So what does this mean? Well, the ‘right’ windows should be original or at least look like the originals. While this generally means possessing authentic design details, it can also mean being made from high-quality lasting materials, having hardware that’s in-keeping with the era or being properly maintained so they function correctly. Most often, it’s a mix of all of these.
Before you commission bespoke windows, book in renovations or choose replacements, it pays to check what style windows your home should have. And this is where a little detective work can come in. If you’re stuck, it’s worth asking timber window specialists like Ventrolla to advise you. Our team are obsessed with heritage detail and there’s nothing more important to us than ensuring that every aspect of the timber windows we restore or craft are faithful to the period of the property.
If you have a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian property, it’s important to stay true to the architectural features that would be expected from timber windows in these eras. Whether that’s the number or size of panes, or the shape of the frame – make sure yours are right for the style of your home. So what should you look for?
Georgian sash windows, for example, are elegant and functional. They could be single- or double-hung (where both sections open) – but it’s the glazing style that’s key. They had four-over-four, nine-over-nine, six-over-two, or mostly commonly six-over-six panes. While Victorian sash windows often have one large pane of glass in each sash. They favoured larger panes to signify wealth as the heavy window tax made large panes unaffordable to many. Often adorned with intricate carvings and moldings, glazing bars could be decorative too, as can window frames.
In Edwardian times, sash windows are simple and elegant – with a more modern look, thanks to straight glazing bars. Mostly multi-paned on the upper sash, they have a single pane on the lower sash. And their sash windows are typically larger, as architects looked to flood more generously-proportioned homes with light.
It’s not just sash windows that play a key part in the history of a home. There are many different shapes and sizes of timber windows that are equally important. So you may have casement windows, a round window, French doors, Gothic arched window or a hopper window. These should be sympathetically restored or replicated to ensure your property retains its unique character – and at Ventrolla we can do just that.
Of course, architects in all eras had their own interpretations of window style, and added their own individual touches. So don’t worry if your windows don’t fit standard patterns. Ventrolla have the expertise to copy every tiny detail of your existing windows to make sure replacements or additional windows are the perfect match. We can also make bespoke replacement timber doors that are right for the period of your home.
If you’d like to protect the heritage of your home, contact our experts today. We’re always available to answer your questions and to help you find the perfect solution for your property.
Indeed, timber windows can be perceived as more expensive than their uPVC counterparts initially. However, it’s crucial to consider the long-term benefits that timber windows bring to your home. With proper maintenance and care, timber windows can last for decades, adding unmatched charm and character to your property. Besides, the superior insulating properties of wood can lead to potential energy savings, making them a wise investment for the future.
Absolutely! Wooden windows can significantly enhance the value of your house. Their timeless elegance and natural beauty appeal to many property buyers, creating an attractive selling point. Potential buyers often appreciate the quality craftsmanship and the traditional aesthetics offered by timber windows, giving your home a distinct edge in the market.
When properly maintained, timber windows boast impressive longevity. The lifespan can vary based on the type of wood, installation quality, and environmental factors. High-quality timber windows, installed and treated correctly, can last anywhere from 30 to 100 years or more. Regular maintenance and protection against moisture and pests can extend their lifespan significantly.
Absolutely! Timber windows can be double glazed, and it’s a popular choice for those seeking to improve energy efficiency without compromising on aesthetics. Double glazing enhances the insulation capabilities of timber windows, reducing heat loss and outside noise while creating a cozy and tranquil living environment.
If your old timber windows are showing signs of wear and tear, such as rot, decay, or significant drafts, it might be time to consider replacing them. Newer timber windows are crafted with advanced materials and techniques, offering better energy efficiency, longevity and durability. Moreover, upgrading to modern double-glazed timber windows can lead to substantial energy savings in the long run.