Old Versus New : Should I keep what I have ? or go for UPVC.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s many home owners replaced their sash windows and old wooden front doors faster than you can say "oops", in favour of more modern wood or aluminium
replacements. In most cases removing the characterful look of the property.
Over time , many a skip has seen the sheer waste of historic lead lite windows and beautiful wooden front doors that gave the property it's own identity. These once skipped items can now be found in reclamation yards and antique shops up and down the country and are sold at a premium.
Many home owners today are lured by the prospect of replacing their old wooden windows, doors and frames for so called maintenance free UPVC Double Glazed Replacements. items that have gone on to prove to be far from maintenance free, and in one instance one of my customers who had a snapped window locking mechanism that could not be freed, after a lot of time spent adjusting and attempting to free the rusted mechanism without success - unfortunately It resulted in the window needing to be replaced!!!.
Why Replace, Why not Repair?
We have to thank the designers, builders and architects of the past for giving Britains buildings their wonderful character and features.
I love woodworking and the prospect of saving Historic Windows and Doors, so with this in mind its my opinion that replacing them does not have to be the only route.
After all the reason they have lasted so long is a testament to the quality of the timber and the construction techniques they used , the timber selection was also a very important part of the process.
It's because of this the timber windows and doors of yesteryear where built to provide longevity and integrity, it would be interesting to see if a UPVC Window or Door will last a century or so - I very much doubt it.
Please don’t get me wrong I'm not knocking UPVC products they have their benefits too, and I do fit them when requested, but in an older period property why not consider a program of repairs to your existing wooden windows & doors as an option.
In many cases this type of detailed renovation work can actually add value to your property with many prospective home buyers looking for character and original feature.
Repairs can be undertaken to suit all budgets and traditional joinery or modern techniques are used, for existing timber framed windows,firstly I start the removal of damaged or rotten wood, then splicing or scalf jointing to the original sections using selected seasoned timber for solid structural repairs.
The use of specialist wood fillers is kept to an absolute minimum, I try to only use fillers to fill nail head holes or small blemishes. Repairs use only timber to avoid huge lumps of resin based fillers.
Where the window or door is truly beyond repair I can manufacture a Hand Made replacement that would be constructed from the same or similar species of timber. For finish, The use of trade quality coatings are my main stream methods.
However, for a more authentic approach to restoration ask about the bespoke traditional coatings that can be used to complete the work providing a lovely finish and longevity.
The following photos are examples of replacement casement window and door manufacturing, and the right hand side slide show contains examples of sash window repairs.
From Repairs to Full Restoration call me to discuss your project
Tel: 07463 117790
Above Old Window Before: This small window had not been opened for many years and had almost rotted through to the inner timber, the existing window in this case could not be saved so we made a double glazed replacement.
Above Replacement: New Hand Made Window installed using mortise and tenon joinery complete with obscured double glazing primed and finished with two coats of quality Dulux Trade exterior coatings.
Above: Labour of love - One of my Hand Made doors using traditional methods this is a 1930s design interior Door Prior to decoration and installation - made from seasoned redwood pine
Above Excellent Victorian Inspiration with this Curved Bay Window, also look at the detail in the lower stonework.
Above: Another Excellent Example, How the use of wooden window frames add character to new developements.
Above: a lovely example of Victorian Quadrant Ovolo Window Frames, Excellent Detail and Ornate Leadwork to the bay roof.
Decorative Coatings - The Finishing Touch
All Windows, Doors and Frames can be stripped on site, sanded then treated using one of our industry proven wood preservers. Bare timber surfaces primed then undercoated , and finally finished with two coats of a highly durable exterior specialist trade quality exterior coatings.
Any colour can be matched, mixed or created this also includes historic colours.
Where more Traditional coatings are required to maintain Historic Integrity, please ask about specialist paint blends.
Sash & Casement Window Services
Service Includes: Repair or Replacement. For Sash Windows Re-Cording and Balancing, Glazing, Putty Replacement, Painting, Decorating & General Repairs
Bespoke Handmade Replacements.
So if you are considering Wooden Window & Door repairs why not give me a call or email me to discuss your requirements.
Tel: 648 8783 Mobile 07463 117790
Hours of Business
Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm
Above: Handmade Fixed Transom and Replacement Sill Section
Above: Handmade Wooden Fixed Window
Above: Handmade From Sepele Replacement Sill to a 1930s French Window
Above: Handmade Victorian Cupboard Doors
Above: Handmade Opening Transom to Existing Surround
Above: Sample of Sill Replacement
Above: Reproduction Handmade Victorian Alcove Cupboard Doors
Fully Handmade Victorian Style Wardrobe, Floor to Ceiling
Mr & Mrs Behan, Hoylake
We contacted Carl for advice as to repair and renovation of a French window, 2 other windows,back door frame and skirting.Carl provided reassurance and advice which has enabled us to retain the items involved.
Carl provided an acceptable estimate and a schedule for the work together with a commencement date.
He takes great pride in his work which has been carried out to our complete satisfaction by a meticulous craftsman with a minimum of disturbance.
We have no hesitation in recommending his work and service.
Mr & Mrs Giles, New Brighton
We could not more fully recommend Handyman Services.
The level of customer care, professionalism and reliability are second to none.
Exceptional quality of work backed up by specialist knowledge and expertise.
Absolutely delighted with our new window and frame.
So impressed that Carl worked above and beyond to keep the window and frame in period style.
Fantastic attention to detail, with explanations of the work he needed to undertake throughout to ensure the best possible outcome.
Hard working and a true perfectionist.
We have already asked and secured Carl's services for additional works to be undertaken on our house and we trust him completely to again meet the level and quality of work already received.
Thank you very much Carl
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