Social-HousingSocial landlords and housing associations are facing huge challenges when it comes to maintaining publicly-owned properties.

Of the 3.3 million homes for social rent in England, around 1.5 million were built between 50 and 100 years ago, meaning many are now reaching an age where major repairs must be considered.

Not only is this putting pressure on maintenance workforces, but a clamp down on public property owners by the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA), regarding procedures and budgets, is making the maintenance process more involved.

The need for greater transparency on spending, driven by the regulator’s value for money standard, means it is becoming increasingly important to have access to services that offer quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness, with long term durability.

Christian Walker, Marketing Manager at period window specialists Ventrolla, said: “We’ve experienced an increase in enquires related to social housing, which is no surprise in light of recent reporting on the sector.”

“More and more of our customers are expressing the importance of future-proofing their homes and investing in products which will last them a lifetime. As a result, we’ve seen many opting for the reinstatement of timber sash windows to replace their ageing plastic or aluminium ones, mainly as timber windows have around three times the lifespan and can increase the value of a period property.”

“What Ventrolla can offer as a solution to this problem is a service and a product which meets the needs of not only the housing associations and landlords, but also their tenants too. As period window specialists, our products respect and retain the design and heritage of old buildings, while also improving their energy efficiency.”

With over 30 years’ experience, Ventrolla offers a nationwide bespoke renovation service for timber sliding sash and casement windows as well as for timber doors.
Its unique service includes draught-proofing with the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS) and fitting replacement double-glazed sashes that incorporate the patented Sash Removal System (SRS) for easy painting and maintenance.

For a FREE no-obligation survey and quotation, call free on 0800 0277 454 or visit


Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

A renowned eye hospital celebrating its bicentenary this year has been given expert help to retain its heritage by leading period window specialist Ventrolla.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital has a new modern building now but its former hospital building, a Victorian Grade II listed facade, remains on a prominent site in Oxford Road.

Citylabs, a new biomedical centre of excellence is being developed there, using both the frontage of the former Royal Eye Hospital building and a 94,000 sq ft building at the rear.

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Wilton Castle in Redcar

Wilton Castle in Redcar

Ventrolla assisted in the renovation and conversion of Wilton Castle in Redcar, North Yorkshire. Working in conjunction with the main contractor Wimpey Homes, Ventrolla renovated over 100 sash and casement windows on an ongoing basis.

- Ventrolla’s Wood Repair System VR90 was used to carry out repairs and fix scarfed in timber.

- All sashes were eased, adjusted as necessary and balanced.

- New sash cords were fitted and pulleys and hinges serviced.

- Windows were fully draught-proofed using Ventrolla’s unique Perimeter Sealing System.

- Sash windows were fitted with the Ventrolla Sash Removal System, which allows quick and easy removal of sashes internally for future maintenance.

- Aluminum trickle vents, coated in Heritage Green to match the existing windows, were installed into the top sashes to comply with British Standards.

To see more examples of Ventrolla’s timber window renovation service click here.


Grade II Listed Rudding Gates Apartments

Grade II Listed Rudding Gates Apartments

When the Grade II Listed Rudding Gates Apartments opened eight years ago, Ventrolla were called upon for their expertise in sash window renovation.

Repairs were carried out on eight windows and two doors, which included extensive timber repair and renovation, and the installation of the unique Ventrolla Sash Removal System which allows easy future painting and maintenance.

To see more examples of Ventrolla’s timber window renovation service click here.


Double Glazing for Period Timber Sash Windows

Double Glazing for Timber Sash Windows

Ventrolla’s new Double Glazing brochure gives a comprehensive insight into the range of solutions available to replace cold, draughty, single-glazed timber windows with modern double-glazing.

With rising heating bills, many homeowners are looking for ways to maximise the energy efficiency of their timber windows, whilst retaining their original look and charm.

Whether it’s replacing original single glazed sashes with new slim double glazed sashes, or alternatively manufacturing complete new double glazed timber windows, Ventrolla has the perfect solution for your property.

Ventrolla offers timber window renovation and performance upgrade services throughout the UK and Ireland. For a FREE no-obligation survey and quotation, call free on 0800 378 278 or visit


NEW Ventrolla Window Hardware brochure

We know that those finishing touches make all the difference when decorating your home.

That’s why we offer our window furniture in a range of different styles and a choice of 23 finishes, so you can find the perfect look for your home.

Hand-forged using traditional skills, each of our unique pieces will beautifully enhance your windows.

To find out more, download our new Window Furniture brochure or call 0800 378 278.



Discreet Secondary Glazing

Discreet Secondary Glazing

Although probably not top of the list for most people now the sun is shining, this time of year is the perfect time to think about secondary glazing.

As we all know, the warm weather doesn’t stick around forever so taking measures to reduce window draughts and rattles before the winter months is not such a bad idea.

Although here at Ventrolla we pride ourselves on restoring period windows back to their former glory, we also specialise in secondary glazing – an ideal solution for those living near busy roads or other noisy environments who want to reduce sound intrusion as well as heat loss.

As stated on the Centre for Sustainable Energy website, “Around 18% of the total heat loss from a typical house is through the windows. By reducing window draughts you can cut the heat loss and make your home more comfortable.”

As many period homeowners consider double glazing their windows as sacrilege, due to the history and heritage of their home, original sash features can be retained using various forms of secondary glazing.

Approved by English Heritage, Historic Scotland and CADW in Wales, Ventrolla’s discreet secondary glazing system reduces heat loss and improves sound insulation in both listed properties and those in conservation areas.

For more information visit our new secondary glazing website or give us a call on 0800 378 278.


Ventrolla experts on hand at Royal Highland Show.

Ventrolla experts on hand at Royal Highland Show.

Timber sash window specialists, Ventrolla, will be heading on over to the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh next week.

From Thursday 19th until Sunday 22nd June at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston, thousands of people will be flocking to the show to experience a wide range of countryside pursuits, sample the finest food and drink and enjoy a unique shopping adventure.

So, take a seat in the grandstand to watch this year’s award-winning animals on parade, or indulge in Scotland’s larder at The Food Hall, or even visit the cookery theatre which offers four days packed with master classes hosted by chefs and restaurateurs from across the country.

Ventrolla’s expert team will be on hand, offering advice and guidance on all things timber window related – see us at Stand 805 in the Shopping Arcade.

Ventrolla specialise in restoring and repairing timber sash windows, focusing on renovation, draught-proofing and performance upgrade.

For a free no-obligation survey and quotation, please come and see us at stand number 805, or call 0800 243 126 or visit

For more information about the show, including ticket information and directions please visit


19th century Golcar Vicarage

19th century Golcar Vicarage

The sodden sash windows at Golcar Vicarage have been urgently replaced by period window specialist Ventrolla.

The property, occupied by the local vicar and his wife, sits within the grounds of the Golcar parish, West Yorkshire. Following an inspection of the late 19th century building the windows were deemed too rotten for repair.

Read the full case study here.