What makes period homes all the more special is the original features that they boast. It’s no secret that period features can add value to a property but you may be surprised to learn that some homeowners want to avoid maintaining them. From fireplaces to doors, some homeowners look to replace features at the first sign of damage and commonly, period features are being switched out for more cost-effective and less attractive alternatives.
Sash Windows or UPVC?
One of the most cherished feature of any classic British period property is wooden sash windows. These beautifully designed windows add to the overall fascia of a building and can instantly draw the eye. However, these days it’s becoming more and more common to find these striking traditional windows being replaced by standard plastic-framed double-glazed alternatives.
Sadly, these UPVC windows continue to look out of place on period homes with English Heritage continuing to campaign hard to ensure that buildings and homes of architectural significance do everything they can to retain original features.
Of course, it’s not always simple for period homeowners who have to decide whether to repair or replace damaged features. It often comes down to cost and there is a perception that UPVC alternative frames are more cost-effective, which isn’t always the case.
Sash windows for example are often perceived to be an expensive luxury and if you encounter problems such as damp or rot the perception is that repair bills will be astronomical.
However, just because you have an issue with your sash windows doesn’t mean you will be paying through the nose in order to put things right. Have an expert come and take a look and give you a no-obligation quotation for potential work that may need to be carried out before you make the decision of having a full UPVC replacement. You may be surprised and it could cost you a lot less than you may have initially thought.
Retaining the original look and charm of your period home is very important for both historic and aesthetic purposes. There’s nothing wrong with combing more modern elements alongside period features but removing classic features entirely is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
It’s also worth noting that if your home is a listed building- or in a conservation area- you may need consent or planning permission to replace any features.