You may have heard of conservation roof windows when looking at roof windows in general. So what are they and why are they around?
To explain it simply, conservation roof windows must be used on houses in conservation areas to match the aesthetic of the houses in the area.
This is just one of the things to consider when building in a conservation area, so here’s what you need to know about them.
In the late 1960’s, the first few conservation areas were decided. They are areas of historical or architectural significance and to date, there are now more than 10,000 of these areas in the United Kingdom. These areas are decided by English Heritage and signed off by the Secretary of State.
Stamford in Lincolnshire was the first area in the UK to be listed as a conservation area in 1967.
Conservation Roof Lights and Roof Windows
Conservation windows are easily recognised with their slim black glazing bar running vertically along the centre of the glass. These glazing bars mimic the look of the cast iron roof lights popular in Victorian times. Conservation windows are also designed with a lower profile, enabling them to sit recessed into the roof. These windows are finished in black, this is also to mimic cast iron. They were originally only supplied by the Scandinavian Velux Roof Windows, but with large growth within the roofing supplies industry many other variations are available from other roof window suppliers such as Fakro and Duratech.
These windows are produced to a modern standard and are essentially identical to their non-conservation counterparts apart from the bar down the middle. All the special glazing options are also available for conservation roof lights and the windows are installed in the same manner.
As you can see from the image below, the conservation roof window sits nicely into the roof and does not look out of place in its Victorian style setting.
Perhaps you prefer the look of conservation roof lights and windows compared to standard ones, you can view our range of conservation roof windows here.
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