What you need to know when renovating sash windows
The experts at Ventrolla, the sash window specialists, offer six top tips when embarking on a timber window renovation project.
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As winter becomes a distant memory and we start to enjoy the spring weather, our thoughts naturally turn to home improvement. Spring is the perfect time to focus on that window renovation project you’ve been delaying for so long – get your timber sash and casement windows operating again so they function during the warmer months, and insulate them in preparation for the return of winter.
It’s worth doing your research when embarking on a big project such as renovating the windows in your home. Timber sash windows come with many problems if not maintained properly, and having an idea of which solution is right for you is a great place to start. If your windows are rotten, then renovation works or complete replacement will be your options. For windows that are draughty, rattle and leak then a simple draught-proofing system could suffice. Perhaps double glazing may be your preference, for further energy improvements. It’s important to consider your own needs and budget at the start of your research, and be sure to talk them through with any suppliers you contact.
Ask the experts
Window renovation companies should be happy to come out for free to inspect your windows and provide you with a window-by-window quotation. Whilst with you, they can talk through the various options available to you, dependent on your preference, budget and the state of the existing windows. Ventrolla offer a free, no-obligation survey to all.
Get multiple quotes to compare, but be sure to check you’re comparing like for like – what one company may include as standard, another may not. Unique products or services could also be the deal breaker – does one company provide something the others cannot?
Recommendations always come with peace of mind. Ask for references from your chosen suppliers – they should be able to provide details of previous customers who can share their experience with you. A reputable company will also invite customers to rate them on independent review sites. You can find Ventrolla’s 5-star reviews on Trustpilot.
Check your guarantee
Ventrolla provide a 5-year customer guarantee on all renovation work, to give customers peace of mind. Choosing a supplier that guarantees their work means you know who to contact should anything go wrong with your windows in the future (which they shouldn’t!).
Maintain your windows
Regular care and attention will pay dividends with timber windows. The timber used to make an original sash window has lasted hundreds of years, and will do the same again with some regular maintenance. Cleaning and painting or varnishing the external sills each year to make sure they are weather-tight will preserve the timber for years to come.
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5% off plus free hardware for every window renovated when you quote ‘GOOD19’. To book your free survey, call 0808 301 9661 or visit Ventrolla to speak to their friendly experts.