As an owner of a Listed Building, it is important any replacement windows comply with Grade 2 Listed Building restrictions.
But what about window maintenance?
How should you keep your traditional high-quality windows in tip-top condition?
At Hugo Carter, we know that soundproof windows are an investment for the long term especially if you’ve had them installed in a Listed Building or Conservation Area.
That is why we have created this guide to window maintenance and repair to help you keep everything operating smoothly, looking good and free from wear and tear. We will share how to inspect and clean your windows, lubricate their hinges and check their seals. If you’re thinking of Listed Building window replacements, this is the only guide you will need.
What Is A Listed Building?
You may need to consider specialist Listed Building windows if you live in a historic property or one in a You may need to consider specialist Listed Building windows if you live in a historic property or one in a protected conservation area. Regulations, in this case, can make upgrading windows to improve soundproofing and energy conservation challenging. Often traditional double glazing is not permitted by planning authorities meaning specialist help will be needed to find the right solution.
Owning a Grade 2 listed building can mean extra work, so it is important to find experts with the knowledge and experience to guide you. The good news is Hugo Carter’s team specialises in helping clients just like you replace windows in historic properties. We have a huge range of window maintenance and replacement resources available online too.
All this means is there is no need to struggle with out-of-date windows or suffer from noise pollution or heating bills. We can let you know what is possible with new windows and also help you keep them, and your home, in pristine condition for years to come.
What Are Some Of The Restrictions With Listed Buildings?
Modern double glazing is rarely accepted in a Listed Building as it is seen to change the historic characteristics of any property. Similarly new plastic or PVC frames are rarely sanctioned. Hugo Carter’s range of timber windows might well provide the answer.
Our secondary windows, for example, mean you can have all the benefits of silent windows without having to make structural changes to your home or property. You can create a truly remarkable high-performers solution by combining new windows with your current frames, rather than replacing them outright.
We have helped many homeowners achieve success whilst staying in-line with Listed Building restrictions. We could do the same for you.
How To Maintain Windows In A Listed Building
Once you have installed new or secondary windows in your period property, you will want to keep them in tip-top condition. A few simple steps will ensure they last, remain sound and energy efficient and look good from the very moment they are installed. And you can relax! You won’t need any specialist window maintenance tools or knowledge. There is nothing that should take longer than a couple of minutes as part of your everyday home care routine.
Regularly Inspect Your Windows
As a bare minimum, we would suggest giving your windows a thorough inspection at least once a year. There is value to keeping an eye out for dirt, debris, cracks and breaks in any sealant more regularly. Open and close your windows a few times during each inspection. Take a look into all the nooks and crannies too. It is easy to miss imperfections and issues in timber frames especially.
One tip is to start with windows that are tucked away behind curtains, blinds and shades. These can often develop problems that build up unnoticed as life goes on around them.
Clean Your Windows Frequently
For mildly dirty windows, you can typically limit cleaning to lightly spraying a cleaning product on your window to wipe off. Using a soft and lint-free cloth like chamois will avoid streaking. For heavily soiled glass windows, you might want to consider using hot water, a stronger detergent and a more robust sponge. Excess water can be removed with a squeegee.
Many people focus on cleaning glass panes, however keep your window frames looking fabulous dust or vacuum away any dirt, grime or cobwebs. Then use a sponge and all-purpose cleaner to wipe down all the visible framing material. For outside? You might want to add some mild brushing to eliminate more entrenched dirt.
Lubricate Your Window Tracks
Check with your manufacturer for recommended lubrication products. With Timber windows you might want to choose natural waxes and oils rather than silicon or plastic-based materials. Regular lubrication will keep the parts moving smoothly and avoid jamming. Jamming timber windows might be a sign of cracks or water damage, so may need further investigation.
With smooth running tracks, you can enjoy effective windows that let in the sun and keep out the cold.
Check The Sealing Around Your Windows
The sealant, sometimes known as caulking when discussing traditional windows, is the material around your windows that keeps them watertight. If any part of cracks, breaks, falls away or disintegrates, it needs to be fixed straight away. Even the smallest of leaks could cause permanent damage, so it pays to be incredibly vigilant.
Sealant problems are most common at the bottom corners of windows and in between window panes. Keep your eyes peeled.