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Redesigning your home should be an exciting time for the whole family to get involved with, but there are certain considerations that need attention beforehand – especially if your home is located within a conservation area. In England alone, there are over 10,000 conservation areas; managing and protecting special architectural and historical places of interest.
uPVC is an affordable, durable, highly insulative and low maintenance construction material, so it’s hardly surprising that over two-thirds of homes in England (69%) have windows that are all or mainly double-glazed uPVC. So, if you’re planning on updating your windows in the near future you may very well be wondering;
General best practice dictates that local authorities will approve replacement windows in conservation areas as long as they are in keeping with the style and era of the property, whilst improving the building’s energy efficiency rating; so, it’s really decided on a case-by-case basis. However, if some or all of your permitted development rights have been removed by an Article 4 direction, you may need to apply for planning permission. If you are unsure about anything at all, we always advise double checking with your local planning authority for a full update of limits and conditions that may be applicable to your particular location.
A window option that you may not have thought of (or even heard of!) are conservation-friendly uPVC windows. Offering an innovative combination of authentic timber aesthetics boosted by the modern benefits of uPVC, there’s no need to worry that your period or traditional home could be ruined with ‘unsympathetic’ window replacements.
Conservation windows offer an incredible finish, which usually comes with a slightly higher price tag than regular uPVC windows. A&B Asset customers need not worry about the additional cost, as we have a wide range of attractive home improvement finance options to take advantage of.
Boost your homes energy efficiency, considerably reduce energy bills whilst making your homes exterior the envy of the neighbourhood with charming conservation friendly windows. With completely bespoke offerings available, get in touch with an A&B Asset expert today to discuss your renovation needs further.