Blog bites

Blog bites are useful 'bites' of information relating to buildings, materials, sustainability, homes and housebuilding. Some provide links to suppliers relevant to themes mentioned in Old Handbook and Old House Eco Handbook.

Secondary glazing

Secondary glazing

There are a number of secondary glazing systems for windows which are designed to be unobtrusive whilst reducing heat loss from buildings; they also help stop the entry of noise and dirt. The Conservation Shutter Company (pictured) has combined the idea of traditional solid wood shutters and secondary glazing by creating a glazed shutter system. With an ultra-thin, lightweight metal framework, the Slimline system from Storm Windows is custom made and is held in place by a hidden magnet system around the edges while the frames can be powder coated to match internal colour schemes. A variety of other easy to install lightweight secondary glazing options are available, for further information visit my blog on secondary glazing.
Overhauling windows

Overhauling windows

Companies such as Copycats, Ventrolla and Sash Repairs are just a few of the firms that specialise in overhauling windows. They cut out rotten wood, make up new timber sections and, importantly, will draughtproof windows by installing inconspicuous ‘brush’ strips to the top edge, meeting rails and parting beads. This provides an effective way of improving the thermal performance of windows without losing their character and history. These strips also help reduce noise and dirt from outside.