Sensitively restoring an historic building as part of your development project can be an exciting and rewarding process, however, the works involved can have many challenges, not least sash window restoration.

Often historic buildings can have had years of neglect that have resulted in decay and deterioration to the fabric of the building and, therefore, provide plenty of hidden surprises as construction progresses. A common issue is sash window restoration, an exercise that requires specialist skills and a sympathy for maintaining their period charm.

The sash is an innovation in window design that became fashionable in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. In the earliest sashes the upper part of the window was often fixed with only the lower section sliding up and down. Later both upper and lower sections were movable and smooth opening was enabled by pulleys and counterweights hidden within the frame of the window.

Sash windows can often have complex hidden mechanisms that can go wrong, have snapped cords, be prone to sticking and vulnerable to the eventual effects of weather if not properly maintained over time.

David Garrett, Managing Director for The Heritage & Restoration Group comments: “Old windows were built to last for generations if regularly maintained. Our renovation and sash window restoration brings them into the 21st century and restored to their former glory, ready for a draught proofing package or even a discreet double glazing system.”

“We will always try and keep the original sash windows, we think it is important to keep the original features of an historic property. When it comes to windows, the old adage ‘They don’t build them like they used to’ is never more appropriate.”

Since their foundation, The Heritage & Restoration Group have completed many different restoration projects working on properties from Victorian terraces to large stately homes. Whilst specialising in sash window restoration the company also offers a number of other renovation services including restoring casement windows and doors, stain glass restoration and a stone masonry service.

David continues: “All our work is carried out to the highest of standards and customer service and satisfaction is always at the forefront of our goals. We cover all Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire areas and have built a solid reputation for our high standards, friendly and informative approach and willingness to work with our clients to achieve their goals. We take great pride in our work and our references show this.”

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