An old wooden sash window that has been long neglected is a sorry sight. It lets in draughts and dust, it rattles and creaks, it is difficult – or even impossible – to open or close properly, and the timber might be showing signs of rot.
Faced with such a problem, many homeowners and property developers think that installing a new plastic window is an easier option than having the old window repaired and renovated. But take a look at some of the many reasons why you shouldn’t discard original wooden windows and those plastic substitutes might not seem so attractive:
When plastic windows are used to replace timber windows they alter the whole appearance and character of a period building. An 18th century house with very obvious 21st century plastic windows has lost one of its most pleasing architectural features.
Wooden sash windows in poor condition can almost always be saved by restoration and repair specialists.
The cost of having original windows professionally renovated and draught proofed is usually much less than the cost of replacing them with plastic windows.
Older homes that still have their original handmade windows are becoming increasingly rare and sought after.
If your property is listed, or in a conservation area, planning permission will usually be needed to install new windows, and few local authorities look favourably on plastic in period buildings.
Replacing sliding windows with plastic options can reduce the value of your property. Restoring your property’s original windows will maintain or even increase its value.
Wooden windows are more eco-friendly than plastic. The manufacture of plastic windows involves the use of toxic chemicals and large amounts of energy. There is also the problem of how to dispose of them when they are no longer fit for purpose.
Well-maintained traditional windows last for centuries. Some plastic windows begin to deteriorate after only 10 to 15 years and cannot be repaired.
Professional draught proofing methods plus heavy curtains, roller blinds or traditional wooden shutters can make timber sash windows as energy efficient as plastic double-glazed varieties.
If you still want double-glazing, an expert joiner can make new double glazed sashes to fit inside an original wooden window frame.
Still not convinced? Ask for a free consultation from an established sash window restoration company that has successfully rescued all types of wooden sash windows. When you see how a skilled craftsman can give beautiful new life to a neglected window, you won’t be able to think of any reasons why you should replace yours with plastic.