No one can deny that plastic windows in London are on the increase, they are showing up in place of the original antique wooden sash kind last century, do indeed, have a negative effect on the physical beauty of landmark homes. The situation is sad, it’s true, but at least some of the blame can be placed on an unstable economy’s effect on the wallet.
The craft of sash window replacement is often found in the type of carpentry known as joinery. Joiners are often builders of tables and cabinets as well as any type of intricate joining of wood such as a sash might entail. Another type of carpenter that may be knowledgeable about sash building is an architectural timbering carpenter.
In the opinion of many, sash windows are an intrinsic feature of ‘period’ homes and should be saved at all costs. Well, maybe not ALL costs, but definitely worth the time and trouble to repair rather than replace. Some repairs are easy enough to do yourself so here’s a little about how sash windows work.
If there is one thing that looks tacky on a house, it’s the gutters and the downpipes when they are full of debris or over flowing when raining. While there are services that will clean them for you, if you are able to get on a ladder, there is no reason that you can’t do this job yourself.
You may get an anonymous phone call telling you all the advantages of replacing your old wooden windows with the newer vinyl ones. Before you buy into that sales call, consider these reasons to say no to plastic windows and restore your original historic wooden windows.