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Intelligent Design

Expensive mechanicMy car has just turned 3 years old so I took it for a combined MOT and service expecting a clean bill of health and a stamp on the book.

Not so, apparently there was some damage to the do-dah-flange possibly caused by some impromptu off roading I did while parking in a field. I asked how much it would cost to fix the flippity-hop-pop and the man did the thing that all men who are covered in paint, oil or brick dust have done since time immemorial when asked how much something will be … he sucked air through his teeth.

“Oooh mate, (don’t call me mate) you see the part is quite cheap but I’ll have to remove the froggle-gomp-wing and the radial-dippity-flop before I can get access to the part and that’s going to take a few hours I’m afraid and that’s where the cost lies.”

I think by now you can tell that I’m not technical, well not mechanically anyway. Give me a bin of computer parts and I’ll build you PC but give me a big box of oily dos and dahs and I’ll simply run away.

It got me wondering why it was so hard to fix my car. Surely the manufacturer can anticipate that it will need repairs at some point in its life and that it would be useful if the car could be taken apart in 10 minutes with a screwdriver, hammer and a minimum of screaming.

And this brings me, rather sooner than normal, onto the subject of windows. After 30 years of trading we’ve seen timber windows in every possible state of disrepair and this makes us sad. We want your period timber windows to live forever and we know that to keep them looking their best and to keep the elements at bay the best policy is to paint your windows at least every 5 years. That means once every half decade wrestling a sash from the window box and potentially rupturing your spleen. A pretty daunting task.

Once again though, Ventrolla have an answer. For ease of future cleaning, painting and maintenance we have developed the unique Ventrolla Sash Removal System (SRS).

The SRS incorporates a system fixed and hidden in the side of the sash, which enables easy and safe removal of both the upper and lower sashes from the inside, giving free access to the sash window box/frame without the need for scaling the heights of the property exterior on a flimsy ladder or for expensive scaffolding .

It also meets the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM Regulations) with regard to the provision for ease of maintenance requirements. And if you’re worried that such a system might distract from the unique charm and heritage of your period timber windows there is no need. The system is mounted discretely into the wooden sashes and is not visible either internally or externally during the normal operation of the sash window, therefore not altering the appearance or character of the sash window.

So with the Ventrolla Sash Removal System you’ll never have to listen to the wind being sucked through builders teeth again. We can’t help with the mechanics though.

If you’d like to find out more about the services offered by Ventrolla call us today on 0800 0277 454.


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