What We Do

Restoration and Repair of Sliding Sash Windows

To renovate and repair existing sliding sash windows, all staff beads and parting beads are removed and replaced with new timber beads, sashes are removed and re-corded and balanced with lead add-on weights to existing cast weights. Boxes and sashes are scraped of excess paint, any broken glass can be replaced. If safety glass is required to meet British Standard this also can be supplied and fitted. Rotten cills and repairs to bottom section of boxes are carried out using Sapele hardwood (a very durable and long-lasting hardwood). If required, new window hardware including locking handles and security lock/restrictors can be fitted – various finishes available. (House insurance may require this).

Draughtsealing Windows and Doors – Help to Reduce Heating Bills

To draughtseal windows and doors a plastic channel is routered into the staff beads and parting beads, which surround the window, creating the channels that the windows slide up and down in, and also the meeting rail (by the handle) and a synthetic brush draughtstrip with a nylon flipper incorporated is fitted into that channel. This not only resists draughts but also stops the window from rattling and can even be fitted, if necessary, to the sides of the sashes to help prevent excess sideways movement.

Double Glazing Existing Windows

Without removing the existing boxes, hence creating less likelihood of damage to interior decorations, new sashes, either softwood or hardwood, can be fitted incorporating double glazed units. These can be hung in the traditional way on new lead weights and cords or, if space is limited, spring balances can be used.

Sympathetic Restoration in Listed & Conservation Areas

As listed buildings require like-for-like specification, any repair or new work will meet existing designs eg: interior window moulds; glazing bar sizes etc. Conservation Area restoration, though possible to be double glazed, will be met with the strict criteria of not differing in appearance from the original. Glazing in listed buildings may require old-style ripple glass rather than 4mm float glass. New ripple glass can be sourced or it may be possible to use reclaimed glass in some cases.

New Timber Windows & Doors

New timber windows and doors will meet British Standard and be appropriately certified. Windows can be made from whatever timber is required, double glazing as standard unless fitted into listed buildings, which require like-for-like single glazing.