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 www.ventrolla.co.uk.