How The UPVC Conservatory Or Sash Window Versions Can Modernise And Conserve by Kathryn Dawson
Fine architecture is something that any home owner can be proud of. So, when it comes to modernising a home, it is only natural that a home owner should seek to ensure that the character of the building remains intact. In recent decades, the range of upvc designs has developed to include versions of those old characteristics. It means that a upvc conservatory can replace a dilapidated Victorian conservatory discreetly but effectively.
The options, of course, do not stop there, with Georgian sash windows easily replaced by upvc sash windows and their doors replaced by upvc Georgian style doors. Even when it comes to styling a home to enhance its dulling modern look, to mimic the grandeur and elegance of architectures of eras past, there are items to select from. For example, a patio can be installed to effectively open up the garden with the upvc french door option helping to create a continental feel.
The cost of replacing an old Victorian conservatory with the original cast iron frame can be huge. Not only can the materials be expensive, the time taken to cast and the assembled the framework can be long, meaning high labour costs. Add to that the glazing that also needs to be done and the final price can become staggering. However, upvc is light and easy to assemble, which reduces labour, while the glazing is easily and securely fixed in the upvc structure. And most importantly, the style and look is easily retained.
When it comes to windows, sash windows are distinctive in Georgian architecture, and to change them for more modern styles could ruin the overall appearance of a building. However, replacing the aging window frames with precisely the same materials can be very expensive and economically very unwise. Wooden frames can warp and crack in time, allowing damp and cold draughts to affect the home. What this means is that replacing them will have to be done again at some point in the future.
It makes more sense to find the longest lasting frames that retain the elegance of the original and also provide the type of thermal efficiency that can see home heating bills reduced. For all of these criteria, upvc provides the answer, with Georgian styled sash windows that are almost impossible to tell from the original. Their frames are longer lasting because they are practically impervious to the elements, and boast a variety of finishes that match the grain and appearance of several types of wood, such as mahogany or oak.
However, they are also highly thermal efficient. Typically, they use triple seals to provide the best possible protection against the elements, while also keeping the heat in. They have extra security features to protect against break ins and are designed to tilt outwards, as well as slide up and down, to make cleaning easier. In fact, all of the modern advantages are provided with none of the traditional characteristics lost.
It is a similar case with french doors. These doors are designed to allow light to flood the house interior, while also actively inviting those inside to step out into the garden. While many people are happy to purchase clean, white upvc versions of the french original, it is the original timber frames that more discerning owners wish to retain. Because of the range of grained finishes available, this option is also available making it possible for the doors to boast all the grandeur of mahogany or all the brightness of golden oak.
There is such as range of upvc options that the fretting that once accompanied talk of modernising a home no longer applies. The look is as close to the original as is practically possible, but the added advantages of greater efficiency, more affordable cost and a longer life span, makes upvc hard to ignore.
So, when it comes to replacing that old Victorian conservatory, there is a upvc conservatory that can tick all the boxes. And if new windows for a Georgian townhouse are needed, then upvc sash windows are available too, or a upvc french door version to replace those warped old patio doors that let in the draught.
Every demand that the discerning home owner might have can be satisfied, with the maximum advantages that come with modernisation intact.
Kathryn Dawson writes articles for Eurocell, a company manufacturing and distributing a complete range of high quality PVC roofline, upvc conservatory, upvc sash windows and upvc french door systems. They are a one stop shop solution for many industry sectors including house builders, local authorities and social housing landlords refurbishing housing stocks. Dedicated to remaining at the forefront of PVCu systems development, Eurocell today is characterised by constant innovation and investment.
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