04 May 2021
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Glass has never been so popular in the interior design world. Frosted glass in particular, is making a revival and is being used more often in modern contemporary living where the trend for open plan spaces and glass partitioning seems to be at an all time high. Aptly named after the misty effect it provides, frosted glass is rendered opaque through a chemical process that roughens or obscures the clear surface of the glass to create a visible blurred effect – perfect for achieving privacy without losing light.  While we definitely would not recommend using frosted glass to frame beautiful views, there are lots of ways to tastefully incorporate the trend in every room in your house.

Bathroom and toilet

For many homeowners, frosted glass is an absolute must for the bathroom where privacy is essential.  A frosted shower door or shower screen will hide water spots, so you won’t have to stress about cleaning it as often. A must have for anyone that leads a busy life and doesn’t have the time to clean as regularly as they’d like.

Frosted bathroom windows are a popular addition in bathrooms because they provide privacy without blocking out the light. The degree of privacy you enjoy will depend on the type, style and design of frosted glass you opt for – you may only want a low level of frosted glass that just slightly blurs the person inside the bathroom, or you may want a higher level that makes the person in the room unrecognisable.

Gaining privacy with frosted glass is also a more durable and hygienic window dressing over blinds or curtains, particularly in such a damp, humid room in the house.

Home office

If you are unable to dedicate a whole room in your house to office space, you’ll probably be set up in the corner of your living room or kitchen, or in an alcove somewhere in your bedroom? If this is the case, screening yourself off with a frosted partition will help block out distractions. If you are lucky enough to have an isolated working space at home, you may want to consider frosting the entrance door or creating a frosted breakout area to boost privacy and prevent feeling like a “fishbowl” in the office.

Living/dining room

Frosted glass can enhance the beauty of windows, glass doors, or glass cabinets and adds warmth and style to any décor. Frosted glasses, mirrors, vases, and other glassware are great ways to incorporate the trend without making bold statements.

Kitchen

Frosted glass is sleek and decorative, yet durable and it looks great in modern kitchens. It’s commonly used to add style to kitchen worktops, splashbacks, fruit bowls and other glassware. Cabinets with glass frosted glass fronts are great at putting items on display without exposing them entirely.

Bedroom

Frosted glass is a great solution for ground-floor bedrooms, bathrooms, and street-facing living spaces where passers-by are able to look into rooms and see valuables lying around. Simply knowing that passers-by can see into your private space can be unsettling. By opting for frosted glass on the bottom half of the windows and keeping the top section of glass clear, will afford you complete privacy when you’re lying in bed, watching TV or eating dinner while allowing you to see out of the windows when standing up.  You’ll also be able to obscure the windows without making the room feel dark and confining.  Sash windows are not out of bounds either – frosted glass could be used within one or both sashes.

Covering your wardrobe with frosted sliding doors to gently hide its contents is a stylish look that avoids the room feeling bulky. It looks particularly great when the sliding doors have bold, black framing.

Hallway

Everyone wants visitors to have a great first impression when they approach their home, so why not make a frosted glass feature within your front door. Plus, it adds another layer of security to your home too. A frosted glass staircase will make an eye-catching, bold statement to your entrance space and will likely be the first thing a visitor notices as you welcome them into your home.

If you would like to discuss incorporating frosted glass into any windows and doors in your home, give us a call and we’ll find the solution.

18 Apr 2021
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When referring to stained glass, many people immediately think of churches and the bold, elaborate, religious scenes depicted into their large glass windows. Historically, all of the different colours, pictures and symbols on the glass held a certain meaning to help those unable to read, learn the scripture, and bring bible stories to life.

Today, stained glass is simply admired as a colourful, vibrant and unique way to decorate glass. It adds character and creativity to anything it decorates, whether it is a window, a glass lampshade or a keyring. In our many years, working in properties across London, the home counties, and the south of England, we have seen lots of great ideas of how stained glass can be used to make a feature within a home, so we thought we’d share some of them with you to help get you inspired.

Decorate your front door

First impressions count. What better way to welcome a visitor, introduce your personality and set the scene for a welcoming home, than by decorating your front door with a tasteful, bespoke design that perfectly complements your property. A design that is in keeping with the rest of your house will provide you with the ultimate in value adding kerb appeal.

