Tuesday 31 May 2016

5 Questions to Consider Before Replacing Your Timber Windows

Do your windows actually need replacing?

One of the many benefits of timber windows is that general wear and tear and minor damage can easily be repaired. If you maintain your timber windows properly and at regular intervals, keeping them in a good condition, they can last hundreds of years before requiring replacement.

Sometimes the sliding or opening sashes can require replacement when the window frame is still sound. If this is the case, fitting new sashes into existing frames can not only be cheaper than replacing the whole window, but also less disruptive.

Do you require permission to replace your windows?

If you live in a listed property or conservation area you may require planning consent to replace your windows.

At The Sash Window Workshop we have many years’ experience working with homeowners to replace their windows in listed building and conservation areas. Our Listed Buildings and Conservation Area Guide provides advice for potential customers so they can understand the restrictions and limitations which may be placed on them if they live in a listed building or conservation area.

If there is any doubt regarding whether you require planning permission to replace your windows, we always recommend that you speak with your council directly.

Are your current windows “period” appropriate?

If your current windows are not appropriate for the period of the house, it may be worth replacing the windows with bespoke windows manufactured to the original design. The wrong windows can drastically reduce the value of your property.

If you think your current windows are wrong, try to find out when the property was built. If this information isn’t available, view our period property architecture timeline to match your home to the correct period.

Once you know the period of your property, a specialist, traditional window company should be able to work with you to design and manufacture period appropriate windows for your home.

What type of glass do you require?

When choosing the type of glass for your windows you will want to consider carefully what you are looking to achieve, for example the thermal, acoustic, and aesthetic requirements. There are lots of different glass options to choose from, covering a wide range of applications. So don’t be misled into having standard types of glass if there is something specialist that needs to be achieved.

For example, did you know that simply replacing single glazing for a double glazing doesn’t necessarily reduce noise? Remember too, that there are legal requirements with regards to safety glass that need to be met for windows and doors.

Who should you buy your new timber windows from?

There are a number of things to consider when deciding which company to buy your new timber windows from.

It is always worth obtaining two or three quotes, so you can compare the different options and decide who is right for you. However, remember that there are many different timbers and quality standards to choose from, so be sure to check your quotes really are “like for like”.

It is worth buying from a company that not only manufactures their own windows, but also employs their own fitters. This means that the company can ensure that the product and fitting is to a consistent standard.

Do your research before deciding which company to use, and ask to visit the company to see the windows being made. Look at whether the company has experience working on similar period properties, whether they are members of any accredited bodies, and whether they are FENSA registered. It is also worth looking at previous reviews on independent review sites, such as Trustpilot, before forming your own conclusions.

The Sash Window Workshop

At The Sash Window Workshop we appreciate that buying new windows is a big investment. We recognise the importance of choosing a company that not only understands your requirements, but is also trustworthy and flexible to work around your needs and lifestyle.

Unlike modern windows, all period windows were made to bespoke specifications. With over 20 years’ experience, we have a wealth of knowledge on the specific issues that arise from working on timber windows in period properties.

By manufacturing all new timber windows from our workshop in Bracknell, we ensure that our products are made to the highest quality. We are very proud of both our products and customer service, and encourage prospective customers to visit our workshop by prior appointment.

If, on inspection of your windows, our surveyors find that they do not require full replacement, we also provide a wide range of refurbishment and repair services.

To obtain a free, no obligation quotation call us on 01344 868 668.