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Article Date: 1st August 2018

Selectaglaze - A Property is Never too Old for Secondary Glazing

Secondary Glazing - Oak Framed Leaded Lights - Noise Reduction

Selectaglaze - A property is never too old for secondary glazing

Mr and Mrs Golds live in a 600 year old house in Chiddingstone, which is one of Kent’s oldest and most picturesque villages. Their home lies on a main country road connecting local villages and just a stone’s throw away is a lively local pub.

Despite the Grade II Listing, the previous owners had, at some point, replaced the original windows for single glazed crittal units, which looked out of keeping with the rest of the property. Therefore, the Golds’ decided to replace all the windows, with a design and feel resembling the originals. Single glazed oak framed leaded lights were installed throughout the house.

While new windows were fitted, they were ineffective in substantially eliminating the draughts and keeping the heat in. Plus with only single glazing acting as a noise barrier, Mr and Mrs Golds would be disturbed at closing time, when people were exiting the pub and could always hear the passing traffic.

Whilst perusing through a copy of The Listed Property Owners Club Magazine, Mr Golds observed an article by Selectaglaze about a recent project in a Listed house in Oakham, so they decided to investigate secondary glazing for their own home.

Selectaglaze - A property is never too old for secondary glazing“I was most impressed with the service received throughout the process. Everything was clearly explained and all our queries and concerns answered” said Mr Golds.

As you can envisage in a timber framed house which is this old, it has a number of quirks and irregularities. The floors slope and the window reveals are far from being square and true, which makes a project like this technically demanding. Detailed measurements were taken to instruct the timber shop to produce exacting timber grounds to which the secondary glazing would be installed. The fitting process also required good craftsmanship to scribe the timber to fix into the reveals.

A total of eight units were produced in the slimline Series 10 two and three pane horizontal sliding range. Time was taken to decide on the right colour to ensure the new additions would blend in and complement the interior décor and the primary windows. At the front of the house, the secondary glazing was finished in a light oak wood grain effect and at the rear of the property in the modern extension, glossy white units were installed.

“We are very happy with the final products. They really complement the primary oak framed windows – so much so that our friends didn’t even notice them when they visited. We had to point them out! The most noticeable improvement so far has been the reduction in noise – we don’t even notice the traffic now.”

Selectaglaze - A property is never too old for secondary glazingWell insulated and well-designed secondary glazing can reduce noise disturbances by up to 45dB and even more if specialist frames and glass is used. Owing to high performing seals and a tightly installed system, air gaps are reduced which practically eliminates draughts and reduces heat loss.

Established in 1966 and granted the Royal Warrant in 2004, Selectaglaze is the leading specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing. Selectaglaze has vast experience in working on all building types from Listed properties to new build offices. The company produces an extensive range of literature and guidance notes covering acoustics, thermal performance and added security and offers both a technical advisory service and a RIBA approved CPD Seminar to architects and interior designers.

Selectaglaze will be showcasing a variety of secondary glazing products at The Old House Show at the Old Royal Naval College on the 7th and 8th of September.

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