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We love sharing our experience with period homeowners. Our blog is our way of providing fresh and valuable information to all period window and door owners

Where is the sash on a window

Where is the Sash on a Window?

With a rich heritage stretching back hundreds of years, Britain is bursting with beautiful historical architecture. One feature in particular ...
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Sash Windows Restoration in London

Sash Windows Restoration in London

Sash windows have been the preferred window choice for a long time but after years of use, sash windows develop ...
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Is It Wrong to Put UPVC Windows in Your Period Home?

Is It Wrong to Put UPVC Windows in Your Period Home?

What makes period homes all the more special is the original features that they boast. It’s no secret that period ...
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Repairing or Replacing Edwardian Sash Windows

Repairing or Replacing Edwardian Sash Windows

Edwardian architecture merged styles from both the Victorian and Georgian eras as well as embracing international styles such as Art ...
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10 Best Window Treatments for Period Properties

10 Best Window Treatments for Period Properties

It’s important to strike a balance between elegant style and practicality when it comes to retaining natural light, so, to ...
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How Do Sash Windows Work?

How Do Sash Windows Work?

What is a Sash Window? In simple terms, a sash window consists of one or more movable panels or sashes, ...
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Fire Safety Tips For Period Homes

Fire Safety Tips For Period Homes

When we lose a period home we lose a part of our nation’s heritage, and whilst it is impossible to ...
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Warning Signs That Your Doors & Windows Need to Be Replaced

Warning Signs That Your Doors & Windows Need to Be Replaced

Monthly Checks Although you are likely to do this almost daily in the summer months, it’s important to remember to ...
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3 Top Tips for Extending Your Period Property

3 Top Tips for Extending Your Period Property

So if you do decide to extend your property and are able to undertake works, you will need to approach ...
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Fortis & Hooke Guide to Timber Rot

Fortis & Hooke Guide to Timber Rot

Whilst this would, of course, be expensive and timely to repair, it could lead to irreparable damage if it occurred ...
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Fortis & Hooke Guide to Replacing Edwardian Windows

Fortis & Hooke Guide to Replacing Edwardian Windows

The Edwardian period commenced in 1901 with the of the reign of King Edward VII which followed the death of ...
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Can I replace my period sash windows?

Can I replace my period sash windows?

Before concerning yourself with these it is worth clarifying that replacing the windows means taking the windows back to brick ...
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Identifying your Sash Window

Identifying your Sash Window

Here at Fortis & Hooke we are specialists in the renovation of sash windows and we are experienced in working ...
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Top Tips for adding value to your Period Property

Top Tips for adding value to your Period Property

Quintessential Floor tiles Just like when we meet a new person, first impressions really do count so why not apply ...
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8 Tips for Restoring a listed building

8 Tips for Restoring a listed building

To help you on this endevour, we’ve compiled eight core Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to restoring a listed ...
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How to make your period building more energy efficient

How to make your period building more energy efficient

Period-style door restoration One of the most striking features of many period properties is a grand wooden front door but ...
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When to Repair or Replace Sash Windows

When to Repair or Replace Sash Windows

When should I repair sash windows? Sashes can encounter different issues to other types of windows, so it is important ...
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4 Fantastic Ways to Decorate Your Sash windows

4 Fantastic Ways to Decorate Your Sash windows

Looking for inspiration when it comes to decorating your sash windows? Check out our stylish ideas and practical advice ...
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Are sash windows energy efficient?

Are sash windows energy efficient?

If your property is fitted with sash windows, you might be wondering whether they are energy efficient. Doors and windows ...
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Your sash window era

Your sash window era

Sash windows are named after their main feature – the sliding sash. While they all have this in common, they ...
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Victorian Architecture in England

Victorian Architecture in England

The Victorian period refers to the time when Queen Victoria ruled Britain. With the coming of railways and new manufacturing ...
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Period Properties to Visit in London

Period Properties to Visit in London

Period properties big and small are scattered all over Great Britain. They give us an insight into the style, architecture ...
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Sash window repairs FAQ

Sash window repairs FAQ

Sash windows are built to last. But like any household fixture, they can become damaged over time. Our sash window ...
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Asking Google About Period Properties

Asking Google About Period Properties

People take to the web in search of answers for a whole range of topics. History, politics and the infamous ...
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What is a period property

What is a period property

If you’ve ever googled: “What is a period property?”, You’re not alone. Period properties make up around a third of ...
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Edwardian architecture in England

Edwardian architecture in England

About a century ago, Britain was widely recognised to have conquered all the challenges of domestic life. As an architectural ...
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Welcome Spring into Your Home

Welcome Spring into Your Home

Spring is coming. Ok, it doesn’t have quite the same impact as winter, but nonetheless the seasons are changing ...
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Is my property a listed building

Is my property a listed building

If you’re a homeowner, you might be wondering whether or not your property is listed. And with good reason too ...
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Listed building double glazing upgrade

Listed building double glazing upgrade

If you own a listed building, you benefit from a property that is aesthetically appealing, historically significant and that has ...
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Wooden Windows: The Disadvantages

Wooden Windows: The Disadvantages

By now, we’ve probably already established that wooden window frames have numerous benefits that make them an astounding addition to ...
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Wooden window cost reduction

Wooden window cost reduction

While wooden window frames can be inexpensive in a sense, thanks to how long they last if you take care ...
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Period Properties in England

Period Properties in England

Buying period property in England is not for the faint hearted. The real estate laws that seem to come from ...
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Sash Window Locks, Latches and Fasteners - What’s the Difference?