Add Leaded glass to your window panels

Stained glass isn’t just a good choice for traditional properties, quite often you can do so much more with a contemporary house because the design and colour choice can be much more modern and varied. Leaded panels are a great choice for creating lasting, future-proof visual appeal. Geometric designs and patters are a modern interior design trend, widely used in leaded glass panels. Geometry helps create bright and modern interiors, balance and harmony in rooms and add a fresh touch to home decorating and is unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon.

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Utilise glass ceilings and skylights

Modern living and interior design seems to favour letting in as much light as possible. Many modern homes incorporate as many glazed sections as it can muster. Roof lights and glass ceilings are a popular choice for getting light into the middle of a building or room, and their top-down illumination can transform a home’s interiors. So, why not make them a feature? When light diffuses through a stained-glass it creates decorations of colour on surrounding structures. During the day, stained glass is animated by changing light, casting its patterns around the room. The colours can even be different on a bright day to a duller day.

Decorate cabinet doors

Grandiose designs are not always necessary to create a feature. Stained glass panels can be fitted into a variety of areas, including interior door panels (interior French doors look particularly beautiful when enhanced with stained glass) and cabinet doors.

Don’t dismiss your kitchen and bathroom

These rooms can often get overlooked but, they are actually great rooms to add a touch of artistry within glassed sections. Stained glass is suited to parts of the house like the kitchen, bathroom or conservatory where it is difficult to hang artwork because steam and humidity would likely ruin it, or sunlight fade it. Glass, however, will not get damaged by these factors. The kitchen and bathroom also tend to be rooms that people linger and ponder, so the glass will be admired and enjoyed for longer.

If you are thinking about adding a stained glass feature, or bespoke windows, doors or shutters as part of a home improvement project, make sure you give us a call, we would love to chat it through with you.  020 3582 762.

10 Mar 2021
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We are all keen to find ways of enjoying a warm, draught free home without the need for constantly turning the heating up and paying extortionate energy bills. With up to 30% of heating energy lost through the windows of an average home, your window dressings are a great starting point for improving energy efficiency. Investing in plantation shutters will help keep the warm air in and the cold air out in winter and the opposite will be achieved in summer. Here’s how your wooden window shutters will keep you snug and warm when you need it most.

Wood naturally warms and insulates

Wood is a natural insulator meaning your plantation shutters possess natural heat retaining properties that will go a long way in reducing the typical heat lost through windows in our homes. Incorporating wooden features into your interior design scheme will help soften and warm the overall look of the room, particularly when paired with the white/light grey shades that are so popular in recent years. Modern design trends tend to favour natural materials and the timeless and stylish appearance of wood combined with its natural insulating properties is hard to compete with.

Plantation shutters act as an insulating barrier

Window shutters are a great way of reducing the loss of heat through the window glass. When shutters are closed, they create an insulative barrier between the window and the inside air, providing an extra layer of protection from the cold and essentially an extra layer of thickness to your glass. The insulative layer of air that is trapped between the shutters and the glass, helps maintain an amenable temperature within the house. It is for this reason that shutters are popular in bedrooms and living rooms where we like to be cosy and warm. They are also ideal for older, period and listed properties with traditional windows that have a tendency to be draughty. Victorian properties for example, are notorious for their large, bay windows where heat can easily seep out.

Let in as much winter sun as possible

Unlike curtains, shutters allow you to let light in whilst providing privacy. The wooden slats on plantation shutters allow you to control how much light you let in. You can let the sun stream into your room during the daytime to warm your interior and utilise as much of the winter sun as possible. At night, you can close the shutter slats completely to trap in the warm air.

Our plantation shutters can be custom made to fit any window size and shape. If you want to freshen up your interiors, create a modern ambience and reap some energy saving, heat retaining benefits along the way, give us a call, our experienced team can talk you through our bespoke, made to measure range. They will work with you to understand exactly what you want to achieve to find the perfect solution for your home and lifestyle.

15 Feb 2021
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Let’s face it, walking has become a really important part of our lives of late.  A daily walk helps clear our minds, get our bodies moving, top up our Vitamin D and boost our endorphins for a little of that welcome well-being feeling.  Next time you are planning a stroll, be sure to incorporate a walk round the grounds of one of these Kentish beauties to admire some beautiful sash windows at their best.

