The one question I will always be asked, whatever I design. What will we do with these brilliant old period sash windows? “Keep them of course!” I reply. Ok so what do we do with these beautifully designed windows to match exacting interior design standards? There’s a number of things we can do actually and each one an upgrade, without detraction from the beauty and elegance of the period property.
The most basic service is a simple draught proofing system. This is ideal if budget is a constraint and we are in a rush to meet a deadline. This work can be booked in at short notice with most London sash window draught proofing companies and typically costs less than £500 per window. It provides relief from draughts, cold, rattling, and dust. We can’t have our beautiful new curtains, and blinds soiled after all. A service I’ve used recently is solar glass to reduce the sunlight bleaching our new interiors. Be warned it is costly, and has a tint, not all will find this appropriate. An example would be the same as the pictured tint here:
I’ve used other services such as double glazing the original sash in combination with a draught proofing system. Considering solar glazing can be included and we are already glazing it works out quite good on price. Typical windows will cost under £1000 but be warned we will need to decorate the frame as the method of rebating the sash to allow for a larger glazing required heavy routing machinery and this leaves decoration in poor condition. An expected problem from such a large upgrade. We must also factor £200 to decorate the inside of the window again. Once finished however, the draught proofing, double glazing, and solar glazing looks brilliant.
Sometimes we don’t need or want a particular window to open. This is the simplest of all. We seal the window in allowing no dust or dirt, draughts, and nasty nasties through. It is surprisingly effective for noise as well because all the little gaps are closed in and that leaves for an air tight fit. It’s also a good solution if your house has movement or subsidence and you don’t want to pay to have the whole window refurbished
I personally don’t recommend sealing your windows in it’s nice to have breeze and enhances the style if all windows are slightly open at the top and bottom. The ventilation works best that way allowing hot air in at the top and colder air can circulate from the bottom. If all windows can do this it’s very handy in the summer months when some nice cool fresh air is a bonus. London Sash Window Repairs Ltd offer all the services mentioned above – sash window draught proofing, sash window double glazing of existing sashes, and even sash window repairs if you need them to. I’ve had sill replaces, rails patched up and even whole new sashes when it was too expensive to make good on the original.
This beautiful curved window needs new glazing and a draught proofing system. The obscure glass is dated and would benefit from satin or sand blast effect. The window structurally will benefit from draught proofing.