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Although there are machines and materials available to help with the process of making traditional windows, the best windows are still put together by hand by an experienced joiner on a woodworking bench.
Don't forget that windows can always be repainted and glass can always be re-glazed, but if the base product (the joinery) fails it will almost certainly need replacing. A superior base product, made with superior timber will forgive any temporary lapses in maintenance or neglect over the years.
Aesthetics are very important when replacing windows in period homes, not all new traditional windows are made sympathetically and suit period homes. Choose a window that will grace your home, with detailing that is designed to match in with exactly what you need. Be sure to see a sample of what you are going to get before you buy.
Performance need not be compromised simply because you need a traditional window or door, these days’ techniques and materials allow us to create beautiful windows that grace the homes they are fitted to, but without compromise to performance. The above window is A rated under the BFRC’s Window Energy Rating Scheme.
The best windows and doors ever made can be easily compromised by poor installation. Make sure that any company you choose to make your windows fits them as well. Ideally they should employ their own time served fitters who are experts at fitting windows to period homes, be sure to get recent references from happy customers, before you make your decision.
Warranties are very important, whilst they may look simple, traditional windows and doors are complex in their design and manufacture. Reputable companies should be offering ten years warranty on any glazing and at least 20 years on the base joinery product. A good warranty from a well established company will tell you a lot about the windows and doors that you are going to get.
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