Sash Window Locks, Latches and Fasteners – What’s the Difference?

Whether you are a homeowner or a landlord, you want your property to be as secure and fully functional as ...
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Why Period Properties Are So ‘In’ Right Now

Why Period Properties Are So ‘In’ Right Now

While some things come and go with the seasons, there are others which continue to rise in prominence. Period properties ...
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Sash window decorators

Sash window decorators

If you want to ensure your sash windows look beautiful, as well as being protected from the elements, specialist sash ...
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Georgian architecture in England

Georgian architecture in England

The period of architecture that we call Georgian is roughly equivalent to the 18th century. The architecture commonly associated with ...
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What is a Casement Window

What is a Casement Window

Casement windows are one of the beautiful window styles commonly found on older British homes. They are renowned for their ...
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Increasing Your Home’s Value – 5 Handy Tips

Increasing Your Home’s Value – 5 Handy Tips

Our team of sash window specialists can ensure your home’s fixtures are in the best possible condition and set to ...
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Wooden Door Decisions

Wooden Door Decisions

The thing about wooden doors is that they are mostly chosen for an aesthetic value rather than a functional one ...
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A Complete Guide to Listed Buildings

A Complete Guide to Listed Buildings

What does it mean if your property is listed? For many homeowners, this question is highly important – especially if ...
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Interior design 2017

Interior design 2017

It’s time to say goodbye to 2016’s design trends. Farewell to copper and brass. Au revoir to marble. And adios ...
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matching interior design

matching interior design

Looking for interior design inspiration for your period home? As you’ve probably gathered by now, it’s a bit harder than ...
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Welsh Island Fortress for Sale

Welsh Island Fortress for Sale

Ever wanted to move to your own little island, far away from the stress of your day-to-day life? If the ...
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Best British Interior Design Websites

Best British Interior Design Websites

If you’re a homeowner, you’ll want your property’s interior design to reflect you and all the things you love. Lacking ...
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Brief History of Sash Windows

Brief History of Sash Windows

Solid construction, classic design and functional in every sense; sash windows are a testament to British craftsmanship. But not everyone ...
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Sustainable timber importance

Sustainable timber importance

What is environmental awareness? As time goes on, we’re becoming far more aware of the effect our actions have on ...
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Test of time sash windows

Test of time sash windows

When it comes to sash windows, restoration and repair is often the best option. Poorly made, inauthentic replacements simply don’t ...
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Double Glaze Existing Sash Windows

Double Glaze Existing Sash Windows

With energy bills rising, homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to improve their home’s energy efficiency. One way ...
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Three Ways to Cut Your Energy Bills

Three Ways to Cut Your Energy Bills

When it comes to saving money, top of most people’s list are energy bills. They can be devastatingly high – ...
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Replace or Restore Sash Windows

Replace or Restore Sash Windows

If your sash windows have become old, worn and are no longer working properly, you’ll surely be thinking about getting ...
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New Build vs Period Property

New Build vs Period Property

Whether you’re buying property purely for investment, or simply want a guarantee a healthy return when you eventually move home, ...
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UPVC Sash Windows: Understanding the Cons

UPVC Sash Windows: Understanding the Cons

Are you considering replacing your original sash windows with uPVC sash windows? If you’re struggling to choose between restoration and ...
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4 Things to Check When Buying a Georgian Home

4 Things to Check When Buying a Georgian Home

Full of character and charm, the beautiful architecture of Georgian homes is highly sought after amongst property buyers ...
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How to Get the Downton Abbey Look in Your Home

How to Get the Downton Abbey Look in Your Home

Since it first aired in 2010, Downton Abbey has captured the hearts of millions of viewers all over the world ...
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Make Sure Your New Year Property Resolutions Stick

Make Sure Your New Year Property Resolutions Stick

Whether it’s losing a few pounds or getting your career on the right track, new year’s resolutions are something we ...
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4 Signs It's Time to Restore Your Sash Windows

4 Signs It's Time to Restore Your Sash Windows

If your home has sash windows, chances are you’re already aware of their many benefits. Not only do they give ...
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3 Interior Design Rules for Victorian Properties

3 Interior Design Rules for Victorian Properties

Sturdily built, simple in structure and packed full of interesting facets – Victorian homes are a beautiful characteristic of many ...
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Will Sash Windows Add Value to My Home

Will Sash Windows Add Value to My Home

Are you a homeowner? If so you will probably be looking for ways to add value to your home. Extensions, ...
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Sash window restoration Fortis & Hooke

Sash window restoration Fortis & Hooke

If it’s time to restore your sash windows, look no further than Fortis & Hooke. Using our unique time-tested restoration ...
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Bay windows

Bay windows

Bay windows can be installed with the utmost confidence into new build homes. At Fortis & Hooke we, however, suggest ...
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Bay windows: The pros and cons

Bay windows: The pros and cons

Bay windows are one of those architectural designs you can incorporate to bring something beautiful and elegant to your home ...
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Renovating sash windows in London

Renovating sash windows in London

At Fortis & Hooke we aim to provide our customers with fresh and valuable information. Our new sash window restoration ...
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Window restoration Kent - Ash case study blog post

Window restoration Kent – Ash case study blog post

At Fortis & Hooke we enjoy sharing news about how we have assisted our customers with their window concerns ...
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New Website launched

New Website launched

We have launched our new website full of great information and case studies. "Stop! Don't replace" your windows before you've ...
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