Do I need to replace my sash windows?
If your property still has its original period features, you might be wondering how you can refurbish and renovate your home without comprising its unique historical aesthetics. Homeowners often find it difficult to part with the traditional features of their property, but without the benefits of modern conveniences such as heightened security and energy-efficient technology, find themselves at odds with costly utility bills, poor insulation and damp.
Although your timber sash windows may look beautiful, the reality is a home lacking in thermal retention and harbouring potentially costly energy efficiency ratings. Old timber windows may retain the traditional aesthetics of a bygone era, but in no way were they built to retain heat within your home. Timber windows often warp, rot and crack over time, leading to a multitude of issues for modern homeowners such as low security and little resilience in the face of adverse weather.
If you are looking to retain the period features of your home but are hoping to install modern conveniences that will keep your property secure, warm and dry, then you might like to consider uPVC sashes as a replacement for your original windows.
Refurbishment vs replacement
If your home still features its original timber sashes, you may be wondering if you can refurbish your existing windows or if you should just replace them outright. Although refurbishing your windows means your property will retain its original features, even refurbished timber windows can still cause a multitude of issues down the line.
Replacing your sash windows will have a larger upfront cost than simply refurbishing your original windows. However, replacing your windows outright can save you money in the long term. Opting for uPVC sliding sash windows for example, allows you to retain the traditional aesthetics of your original windows without compromising on modern conveniences like heightened security and thermal retention. uPVC is also long-lasting and requires very little maintenance, in contrast to older style timber windows that require consistent upkeep.
Suitable in both traditional and contemporary properties, uPVC sash windows are engineered with energy efficiency in mind and can save you the hassle of costly utility bills. For a truly traditional flourish, uPVC sliding sashes can also be manufactured in a variety of different colours with an optional timber finish for a truly authentic finish. For added historical aesthetics, some homeowners also choose to complement their new sash windows with traditional hardware such as Georgian bars, leaded glass panes and sash horns.
While the concept of retaining your original period features may seem attractive, the replacement of timber sash windows with modern uPVC allows homeowners to combine classic charm with cutting edge performance.
Sash windows at Majestic Designs
The team at Majestic Designs has been engineering our range of bespoke sash windows for more than 18 years. We manufacture our products right here in Somerset, to your exact specifications in our state-of-the-art factories. With a 10-year guarantee across our range of windows, you can rest assured your project will be completed with the highest quality materials to your exact specifications.
As proud members of the Cheddar community, Majestic Designs employs specialists local to Somerset who know the area through and through. As a result, our FENSA accredited and MTC registered leading teams of expert installers have a reputation for completing projects with outstanding customer service, a vested knowledge in the significance of our local area and of course, expert craftsmanship.
If you are thinking about replacing your traditional sash windows and would like more information about our range, then contact the team at Majestic Designs today.