 

Chartwell Manor

Where better place to start than Chartwell Manor, well known for being the home of one of Britain’s’ most iconic leading statesmen.  Originally built in the 14th Century, Chartwell Manor became the home of Winston Churchill in 1922, where he lived for over forty years (until 1965).  However, in 1946 it was acquired by the National Trust with funds raised by a group of Churchill’s friends on the condition that the Churchills retained a life-tenancy.  After Churchill’s death, his wife surrendered her rights to the house and Chartwell Manor opened its doors to the public in 1966.   Over the years, the National Trust restored the house to how it would have looked originally with several casement windows.  It is now Grade I listed.

Tonbridge Castle

Tonbridge castle was built to guard the crossing of the River Medway after William the Conqueror came to England in 1066.  In 1088, the castle owners rebelled against King William II.  His army besieged the castle and after two days the castle fell.  As punishment the King had both the castle and the town of Tonbridge burnt to the ground.  The owners did eventually replace the original wooden castle with a stone shell keep which was reinforced during the thirteenth century.  The twin-towered gatehouse was completed in 1260 after a 30-year build.

The end of the Civil War seemed to signal the demise of the castle.  Orders were given for it to be dismantled, and the succeeding years saw most of it disappear through use as a local quarry.  However, the twin-towered gatehouse remained.  When the estate was purchased in 1790, the owner built a Georgian mansion, with bespoke sash windows, against the east wall of the gatehouse.

Over the years, Tonbridge Castle has seen several owners and tenants, but it was finally purchased by the local council in 1900.   The gatehouse celebrated a grand £373,000 makeover in 1999 to mark the Millennium.  The gatehouse and mansion are now Grade I listed.

Westerham Walk

If you fancy a town walk, Westerham is a charming little town oozing with character.  Not only does it have a large conservation area, it also boasts over 100 listed buildings, an impressive number for such a modest sized town.  Look out for timber sash windows on many of its 18th and 19th Century buildings as you stroll through this jewel of Sevenoaks.

Not far from the centre of Westerham, stands Grade I listed, Quebec House.  It has several timber sash windows on the ground floor and first floor, with casement windows on the top floor.  The house was the birthplace of General James Wolfe, an 18th Century Major-General, who lived at the property from 1727 to 1738.  Today, it is another National Trust hotspot.

Remember, if you get inspired enough to start a renovation project of your own, we would love to help.  We really are more than just a sash window company.  We have our own in-house team of skilled builders and are able to offer a complete design and build service for large projects.  We can manage all aspects of your renovation project, including architectural design, planning and all construction works.

21 Jan 2021
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If you are buying a new house or trying to sell your own, structural problems can be a big deal. Structural issues can be dealbreakers for potential buyers, so it is important to address them. The problem is, how can you tell if a house has structural damage? In the blog we look into what kind of damage is classed as ‘structural’, what issues they can cause, and some classic signs to look out for that suggest you may need to investigate the problem further, take some action and get a second opinion.

What is considered a structural problem?

Simply put, structural problems can be anything that affects the structural reliability of your house.   They can be caused by anything from a poor design or build, to structural faults developed since your house was built.  Age is not always to blame either, whether your home is a new build, or it has been in your family for generations, it is possible for you to start seeing structural damage at any time.  However, many people don’t know what is considered structural damage to their home resulting in a late diagnosis – generally the longer it’s left, the harder it is to fix.  So, let us take a look at some of the signs of damage that suggest there may be some fundamental issues looming…

Signs of structural damage to a house

Typical signs that there could be serious underlying problems are:

Cracks
Cracks in plaster, brickwork and stonework can just be superficial but they may also be a sign of more serious settlement issues – the home settling more on one side than the other. Whether the cracks are diagonal (like stair steps), vertical or horizontal, if left, they could lead to foundation problems in the future. Random cracks can also present themselves internally too. Cracks above doors and windows for example could indicate a failed lintel or other structural issue.

Sticking windows and doors
If a door or window has been fitted correctly but no longer swings open as it usually does it could be a sign that there has been some movement in your house and an early sign of subsidence. You may also notice cabinet doors opening on their own. If your home settles so the cabinet tilts away from the wall, the cabinet doors are unlikely to stay shut. It could be a sign that your foundation needs fixing.

Bulging or leaning walls
Bulging walls and leaning walls can be hard to spot because they can start very subtly, and it is not until some time has passed that you will notice an obvious curve inwards. Walls should be straight so if you spot a leaning or bulging wall this could indicate a structural problem to the wall itself or its foundations.

