RESTORATION OF TRADITIONAL TIMBER WINDOWS
We can carry out a full and comprehensive restoration of traditional timber sash windows. This complete overhaul of windows and box frames includes a number of steps as follows:
We can carry out timber repairs to both sashes and frames of your historic windows.
We provide a full glazing service, this includes damaged, cracked or loose putty. This is particularly important as loose or cracked putty can help water get into the timber of your window and it won’t be long before rot sets in.
We provide a full painting service. This includes thorough sanding and prepping of your windows.
When refitting the sashes into the frames we ensure full functionality by replacing any faulty or damaged wheels (pulleys) as well as adjusting weights as required for appropriate counter-balance. We replace cords with new cotton twill cords with a nylon core for long durability and we fit new ironmongery such as brass catches, handles and sash eyes.
We install a complete draught-proofing system which includes the fitting of new timber parting beads and new staff beads which are fitted with draught-proofing brushes. A further brush is inserted where the two windows meet (meeting rail) The draught-proofing system we use is tailor-made for traditional sash windows and ensures a complete draught seal around both sashes.
On completion of a full restoration job your windows will be fully functional, draught-proofed and painted.
Fitting of new timber windows
We fit a wide range of bespoke timber sash windows.
We can replace any historic window on a like for like basis where the window might be beyond repair.
We can also fit double-glazed sash windows that are closely modelled on the style of the original window.
We can discuss any design detail of your new windows with you or your architect.
Maintenance and repairs
We repair stuck or broken windows and frames and will replace any faulty parts such as broken sash cords, sash weights, sash wheels/pulleys, and any brassware such as handles, catches etc.
We can fit a variety of security locks.
We also offer a full re-painting service of your windows. It is recommended that timber windows should be painted on a regular basis, every 5 to 6 years.
We provide a comprehensive draught proofing service for both traditional sliding sash windows and casement windows.
By Draught Proofing your historic windows your home will be warmer, more comfortable and more energy efficient.
Draught Proofing will virtually eliminates all draughts and take away annoying rattles and will substantially reduces traffic and other street noises.
Draught Proofing reduces heat loss much more significantly than double glazing.
The system we use includes fitting of new parting beads and new staff beads which are fitted with draught-proofing brushes. A further brush is inserted where the two windows meet (meeting rail). The draught-proofing system we use is tailor-made for traditional sash windows and ensures a complete draught seal around both sashes without being directly visible.
We can change any cracked or broken single glazing. Unlike most glazers, we will ensure that the new glass unit (which might be heavier than the old glass) is properly counter-balanced so that your sash window continues to work properly.
We also fit slimlite-type double glazing. For advice on when, where and how to appropriately fit double glazing, please contact us directly.
We also fit and source any historic glass available, such as drawn glass from the Victorian period which gives a nice shimmering effect in your windows.
We only use appropriate glazing compound such as traditional linseed oil putty for single glazing and butyl putty for double glazing.
OTHER WORK (DOORS, SHUTTERS, ETC)
We provide a range of other restoration work such as repair and restoration of historic front doors and the restoration of internal window shutters.
We can also fit new window shutters/shutterboxes, architraves, window seats etc.
As part of our service we can arrange full repair and restoration of original stained glass windows. We work closely with the stained-glass artist Elaine Prunty . Examples of her work can be seen here