Repairing or Replacing Edwardian Sash Windows

At the beginning of the 20th century we entered the Edwardian period and it heralded the dawn of an exciting new time for style and architecture. It was an era that embraced simplicity, perusing a much less ornate style than that of the previous Victorian period.

Edwardian architecture merged styles from both the Victorian and Georgian eras as well as embracing international styles such as Art Nouveau.

Many classic Edwardian features and styles can still be seen on period homes to this day and many properties have stood the test of time when it comes to retaining their aesthetical quality.

However, the impact of weather and environmental issues over time is unavoidable and features, particularly original sash windows, can become vulnerable to a plethora of issues.

Repair or Replace?

Sash windows are almost synonymous with the Edwardian era and these classic timber windows were a very sought- after feature at the time. These windows feature glazing bars which separate the glass found in the upper section whilst the bottom half is left as a single pane.

Wooden frames are however susceptible to many seasonal and environmental changes and, if not maintained properly, this can lead to rot, damp and pest infestations.

If your sash windows are demonstrating signs of damage then it’s important to step back and assess your options. Some period homeowners opt for a full, modern PVC replacement but English Heritage strongly advises against this approach because plastic frames aren’t consistent with the look and feel of the original design.

There are also common misconceptions that repairing period features like sash windows is extremely costly but in some cases it could just be a simple fix so it’s vitally important to consult a sash window restoration expert. Sash Window Restoration services can breathe new life into period features, and sealing systems can guard against things like heat loss so PVC replacements aren’t essential.

If you opt to restore the sash windows on your Edwardian property then not only will you reap the benefits such as improved functioning and aesthetics but you will also be doing your bit to uphold the era’s design legacy.

If you live in a listed building, or conservation area, it’s also important that you seek professional advice before you make any alterations to your property or any of its features.

For more information get in touch to discuss your requirements.