Sash windows have timeless appeal and can be found on historic and period properties across the UK. Unfortunately, they are not known for their energy-efficiency despite being renowned for their visual appeal. Most sash windows are single glazed, with many having poor quality sealing around their frames and glazing. Nonetheless, there are steps that you can take to improve energy-efficiency if you are an owner of sash windows. Let’s explore how…
As well as working on well-known, historically important buildings we also do our fair share of domestic work and in this month’s blog we thought we would focus on what you need to do to prepare your windows for secondary glazing and why you should act now if you want them ready in time for winter.
There are currently around half a million officially listed buildings in England and Wales and while they are always keenly sought after when they come onto the market, owning and living in a listed property is not always easy. All listed buildings come with a number of rules, regulations and restrictions which can severely limit the kind of work and alterations that you may wish to carry out.
So, it’s with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to Guy Griffiths. Guy is leaving us for an exciting new venture that is close to his heart. He is going to be working with his Brother at their family business, Hi-Tech Motorsport and we couldn’t be more pleased for him (even though it leaves a sizable Guy-shaped hole in our company!).
At Storm Windows we know that the success of every restoration project relies not only on the expertise of each of the players involved, but also on the strength of their collaboration. This is why when it comes to projects of considerable scope- projects where teams of architects are involved- it's very important for us work closely with those architects.
At Storm, we specialise in manufacturing and installing bespoke secondary glazing for a wide range of historic, classic and listed properties around the UK. If you’re not entirely sure what installing secondary glazing means, it generally refers to adding an extra internal window behind an original window that cannot be seen from the outside. We are able to provide secondary glazing for many types of windows, such as sash, casement and York sliders, as well as Norman, Gothic and Ogee windows and arches.
Meet James Parkes, a window assembler and glazer! James has been with us for 4 years and here he explains what he likes best about his role.
We’re privileged to work across the UK on some fascinating projects, often steeped in history. A latest commission has been particularly special. Because of the important historic element, we were called in by a conservation officer who knew and trusted us from previous work.
Is your home losing too much heat? Do you worry that an effective solution may not fit in with your treasured, period home? With mounting energy bills and the challenges of maintaining an historic property, keeping snug can seem a growing challenge --especially in the face of mounting pressures from building regulations. But it doesn’t have to be that way...
Storm innovation brings secondary glazing solution for listed buildings with curved casement windows
Working with curved glass has always been a challenge. Now, we have pioneered a product that overcomes this obstacle and is suitable for projects that involve a more rounded approach!
Our Director George Parkes and his Son Jon Parkes took part in an epic charity bike ride and were among 30 avid fundraisers who recently cycled around 40 miles to different pubs to help Macmillan Cancer Support and The Mary Stevens Hospice. We'd like to say a massive well done to all involved!
One of which is Attingham Park, an English country house and estate in Shropshire. Situated near the village of Atcham, it is owned and maintained by the National Trust as a Grade I listed building.
Kerry is often the first point of contact and you will probably find yourself chatting on the phone to her when you call the office! Here she explains a little more about the role she does and why she enjoys it.
Having our own team of skilled craftsmen allows us to offer the professional, totally bespoke service that we do. And Shaun plays a big part in that!
Have you been watching the Channel Five series about the National Trust?
As our office and accounts manager, Jayne helps keep our business ticking, working away behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly! Here she explains a little more about the role she does and why she enjoys it.
Of all the team we will introduce you to in this feature, Oliver is the one our customers are most likely to meet, as he travels the country, advising on glazing, measuring up and then installing our products – he is very much the public face of what we do! Here he explains just what his role entails, and what he loves about it.
Every month, we’d like to introduce you to a different member of our team. Some of them work directly with our customers, but many work behind the scenes, in our workshop or offices, so we’ll bring you a snapshot of what they get up to, and the part they play in bringing you our bespoke secondary glazing!