Do modern composite windows work in a traditional style home?
As high performance Swedish composite window manufacturers our windows and doors are often installed in contemporary new-builds, with expansive glazing and open plan living spaces.
However, if you’re looking to replace the windows in a traditional style home or renovating a period property, such as a barn conversion, you may think composite windows are too modern for your project and are considering more traditional materials, typically wood. Often property development is restricted due to planning restrictions or building regulations, such Grade listing – however this doesn’t mean that composite windows will be rejected in the application as their multitude of benefits provide a good argument.
Are composite windows the right style for a traditional property?
Westcoast Windows’ Swedish composite windows can be tailored to suit your style of property. Our Classic Series is available in 28mm double and 36mm triple-glazing and is suitable for all styles of home. The Design Series has been developed with contemporary architecture in mind, but is not limited to this type of build – with 48mm triple-glazing and a deeper glass unit for maximum light and elegant lines, with the right design and colours it will work equally well in a period home. Lastly, the Antik Series has been designed to combine a truly traditional look with the modern performance of composite windows – with classic ovolo moulding, a handmade feel and traditional accessories it really does suit a property with heritage.
How can composite windows be designed to suit a traditional property?
From the initial design stage we can help guide you through the process to design windows that will suit your style of home. Our authorised distributors will assist you with your plans, help you decide on window openings, transoms and mullions, glazing bars, colours and accessories to create a bespoke design unique to your home. Visit our HOMEOWNER GUIDANCE page to view the various glazing options, colours and finishes.
What are the environmental benefits of composite windows for a traditional property?
Composite windows have a unique bonded construction of an aluminium exterior and wood interior which offers exceptional energy efficiency, thermal insulation, weathertightness and acoustic benefits. Composite windows are built to last – they have a 10 year guarantee and industry professionals suggest they have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years, plus they are fully recyclable.
How authentic do composite windows suit a period style property?
The aluminium exterior of composite windows is powder-coated in a colour of your choice, therefore has the appearance of painted wood, with none of the maintenance. The real wood interior is available in knot-free laminated pine, oak or other species, giving that warm authentic feel most suited to a traditional property.
Can composite windows be used in a listed building?
Composite windows are well suited for listed buildings, particularly with windows in hard to reach areas that would require scaffolding for regular maintenance. The powder-coated aluminium exterior needs minimal maintenance and, for cleaning of high level windows, the TSG180 Top Hung Reversible window is a good choice, as it can be cleaned from the inside. With the wide varieties of styles and designs available with Westcoast bespoke composite windows, we can find a solution to match as closely as possible to your existing windows.
The Old Corn Mill in Cornwall is a good example of a Grade II listed building that required replacement windows, where composite windows were approved. View the project here:THE OLD CORN MILL
Take a look at these case studies where traditional properties were installed with composite windows, to see for yourself…
SOUTH NORFOLK BARN CONVERSION
THE OLD CORN MILL
NORFOLK FARM HOUSE
PRIMROSE FARM BARN