Sagging roofs and roof leaks
Your roof should give you at least 20-30 years before it needs replacing. If your roof is nowhere near that marker and it has started leaking, then it can be a sign that the roof timbers are moving outwards. A sagging roof generally means there are some issues with its structure caused by the removal of load bearing walls, overloading over time or mis-sized framing timbers. Repairing roof leaks promptly can save you a whole heap of damage to internal structures.

Uneven floors
Serious causes include improper construction and settling foundation and will require the expertise of a structural engineer to assess the issue. Other causes of uneven floors included cracked floor joists, dry rot, or wet rot.

It is important to deal with concerns that there may be a looming structural problem in order to keep everyone in your house safe. Some structural issues can make your house very uncomfortable and at worst, even cause it to collapse. Brushing the problem under the carpet will only leave a bigger dent in your wallet too. If you are selling your house, problems found buy the surveyor when carrying out his/her survey will be reflected in your buyers offer – they may even pull out all together. If you are house hunting, have your wits about you and never be afraid to get a second/professional opinion before you make any decisions.

We are more than just a window company here at Wandsworth Sash Windows. As we have our own in-house team of skilled builders, we are able to offer a complete design and build service for large projects too. If you are worried about structural damage, our experienced team are always happy to advise.

07 Dec 2020
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2020 has been full of surprises that no one could ever have predicted.  Alongside the thousands of other businesses, our team here at Wandsworth Sash Windows stepped up and coped with the chaos and challenging workarounds that resulted from the worst pandemic in recent history honourably.  Here are some of our highs and lows of this unimaginable year.

At the beginning of the initial lockdown back in March it was impossible to determine if and how our business would be affected by Covid-19.  We were plagued with uncertainty; would we be heavily impacted?  What could we do for our staff?  How were we going to keep staff safe both in terms of health and financially?  Would our company that we have worked so hard to build be ok?  Can we carry out works whilst keeping customers safe?  So many questions that initially we just could not answer of predetermine, which was worry for us all.

Ensuring we were up to date on HR procedures and the ever-changing Health & Safety requirements resulting from the virus was also very time consuming to keep up with.  Our biggest challenge to date is undoubtedly trying to meet customer deadlines whilst trying to keep our staff and customers safe.  This has been very, very hard due to various staff from all different departments needing to isolate, from office staff, through to workshop and fitting staff – it’s been tricky to juggle whist continuing to deliver the quality service that we are known for.  Our standard lead time is 10-12 weeks, but in a few circumstances, delivery had to be pushed back a week.  Luckily, our clients have been fantastic and very understanding which we are so grateful for.

The announcement of The Chancellor’s Green Homes Grant in phase two COVID-19 provided us the opportunity to be a secondary measure company for those that qualified and applied for the grant.  However, the information and communication available surrounding the grant was not straight forward and incurred some initial confusion with customers around how the scheme worked.  This meant a lot of our time was dedicated to the influx of lengthy calls trying to explain the process to customers, many of whom did not end up qualifying for secondary measures.

The glass is always half full here at Wandsworth Sash Windows!

Despite the turbulence along the way, we are very proud of what Wandsworth Sash Windows has achieved this year, and there have been many positives for us all to be thankful for.  Top of our list has to be that we have weathered the Corona coaster without making any redundancies.  Keeping our whole team with us has been a massive relief and in fact, we have even managed to increase our workforce considerably throughout the year which has given us an enormous sense of pride.

We also managed to open a second workshop in Harlow at the start of the year.  We managed to kit it out and get it all up and running within a few months (a process that is hard enough at the best of times, so achieving it during a pandemic was amazing).

Last month, we took over another workshop in the New Forest.  So, while the Harlow project came near completion, we gave ourselves another massive challenge which at the beginning of the year seemed almost impossible.  For us to come out of the pandemic on the other side, bigger and stronger is by far our best company achievement this year.

On top of that, we welcomed four new staff members at the Harlow workshop in March.  Charlie, our surveyor joined us in February.  We had Mark and Rob join the installation staff and in September, Steve joined the Harlow workshop and Martin joined the East Sussex workshop.  Vas joined the fitting team in October followed by the addition of Sean and Matt to the surveying team in November.  Not forgetting Reggie, our office dog who joined us at the start of lockdown to keep us all entertained and sane –  a big welcome to all of you into the WSW family.

