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LEFT: JELD-WEN’s popular range of Wellington sliding and folding patio doors.


BELOW: Bespoke aluminium glazing systems from Clear Divisions Ltd.


BELOW RIGHT: Windows and doors supplied and fi tted by Input Joinery.


renewal. Putties will be inspected and new areas of putty will be replaced as necessary. Again the sashes will be rubbed down to allow for easy movement and ensure a good key for new decoration. The sashes will be weighed and either new weights or extra weights will be used to ensure the perfect running of the sashes. Grooves will be skilfully put into the


sashes to accept the draught proofi ng and then the sashes will be re-fi tted with new wax cords, pulley wheels and either the existing catches or new catches of the customer’s choice will be fi tted. The fi nal result, if done properly, is a


perfectly weighted, beautifully sliding window with high quality draught seals. Once expertly painted the outcome can make the window appear brand new. The cost is dependent upon the


condition of the original window and it should be pointed out that, whilst it is possible to fully refurbish most windows sometimes, when a lot of rotten timber is present, it can be more cost effective to renew the entire window. Therefore, spending time with an expert to assess the condition of each window prior to


commencement of the work is highly recommended, to enable an informed choice to be made with regard to the best option available and avoid any nasty shocks when the invoice arrives. All of the above can also be achieved


with a casement window, but in a different way. Again, checking the condition of the window prior to commencement is essential to make the correct decision whether to refurbish or renew.


If Your Original Doors have been Removed... To the unskilled eye it often appears the beautiful old windows appear to have been “ripped out” and unattractive windows put in their place. Sadly, this is sometimes true but quite often only part of the window has been removed and then, with the help of a skilled specialist company, the windows can have replica original items put in place of the new out of keeping ones and the windows, once fully refurbished, can be completely brought back to life. As the existing sashes have been


previously removed it can sometimes be diffi cult to establish the original design, but often a nearby house will have the


original windows, or old photographs can provide the answer. However failing that, specialist companies have experts with many years experience who can suggest likely designs. If there is any double, a reputable company is likely to be happy to start by refurbishing just one window to make sure the customer is happy with the result before commencing with the rest of the windows.


Window Refurbishment and Double Glazing This option also leads us to a further alternative, which is to draught proof and refurbish the window but with the addition of double glazing. This will obviously enhance extra heat effi ciency to save more money but it will also have the added benefi t of increased sound effi ciency. You can even go one step further and add acoustic double glazing to further increase sound effi ciency. This is particularly useful for those homes in noisy areas. It should be noted that the installation


of double glazing is not possible in all windows, but talk through the options with a specialist to ascertain the best choice for you.


Window Renewal The fi nal option is complete renewal of the entire window. This maybe necessary because all of the original window has been removed, or that the existing window is beyond economic repair. The advantages of complete renewals


are that they give the very best in thermal values with double glazing and draught proofi ng and they come with modern paint systems designed to protect them again decay. In short they give a very good imitation of the past with all the advantages of modern advancements. Grade II listed properties can only be renewed with single glazing.


92 Traditional Homes & Interiors | December 2010 – January 2011


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