The craftsmanship involved in the production of early windows is significant and their individuality is equally noticeable. This can be seen in various ways, for example, in the numbering of sashes to sash boxes and in the subtle “flaws” contained within the original glass.
Sash windows were not only the products of skilled workmanship, they also used the highest standard of timber and materials, the living proof of this being their longevity – they have literally withstood centuries of wear.
In contrast, many modern materials used in window construction begin to yellow and crack after 10 to 15 years. Even timber windows, made to original designs, do not necessarily have the durability of their older counterparts.
By comparison, a window built in the 18th, or 19th century can be salvaged virtually intact, forming a superior quality foundation for the future. This means that even windows considered ‘beyond repair’ may have only superficial deterioration and can continue to provide, quite literally, further centuries of wear. For these reasons we recommend retaining the original windows wherever possible.
Furthermore, a simple, but thorough overhaul, can often address issues such as rotting sash cords, whilst re-balancing weights can ensure that sashes will slide smoothly and for these reasons we recommend regular maintenance schedules.
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