We provide an alternative to needless period window replacement
We enjoy being able to offer a homeowner, with an appreciation for the beauty and heritage of original timber features, an alternative to replacing the windows and doors of a property.
Our mission is to continue developing innovative systems and methods to restore original wooden windows and doors in an affordable yet effective manner.
Our development of a sustainable system has now made the retention of original wooden windows a viable option.
We believe that by offering this alternative, we are doing our bit to protect both our heritage and our environment.
We believe in retaining heritage and protecting the environment
A century ago, wooden windows and doors were handmade by expert craftsmen using well-seasoned timber. Their work has managed to withstand decades of use and exposure to English weather conditions within their period properties.
However, wooden windows and doors need regular maintenance in order to preserve its beauty and functionality.
The emergence of the uPVC industry has provided an easy alternative to restoring timber windows by promising a quick-fix and low-maintenance alternative to the beauty and longevity of the traditional timber window.
This has had the effect that thousands of original wooden windows are ending up in landfill and being replaced with factory made uPVC windows and doors.
At Fortis & Hooke we believe that retaining the original timber windows of your property is the most environmentally friendly option.
A study done by Greenpeace confirms this point:
“However, even without taking into account environmental impacts of major pollutants, the report finds PVC to be the worst of the options it considered for windows and floors. This is because timber and linoleum use less energy, contribute less to global warming gases, use fewer non-renewable resources and generate less waste.”
The report also warns of the dangers that the uPVC alternatives pose to the environment:
“The production and disposal of PVC-u windows leads to the release of highly poisonous chemicals which threaten the environment and human health. PVC-u production involves no less than six of the fifteen most hazardous chemicals listed by European governments for priority elimination. Timber is a sustainable resource. As long as the timber is sourced from properly managed forests and care is taken in the choice of preservatives, paints and stains, timber windows are by far the best environmental choice.”
You can read the full report here on the following link: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/reports/pvc-u-or-timber-windows-which-is-best
and further relevant articles on the negative impact of PVC on the following link: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/search/node/pvc
We preserve natural beauty and heritage whilst enabling modern functionality.
Timber windows and doors have a reputation of being draughty and cold, and this would play a big role in making a decision regarding your windows.
Our aim is to ensure that you can retain your original windows and still enjoy the modern conveniences of draught-proofing and double-glazing.
Fortunately, most of these advantages, traditionally only offered by uPVC products, are now also possible to incorporate into your original windows.
For instance, few people are aware that we are able to install double-glazing into the existing sashes of your traditional windows, without sacrificing on the traditional charm of the windows.
We follow a bespoke draught-proofing system, developed specifically for the wooden windows and doors of period properties, that provide optimal performance without comprimising aesthetic appeal.
These are only two examples of the improvements we can make to timber windows that will improve its functionality within your home. For more information, please refer to our services page.
We are experts at restoring the windows of listed and conservation properties
Our ethos to repair, renovate and retain fits in perfectly with the reasoning of listed property officers. We have therefore, over the years, become experts in the minefield of regulations that deal with the windows and doors of properties that are listed or within conservation areas.
You can read more here:
We work throughout the South-East of England
Fortis and Hooke can assist with the restoration of your windows and doors anywhere within the M25, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Berkshire and Hertfordshire county areas.
We offer all our services to period window and door owners within these areas.
We have developed some helpful information pages for homeowners that are contemplating restoration projects within some of the areas we cover.