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Bringing History Back to Life
Timber Sash Window Restoration in Ireland: these 6 points explain the process of restoration, why it adds value to your property and why it is important to select a contractor with expertise in this area.
Sash windows are an integral part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. These beautiful and functional windows have graced buildings for centuries, but over time, many have fallen into disrepair.
Restoring timber sash windows is not only an act of preserving history but also a way to enhance the aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency of a building. By following a few essential steps, these windows can be brought back to their former glory.
At Timeless Sash Windows, we are specialists in this craft. We will help you to conform to all planning regulations, government grants if applicable, architect specifications and ensure your windows are restored with the best quality workmanship using traditional skills.
To support our work, we are recognised Heritage Contractors with the CIF, approived RIAI CPD providers, and members of the Traditional Building Skills Register at the Irish Georgian Society.
1. Assessing the Condition:
The first step in any restoration project is to assess the condition of the windows. This involves identifying rot, decay, and any other damages. A thorough examination will help determine the extent of restoration required. We will look at the windows as a part of the fabric of the building and not in isolation. This is vital to ensure a longlasting result.
2. Repairing or Replacing:
Once the condition is assessed, the next step is to decide whether to repair or replace certain parts. Minor damages can often be repaired, while severely damaged or rotted sections may need to be replaced with spliced timber. It is crucial to use matching materials to maintain the window’s original appearance and function.
3. Stripping and Finishing:
To restore the natural beauty of the timber, the old paint and finishes need to be stripped. This process requires careful attention to avoid damaging the wood. After stripping, the timber can be sanded, repaired, and refinished with three coats of specialist exterior joinery paint for longlasting protection.
4. Insulating and Draft-proofing:
To improve energy efficiency, we will install specially placed draught seals. This will not only keep the cold air out but also reduce noise pollution.
5. Reassembling and Balancing:
Once all the necessary repairs and finishes are completed, the sash windows can be reassembled and fitted. Proper balancing and adjustment are crucial to ensure smooth operation and longevity.
6. Regular Maintenance:
To maintain the restored sash windows, regular upkeep is essential. This includes cleaning the glass, wiping the timber annually, lubricating the pulleys and hinges, and inspecting for any signs of wear or damage.
Sash window restoration not only adds value to a property but also contributes to the preservation of Ireland’s architectural heritage. By following these steps and investing in quality craftsmanship, timber sash windows can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
If you need any further information or assistance regarding sash window restoration or any other topic, please contact our office on 046-9023323 or email us [email protected].