Considerations When Restoring a Classic Home

Considerations When Restoring a Classic Home 1

The architecture of bygone eras is one of the longest-standing reminders of old styles of art. Paintings and photos tend to fade or get lost, and clothing falls out of fashion or falls into disrepair. However, buildings are built to last longer than clothes or even paintings. The buildings are large pieces of art built by talented hands. However, buildings have to suffer through endless amounts of weather. Sun can dry, crack, and bleach the surface of a building. Rain tends to erode and degrade the natural materials used to construct the building. If you own a classic building or if you are in charge of maintaining one, you need to take some steps to keep it looking brand new.

Restoring the Building

When you are restoring a classic building, you want to modernise it as much as possible without ruining the character of the building. If it was built before the era of air conditioners and complex HVAC systems, you don’t want a clunky air conditioner unit sitting on the top of the building. You can hide those systems in different ways. You should also modernise the windows, but you need to be very cautious about changing too much. Windows are incredibly important to the visual appeal of the building. If you change the appearance of the window, even in small ways, you could alter the way the home looks and even undermine the classic look of the building. That’s why secondary glazing is so important. You can refer to this secondary glazing case study to see the different benefits.

Energy Costs

Secondary glazing provides significant savings on energy costs, which is important for any home and especially helpful for classic buildings. Classic buildings were not necessarily built with the same standards as new homes. Therefore, they might be a little bit draftier or less insulated than modern buildings. You can remedy this problem with a secondary glazing on your windows. You should make sure that your glazing is not visible from the outside, though. If the new window and window frame are on the inside, the building will appear the same, but it will have modern energy savings.

Much of the heat in your home travels through the windows. During the winter, it escapes to the outside. During the summer, heat comes in through the windows. Secondary glazing creates another layer that will reduce the amount of heat transfer.

Noise Reduction

Secondary glazing also helps reduce noise pollution. Old buildings are notorious for being very vulnerable to noise from the outside. The kind of glass used as well as the way the windows fit in the frame are common culprits.  A secondary window will seal your home tight, reducing noise from outside.

Security Considerations

Your old windows might be drafty and noisy because they don’t fit into the frame very securely. That also makes them susceptible to criminals. If someone is trying to break in, windows that don’t seal fast can be a target. A secondary window will provide modern protections. With all of these benefits, you should invest in quality secondary windows.

 

Jeremy Wend

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