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Comprehensive guide to windows and doors for period homes

Published: 18th December 2020

When making improvements to a period home it’s vital that you select materials and products that match the traditional style of the property, or the surrounding environment.

Thanks to our Huddersfield based manufacturing site, we’ve supplied our windows and doors to numerous customers that live in older, traditional stone-built homes, which are typically found in towns such as Holmfirth, Penistone and Glossop.

Based on our experiences, we’ve put together this useful guide on how to choose the correct windows and doors for a period home.

Familiarise yourself with building regulations

Before going ahead with any home improvements, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the building regulations in your local area. Although this advice applies to any type of home or building, it is even more pertinent for those living in period homes.

For example, if your home is situated within a conservation area you’ll need to establish whether or not there are any Article 4 Directions. This legislation is designed to preserve the characteristics of the original building, which could influence the type of doors and window frames that can be fitted to your home.

It’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean that you can’t change the windows or doors to suit your own style. The regulations simply state that homeowners would need to seek planning permission from the local authority.

Enhanced energy efficiency with no compromises on style

One of the best things about replacing your windows and doors is that it can significantly improve energy efficiency. And in turn, this can lead to cost savings on energy bills.

When working with an experienced manufacturer, like Lockwood Windows, you can reap all of the benefits of new windows and doors without having to compromise on the historic style of your home. In fact, our PVCu frames can be customised to feature a traditional wood aesthetic for your sash, casement and bay windows.

Additionally, our composite doors are available in a variety of period designs which means a like-for-like swap is likely to be achievable.

Using heritage colours to maintain a period look

Without doubt colour is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing new windows and doors. Particularly, if you’re trying to maintain a period look for your home.

Our windows and doors are available in a wide range of heritage colours such as Chartwell Green, Painswick and Irish Oak. These colours are designed to complement traditional stone-built homes and help to add character to any type of property.

Not only can these colours create an elegant style for your home, but you can also take advantage of their hard-wearing nature. Each colour is foil-laminated to ensure maximum durability and protect your window or door from extreme weather conditions.

Complete the look with accessories

From Victorian to Edwardian, our composite doors are available in an extensive selection of period designs. Your front door is a great opportunity to add an authentic look to your home and create a welcoming entryway.

To complete the look you can add traditional ironmongery such as door knockers, handles and letter plates or opt for decorative glazed side panels.

Get in touch with our friendly team to arrange a free, no-obligation survey or learn more about our windows and doors for period homes.