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Double Glazing for Listed Buildings

Old listed building not suitable for uPVC Double Glazing

Renovating a listed building or a property in a conservation area can prove to be something of a headache. English Heritage maintains a raft of rules and regulations regarding these types of buildings, and although they are there to protect areas of outstanding beauty and tradition, they can be highly frustrating when trying to improve these properties.

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Your Legal Rights

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Choosing to upgrade the windows in your home is big investment and can be scary if you aren’t aware of the systems which are in place to protect you as the consumer. There are several laws in the UK which specifically protect consumers in the event of faulty products, unfair contracts or poorly delivered service. Let’s examine a few of them.

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How to Resolve Problems or Disputes

Businessmen arguing about double glazing

If you have a problem or dispute with the company who have installed your new windows, this article will help to detail what courses of action are open to you.

There are a few things you can do before you have to resort to legal action.

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Do I Need Planning Permission for Double Glazing?

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Double glazing provides homeowners with many practical benefits that single pane windows do not.  Better insulation keeps the heat in during the winter and out during the summer.  A second pane provides a barrier to sound, reducing the amount of exterior noise that enters a home.  Improved insulation means less condensation build-up on the interior pane.

Before you begin any home improvement project, including double glazing, it is a good idea to contact your local planning authority to find out whether or not you need planning permission.

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Building Regulations and Double Glazing

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UK building regulations are designed to establish standards that ensure the safety and health of residents.  The regulations apply to new construction as well as changes that are being made to existing construction, and they apply to a variety of home improvement projects, including double glazing.

So, it is important to make sure any changes you want to make to your home comply with the appropriate regulations.

 

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Basics

What is Double Glazing?

girl looking at double glazed windows

It’s quite simple: Two panes of glass are laid in a wood or plastic frame with an air or gas-filled space between them. Although a …

How Double Glazing Works

A scientist examines a molecular model

The science behind this type of window is actually quite easy to understand: It depends on the fact that air or gas is a much …

Aluminium, uPVC or Wooden Double Glazing?

Open wooden double glazed window

Since it’s difficult to attach glass directly to the walls of your home, replacement windows or doors obviously need frames. The three most common choices …

Features

Tilt & Turn Windows

Tilt and Turn Double Glazing

Tilt and turn frames offer an alternative to conventional casement ones. The design originates from Germany, and although they are well known throughout Europe, they …

Mind the Gap!

A section through a double glazed window showing two panes of glass with gap between them.

What you need to know about the gap. If you have decided to explore replacing the windows in your home, you will soon discover that …

Energy Efficient Glass

Picture of house with double glazing next to energy rating chart

Today more than ever, consumers are conscious of the need to conserve energy around the home. Energy costs are at an all-time high and will …

Buying

What is the Average Cost of Double Glazing?

The average cost of Double Glazing

Whether you are installing new windows or having the existing ones on your house replaced, it is useful to get an idea of what the …

How to Save Money and Get a Great Deal

Photo of piggy bank infront of double glazing

One very important reason for replacing your existing windows is to save money. Superior insulation and heat retention properties can dramatically reduce your energy bills. …

Double Glazing Sales Tactics

Pushy Double Glazing Salesman

The high-pressure sales tactics used by some representatives in the industry have gained quite a lot of negative publicity recently. While it is true that …

Legal

Double Glazing for Listed Buildings

Old listed building not suitable for uPVC Double Glazing

Renovating a listed building or a property in a conservation area can prove to be something of a headache. English Heritage maintains a raft of …

Your Legal Rights

Photo of black book with The Law written on it in gold

Choosing to upgrade the windows in your home is big investment and can be scary if you aren’t aware of the systems which are in …

How to Resolve Problems or Disputes

Businessmen arguing about double glazing

If you have a problem or dispute with the company who have installed your new windows, this article will help to detail what courses of …

Repairs

Condensation Inside Double Glazing

Condensation or ‘misting’ inside a double glazed window is a sure sign that the sealed unit has failed

Condensation or ‘misting’ inside a window is a sure sign that the sealed unit has failed. Somewhere, a point in the edge seal of the …

Broken Glass In A Double Glazed Window

Broken Glass

There are various reasons, sometimes a combination of which can cause the glass to crack or break. It is not just down to impact as …