So, what’s new for 2021?  Well, we are looking forward to improving our processes as we grow, develop new products and innovative solutions to regular issues faced by clients.  We are having new machinery installed into the workshops and hopefully…a holiday!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF THE TEAM HERE AT WSW FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND MOST IMPORTANTLY A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO OUR CUSTOMERS FOR CHOOSING US AND SHOWING SUCH COMPASSION AND SUPPORT FOR OUR COMPANY.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, positive, and prosperous new year.

The Wandsworth Sash Windows Team

16 Nov 2020
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For most people (except for us!), windows are not generally something that is thought about on a daily basis and therefore, become part of the home that are often taken for granted.  However, window styles can actually be one aspect of a house design that really can make or break its success, not just to get the look of your house right, but also to ensure they are practical, safe and efficient for your needs.  So, it’s worth taking a little time to consider all the different window styles available.  In this blog, we concentrate specifically on double hung sash windows – what they are and why they are advantageous to install.

What is a double hung sash window? I hear you cry! Well, double hung sash windows feature two moveable sash sets within the box frame. This means that the window can be opened by sliding the bottom panel up, as well as by sliding the top panel down. Single hung sash windows on the other hand allow ventilation through a single operable lower sash.

What are the advantages of a double hung sash window?

Double hung windows offer extra safety

Many families with young children prefer to install double hung sash windows. They can open the top window for ventilation, and it will be too high for children to reach, making it easier to keep little ones out of harm’s way. Of course, children are curious and may still be able to climb up to the window, so a watchful eye is still needed, and an adult should always be present. Check out the other ways to ensure your sash windows are safe with children around in our blog specifically relating to the topic. The extra level of safety offered by double hung windows are also a good choice for classrooms, care homes, hospitals or anywhere where there is increased vulnerability.

Energy efficiency

If you decide to invest in installing double hung windows in your new or existing property you will definitely be rewarded in terms of energy efficiency. New double hung windows can drastically reduce heating and cooling costs. Old windows are inherently inefficient mainly because they were not designed with energy efficiency in mind. This is true for windows that are more than ten years old. Plus, over the years you may have seen joints loosen or rotten away slightly, all of which will have an effect on the amount of air infiltration coming into your home. Replacing old windows with new double hung versions will not only improve your comfort while at home buy, but you will also see a noticeable reduction in energy loss and more pounds in your purse or wallet.

Maintenance and health

Let’s face it, the more time we can save on tedious, household chores in favour of more time doing the things we love, is always a winner. You’ll be pleased to learn that maintaining double hung windows is as easy as it gets. Most modern double hung models are developed for ease of cleaning and you are even able to clean the exterior of sash windows from the inside. No dangerous ladder climbs, specialised tools or raincoat needed.

In terms of health, double hung sashes are great for keeping the unwanted out and the wanted in. Because the window sashes move up and down, you can let in fresh air and let strong odours out whilst controlling the temperature in the house. Plus, their versatility to move up and down means you can put a screen on the window (unlike casement windows that open out), having a screen installed allows you to keep bugs and debris out without compromising on a well ventilated home.

Add value

Double hung windows are often more desirable than other types of window because of their functionality and safety. As with all quality home improvements, your investment should be reflected in the value added to your home.

What does a double hung window look like?

If sash window renovation or repair is on your ‘to do’ list, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8131 2886 a free quote or a chat.  We would love to help.

22 Oct 2020
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If you have decided that it is time to replace your old sash windows with beautiful, new, double-glazed versions you maybe wanting to gage a rough idea of how much your new windows will cost.  Many of our customers ask us to provide them with a ballpark figure to begin with so they have an idea of what they need to budget for.  It also allows customers to gain some understanding of the different services we can provide.  In order for us to provide this, we will need some basic window measurements from you.  This blog will guide customers through how to measure a sash window in order for us to provide a rough estimate.

What are the two main components of a sash window?

we cover how to measure a sash window, it is worth reminding ourselves what the main parts of a sash window are, so you know you are measuring the correct parts!   For this particular purpose, you only really need to understand that:

  • The sash, or sashes are the frames that contain the glass. There will usually be two sashes, and they are the parts which move up and down (within the box frame), to open and close the window.
  • The box frame is the window frame that contains the sashes.

How to measure your sash windows for a rough quote

Please provide us with:

1) The sash width.

Measure from one side of the window to the other, within the box frame.  Measure across the top of the bottom sash for a smooth, straight surface.

2) The sash height.

