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How to update your period property whilst keeping an authentic look

While many period properties that still have their original windows ooze lots of genuine character, anyone fortunate enough to own such a property will no doubt be all too familiar with the many problems that can beset old windows. 

Besides the inevitable ravages of time and the weather, the materials they’re made from, be it wood, metal or a combination of both, will be showing their age after so many years of use and will no longer fit or work properly.

Apart from letting in draughts and the weather, some of the heat from inside will pass through the glass, and unless you’ve had secondary glazing fitted to your original windows, all of these factors will be reflected in higher heating bills. 

How to address these problems and keep the authentic look of your property?

In order to maintain the authentic look of your property, and to comply with today’s building regulations, installing modern flush sash uPVC windows is the ideal ready made solution.

Easy to fit, they’ll eradicate draughts, make your home far more energy efficient, and be much more durable than your old timber or metal originals.

Keeping out draughts and the weather.

This is just one area where modern flush sash uPVC windows shine. The Residence Collection range of low maintenance uPVC windows, for example, combine classic period design with cutting-edge energy efficient technologies and weather sealing.

Residence 9 windows use a honeycomb of nine energy efficient chambers within a 100mm deep profile, creating the ultimate barrier between your home and the weather. 

What about thermal efficiency?

With 44mm triple glazing or 28mm double glazing, Residence 9 uPVC windows achieve U-values as low as 0.8 W/m2K with triple glazing, and 1.2 W/m2K for double glazed options, together with a certified window energy rating of A+.

Will you need planning permission to change your windows?

If you live in a Listed Building or Conservation Area you will need to apply for planning, however The Residence Collection has been approved in many of these instances across the uk. A superb alternative to timber options, the Residence range are genuine replicators of 19th century flush windows. Created using the specifications of traditional timber designs, their authentic appearance has been approved for usage in areas with Article 4 directions in place.

Safety and security.

Along with structural wear, draughts and energy inefficiency, the original windows of older period properties are generally lacking when it comes to safety and security. But here’s yet another way that modern flush sash uPVC windows stand out.

The Residence Collection range are constructed to ultra-thick CEN A wall thickness and predominantly glass bonded. Fitted with multi-point locking systems as standard, security levels are exceptional.

Why not add a touch of colour.

There’s no reason why you need to stick with the same colour your windows started out with. With a choice of 26 colours and shades, the Residence Collection are suitable for a range of period properties and individual tastes.

With the right choice of colour you can really bring your Victorian, Georgian or Edwardian property back to life, while remaining sympathetic to its original features.

At Residence Collection, we believe windows can make or break a period property’s charm. Residence Collection’s windows replicate 19th century timber window designs with modern features and benefits. Download a Residence Collection brochure today and start your Residence journey.



At Residence Collection, we have a range of colours available and can offer everything from timeless classics like Grained White to modern favourites such as Eclectic Grey. Don’t forget, we also offer a dual finish that allows you to find windows and doors that look as good from the inside as they do outside.