Re­plac­ing your tim­ber win­dows

Richard Dol­lar, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at The Sash Win­dow Work­shop, ex­plains what to con­sider when re­plac­ing win­dows in your pe­riod home

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Re­tain the cor­rect pe­riod style

It is im­por­tant to in­stall win­dows that suit your pe­riod prop­erty. Re­place­ment win­dows with the wrong ma­te­rial or style can dras­ti­cally re­duce the value of your home. A spe­cial­ist tra­di­tional win­dow com­pany should be able to work with you to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture tim­ber win­dows to meet your re­quire­ments.

Glaz­ing op­tions

When choos­ing the type of glass, you need to con­sider 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. Don’t be mis­led into hav­ing a stan­dard type of glass if there is some­thing spe­cial­ist that needs to be achieved.

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

Plan­ning per­mis­sion

If you live in a listed build­ing or Con­ser­va­tion Area, you may re­quire plan­ning con­sent to re­place your win­dows. If there is any doubt, speak to your lo­cal coun­cil. You will of­ten be re­quired to sub­mit de­tailed tech­ni­cal draw­ings with your plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion. The Sash Win­dow Work­shop can sup­ply tech­ni­cal draw­ings of pro­posed win­dows to sup­port an ap­pli­ca­tion once an or­der has been con­firmed.

Ob­tain­ing quo­ta­tions

Check whether the com­pany man­u­fac­tures its own win­dows and em­ploys an in­stal­la­tion team. This helps en­sure that the prod­uct and fit­ting is to a con­sis­tent, high stan­dard.

There are many dif­fer­ent types of tim­ber with dif­fer­ent dura­bil­ity, so be sure to check what tim­ber is be­ing quoted. The Sash Win­dow Work­shop rec­om­mends us­ing Ac­coya, which is ex­tremely durable, has a 50-year anti-rot guar­an­tee, and re­quires min­i­mum main­te­nance.

With over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, The Sash Win­dow Work­shop has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence re­plac­ing be­spoke, tim­ber win­dows in pe­riod homes across Lon­don and the South. To ob­tain a free site sur­vey and quo­ta­tion, con­tact 01344 868668; sash­win­


Three­part Ac­coya case­ment win­dow frame, £2,520 Top right:

Vic­to­rian tim­ber win­dows and doors. Vic­to­rian bay sash win­dows start from £6,600 Above left:

Two-over-two Ac­coya sash win­dow, £2,160

Twopart six-over­nine Ac­coya sash win­dows, £4,560 Above right:

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