Clearview National November 2015 - Issue 168 - Page 77

glass&sealedunits From Past to Present As more and more people fall in love with the romance of buying and renovating a listed property, so is the increasing need for expert support and advice, with customers seeking the right help at the right price. »»TV programmes such as, All Change at Longleat, Downton Abbey and Antiques Road Show bring into sharp focus the pros and cons involved in maintaining a stately home in the modern age. For those that have their own palace, mansion or perhaps slightly less grand, Grade 2 or Grade 1 listed building, it may come as no surprise to see large open spaces that are difficult to maintain and heat gracing their television screens. Such properties were built in a time before the phrase ‘energy efficiency’ was invented or when modern materials were widely available, and the design aesthetic perhaps overruled any desire to keep heat inside and draughts out. Granada Secondary Glazing has supported renovations to some of the UK’s most iconic, historic buildings, for commercial and residential property owners. Much of the Granada range has been specifically designed for listed building windows, conservation areas and heritage properties. “Owners of listed properties are used to dealing with craftsmen,” says Granada’s Steven Mansell, “and although our materials make the most of modern technology, we still apply a great deal of care and attention to detail.” Aesthetically, the detailing is of paramount consideration. Minimal site lines, thanks to slimline aluminium profiles, a high level of additional security, condensation control and easy access to the primary glazing. Concludes Steven: “You can see that owners take a great deal of pride in their management of a listed building, and secondary glazing not only remains faithful to the period, but means owners can comfortably utilise the property for many years to come.” C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » N OV 2015 » 77