Historic Window Shutters29/08/2022
Sash Windows with Double Glazing02/11/2022
The Benefits of Refurbished Windows
- Preserving our architectural heritage. The windows are an important element of the design of the building, as such, preserving their original style is keeping the original character of the building intact.
- Value. Original windows add value to the building. Repairing and maintaining windows that are over a century old and have proven they can withstand wear and weather, will provide a positive impact on the authenticity of the building, thus adding value. Inappropriate replacements will reduce the attractiveness to future buyers.
- Longevity. Historic windows were originally made using high-quality slow-grown timber that can last for centuries. This pitch pine is rarely available today. Additionally skilled joiners assembled the windows. At Timeless we use the same time honoured techniques to repair and indeed make new windows. The life span of historic windows can be several hundred years, in comparison to the much shorter lives of poorly made new windows. As such it makes sense to refurbish them where possible.
- Possible to Repair. Timber, like uPVC and other window materials, needs to be maintained. In the case of neglect, timber windows can be spliced and repaired, maintaining as much of the original timber possible and providing ease of use as in the case of a new window. However, different materials, such as uPVC windows are impossible to repair and must be thrown away and made new each time.
- Low environmental impact. Refurbishing timber windows follows the circular economy goals of keeping products in use as long as possible. There is considerably less pressure on the environment to repair rather than source new raw materials, in addition to reducing the amount of waste generated.
- Small Carbon Footprint. The longer lifespan of a product allows the carbon to remain sequestered for the maximum amount of time. The team at Herriot-Watt university in Edinburgh did a full life cycle analysis study with conclusive results that in all cases, “Despite having the lowest capital cost, PVC-U windows were shown to have the highest whole life costs over 60 years in all scenarios.” You can read the full report here .
- Healthier. During the refurbishment process, all existing paint is stripped from the windows, taking them back to raw timber in order to repair the sections as necessary. In most cases, this paint is lead-based paint. Our experienced craftspeople take great care during this process. The finished windows will then be repainted using Teknos long-lasting water-based exterior joinery paint. This provides a finish that requires less maintenance, protects the wood and is kinder to your home and the environment.