This is the size of the window within the box frame.  Measure from the top of the top sash to the bottom of the bottom sash.

3) Any custom details of the sashes if possible.

Anything extra you can tell us will prove useful.  For example, some window sashes will have additional features which might alter the appearance or improve the functionality in some way.  For example, your windows require glazing bars (placed across the panes of glass to make them look like smaller panes), maybe you would like your windows to have a sill on the inside (or outside) of the window, or maybe you require your windows to have a curved top finish.  Don’t worry if you are unsure of this kind of detail at this initial stage, we can discuss all this with you in more detail if you decide to proceed after our initial quote is given.

I am worried my measurements are not precise enough?

Don’t worry, the measurements you supply us do not need to be completely precise, they will be good enough for us to supply you with an initial rough quote so you can budget accordingly and decide whether you would like to proceed with the process further.  We will of course arrange a visit to you prior to you confirming a quote, in order for us to take detailed measurements, confirm your exact requirements, discuss the works and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Whether your windows need a complete renewal (complete new box frame and double-glazed sashes) or a sash replacement (new double glazed sashes installed into existing box frames), providing us with some basic measurements will enable us to send you an initial quote so you can plan accordingly.  If you have made the decision to invest in new sash windows, email us at info@sashwindows.london with the measurements outlined in this blog and we will email you back with a rough quote asap.  Now, the only thing left for you to do is locate that tape measure!

23 Sep 2020

The chilly nights will soon be upon us and the household thermostat wars will undoubtedly commence!   As we naturally start to consider turning the heating on to keep us snug over the winter months, you may be looking for ways to conserve as much heat in your home as possible to save cranking the dial up so much that your energy bills become too hot for your purse strings to handle.

If you own a listed property, you may think that making your home more energy efficient is near on impossible, but in this blog we explore some ways that we can help improve the energy efficiency of your listed home sympathetically, without compromising its historic character.

Double glaze your windows and doors

As a listed property owner you may be thinking that approval to double glaze your property will likely be rejected by planning officers, but modernising a traditionally-built house is easier now than you might think.  Historically, requests for replacement windows and doors with double-glazing have typically been dismissed due to their inability to preserve the character of a building as much as possible, leaving owners of listed buildings with no option but to put on extra jumpers when it’s cold and rely on chopping logs all day to keep themselves warm!

Thankfully, the Wandsworth Sash Windows team are approved installers of a new kind of glass technology that not only boasts an ultra slim profile that can easily be retrofitted into all timber windows and doors (so the original historical frames are maintained), it will also save time going through the lengthy application process – no planning approval is needed.

With the width of single glazing but the warmth of triple glazing our new glass technology for listed properties is well worth considering.

Draught proofing your sash windows

Draughts in your home are an uncomfortable business and are generally caused by unwanted gaps in windows, doors with letter boxes or keyholes, loft hatches and other accidental gaps found around the house. Draughts are commonly found in historic/older properties which have sash windows and draught proofing them will ensure that less heat escapes and little to no cold air comes in.   Although it isn’t always possible to draught proof all sash windows, it is worth seeking advice on whether this procedure can be carried out at your property; it will not only rid you of cold draughts, it can save you money on your annual energy bills too.  Eliminating the possibility of hot air escaping from your home, means you can turn down your thermostat and reduce your heating temperature – saving you money.  Imagine if every household in the UK carried out this procedure on their home, the UK would save millions of pounds – enough to heat thousands and thousands of homes.

Typically, about 25% of heat is lost from windows and draughts so double glazing and draught-proofing can make an enormous difference to the energy efficiency of your property, and therefore, your general standard of living. 

If you are one of Britain’s 400,000 listed building owners, you will be aware that keeping your home in a good state of repair is vital in maintaining or even improving the heritage value of your home, and more importantly, preserving the character that you fell in love with in the first place.  If we can help you in your efforts to repair, or conserve energy in your home this winter, please don’t hesitate to give us a call 020 3993 3217.

    02 Sep 2020
    Since Chancellor Rishi Sunak first announced his plan (back in July 2020) to put aside £2 billion for green home upgrades, in a bid to promote energy efficiency and help boost our suffering economy following the Covid-19 lockdown, we have heard little about the details.  However, it has now been announced that September 2020 will host the launch of the much-anticipated Green Homes Grant initiative and it appears that the scheme is not quite as straightforward to utilise as first thought.  We take a closer at what has been clarified so far… (more…)