If you’re the owner of a listed building and you want to make changes to the windows that the building currently has in place, extreme care has to be taken. There are regulations and guidelines that means it’s not quite as simple as tearing out the old windows and replacing them with new ones. Here’s what you need to know about the process and how to approach it in the correct and proper way.
Getting Consent From the Local Authority
Before you can replace or make alterations to the windows in your historic building, you are likely to need consent. You get this from the local planning authority, which is run by the local council in your area. Repairs don’t usually require this consent though.
If you’re not sure whether or not you need consent from the local authority or not, it’s always best to check so that you don’t get in trouble. They’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have about this and it’s best not to take risks when it comes to making changes to listed buildings.
Repair is Sometimes Preferable to Replacement
Heritage groups often claim that repairing and restoring the windows of listed buildings is sometimes preferable to replacing them. Professionals can help you with the process of restoring your windows and making repairs if they’re needed. The benefit of this is that you retain the original style and authenticity of the windows.
Of course, the other benefit is that the repair work won’t require any planning permission, meaning there’s less for you to worry about. As long as the restoration is faithful to the original style and being carried out by a professional glazier who knows what they’re doing, it should be totally fine.
The Importance of Using Experienced Professional Glaziers
If you are looking to replace, repair or restore the windows of a listed building, it’s always vital to hire professional and experienced glaziers to carry out the work. At Castle Glass, we offer those kinds of services and in doing so, we bring our knowledge and expertise to each job we take on. This means problems are less likely and mistakes don’t get made that could damage the integrity of the windows or the building.
It’s worth going the extra mile to hire the professionals because this kind of work can be more difficult and challenging than it looks. You don’t want to hire an amateur who doesn’t have experience working with these kinds of windows or with listed buildings. It’s something might live to regret, which would be unfortunate.
Here at Castle Glass, we have the experience and expertise to ensure the windows for your listed building are fitted exactly as they should be. We can also make sure that the right consent is found and that your listed building is never made vulnerable at any point during the process. If you need more information or support, don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact details here on our website.