If you are having trouble with period sash windows, you may already be looking online to find the best company to help you repair or replace the windows entirely. There are a wealth of options and you may be overwhelmed by the choices that you need to make in picking a restoration firm to do the work. Here are some top tips from our experts in choosing a sash window restoration specialist.
Don’t be tempted by uPVC
uPVC may be cheaper and easier to maintain, but it has its own disadvantages. Firstly, in a period house, it will look out of place and may not be allowed in a conservation area. Secondly, the life of a uPVC unit is substantially shorter than that of a quality wooden sash window.
Choose a company that specialise in sash window replacement
Many window companies will claim to be experts on sash windows, but take a look at their website. Do they make their own sash windows? Are they able to give examples of previous work in your area? Do they repair and replace sash windows using traditional carpentry skills? You don’t want a firm that outsource some of the work to another expert.
Are the company sensitive to period replacement?
Have the company got previous experience working with listed buildings and conservation areas? Even if you are not in a conservation area yourself, it’s good to have the assurance that the company will work hard to keep period details and looks.