Window Restoration Advice for Period Homes

This entry was posted on 2nd December 2010

Living in a period home truly has its benefits. Their old-world charm makes them very attractive to home buyers. No wonder they are in demand in the housing market. Period homes may even come with original wooden sash windows, which are a rare sight nowadays. Despite their scarcity, wooden sash windows may become problematic, especially if they show their old age. These windows may let in a draught during winter. Some may be hard to open. Others creak and rattle when strong winds blow. Worse, the timber may be showing signs of decay. Why Restore Period Windows? You may be tempted to replace these old windows with UPVC types that are are commonly found throughout the UK. Before you do, remember that plastic windows will look out of place in period-style homes. These 21st century contraptions will change the character of period houses, greatly reducing its value should you decide to sell your house in the future. For home buyers, original wooden sash windows contribute greatly to the attractiveness of period houses and demand for homes with well-maintained original windows are high. Restoring windows are also the greenest option, contributing less to environmental damage because you don’t have to replace the windows. Restoring Wooden Sash Windows Because of these reasons, it is usually best to restore these windows to their former glory instead of replacing them. Hiring specialists to restore your period-style windows may seem pricey at the outset, but they are considerably cheaper than replacing your windows. Conservation specialists say that restoring traditional sash windows is possible, even with extensive damage. When a sash window still has 50% of its wood remaining, conservation specialists would advice restoration instead of replacement. Restoring windows is also cost-effective because they will last for a long time, even longer than UPVC windows. If the wooden frame has been partly damaged, you can cut out the damaged timber about 50 mm beyond the point where it has decayed. The remaining timber will be treated and a new piece that matches the wood will be spliced into the frame. The window will then be sanded, filled, and painted. New seals will be installed to keep draught and noise out. These new seals also lead to better operation of the windows. Restoring Metal-Framed Windows Aside from wooden sash windows, some period homes have metal frames, especially homes built in the early to mid-20th century of the Art Deco and Early Modernist styles. These features may also be found in houses with mullioned windows. Metal-framed windows may become rusted or their paint may build up leading to problems in the window mechanisms. Some frames may become distorted because of age and the hinges and the latches may fail. For rust and paint buildup, repairs may be made without removing the frame. If the window needs major repairs, the frame must be removed and sent off to repair specialists. Be sure to photograph the window before removing and label the parts clearly. Badly rusted areas will be replaced and new hinges and latches may be installed. Energy losses from period-style windows can be mitigated by fitting them with electric blinds. Wooden blinds will be a great fit for these windows, enhancing their natural beauty.  Period homes may need more tender loving care than the average home, but as folks living in these places steeped with history would admit, their efforts are well worth it.

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