Be A Custodian Of Your Home’s Heritage

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Original sash windows and casement windows in period properties have great significance. They’re not only an integral part of the building’s architecture but their design, materials and methods of manufacture also contribute greatly to a home’s historical and financial worth. They are, however, often altered or replaced over the years, and not only can this spoil the look of a property, but can be detrimental to its value too.

Naturally, most period property owners today are on the lookout for the holy grail of home improvements that improve energy efficiency. But over the years, not all homeowners have been as protective of heritage features in their quest for home comforts.

Sash windows and casement windows are renowned for being draughty, so they have often been casualties of home modernisations. However, if you want to maximise your home’s value, it’s worth looking into how you can enhance the energy efficiency of your original windows, rather than resorting to ripping them out or replacing them with a cheaper alternative, like uPVC.

Can I make my timber windows energy efficient?

The good news is – yes you can! Sash window specialists, like Ventrolla, have a raft of innovations which can make old windows energy-efficient. Like their unique draught-proofing – the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System (VPSS), which can drastically improve the warmth of your home. This innovative system seals the gap that surrounds the sashes in order to eliminate draughts and rattles and can greatly enhance energy retention, in turn, helping to reduce fuel bills.

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Is double-glazing out of the question if I want to keep my old windows?

Double glazing and secondary glazing are also options worth considering for your original sash windows. Ventrolla can craft made-to-measure double glazed sashes and fit them into your existing window box frame. Alternatively, were original windows are beyond repair, they can also make completely new double glazed sash windows, bespoke to your property. Both options retain the integrity of your period windows, while making your home as comfortable as possible.

If your property is listed, in a conservation area or protected, secondary glazing for original sash windows could be a more suitable option – preserving the look while improving the efficiency.

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Restore, don’t rip out!

It’s a common contemporary concept that old can equal worn out and no good. The craftsmanship found in sash and casement windows enables them to last for a century or more – so finding an expert restoration company, like Ventrolla, should be your first port of call. Don’t panic if your frames look rotten, your sashes rattle or your rooms are freezing cold. A good restorer has a host of techniques that they can call upon – from splicing in new timber to stripping back old windows to replace the mechanics. All ensuring that your home retains its stunning character and heritage value for generations to come. Food for thought? You can read more about this here.

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If you’d like to know more about windows within period properties and how best to preserve them, Historic England have produced this helpful guide.

Ventrolla have been renovating original sash windows, casement windows and doors in period homes for nearly four decades, so there will always be someone to offer advice at any point along the project. If you would like us to help with your old sash or casement windows, contact us today to chat about your project.