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Why it’s so important to preserve original sash and casement windows in old buildings

Sash windows and casement windows are part of our heritage and have been a common sight on UK properties since the end of the 17th century. Sash and casement windows represent a significant contribution to the charm and characteristics of period buildings and are a feature many property owners are keen to retain.

For private domestic homeowners, these original features are likely to be one of the reasons they chose the property in the first place, along with other visually aesthetic features. With the proper care they will add value if and when the owner comes to sell. From a wider heritage point of view, public buildings with sash and casement windows may be protected by laws that regulate their modification and replacement…

guildford sash windowsListed buildings (as determined by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to be of special architectural or historic interest) are protected by strict planning and restoration guidelines, namely the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The Heritage List is looked after by Historic England. Works to these properties must be performed under specific conditions, using appropriate tools and equipment, by approved contractors and other strict regulations.

Whilst not always governed by the same restoration guidelines, we take our responsibility to restoring and replacing sash and casement windows in everyday homes just as seriously. There is an art to preserving any original aspect or distinguishing feature and we are careful to be sympathetic to the existing design. In fact, our team of highly skilled and experienced joiners produce exact replicas to ensure every inch of your new window matches the original and is still in-keeping with the rest of the building and surroundings.

Windows, in any home, are subject to wear and tear and elements can need replacing or fixing from time to time. There’s a misconception that old windows in old properties must be replaced with uPVC frames. This is simply not true. In the hands of specialists like joineryworkshop.com these beautiful period features can be just as draught, water and weatherproof as any modern fitting. Precise measurements and attention to detail will ensure your restored windows are energy efficient and built to last; in fact we offer a five year guarantee on all work we carry out.

Restoration is often more cost-effective than replacement, not just in the short term, but by maintaining original sash windows, you will almost certainly add value to the price of your property in the long run.

If you are thinking of restoring or replacing your sash or casement windows and need some advice, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to provide an evaluation of your current units and offer our expertise and craftsmanship to bring them back to their best.

Call the Guildford sash windows and casement windows specialists at joineryworkshop.com on 01483 600 985 or email enquiry@joineryworkshop.com.

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