzzled. They are thought to be carried up there on birds feet or via the wind as eggs, but nobody is sure about this.


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