Sash windows: replace or repair?

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Sash windows:  replace or repair?

The Guardian, Saturday 29 May 2010

My house has 12 large, original and rather draughty sash windows, many in poor condition. Should I repair them, or put in new double-glazed ones (I don’t want uPVC)?

DIY guru Julian Cassell says, “If you already know that some sashes need replacing, this suggests others may have varying degrees of rot, so it would probably be best to opt for new windows. Also, any tradesman could provide you with only an estimate rather than a fixed price, so the bill could keep growing if further repair requirements are discovered. With the complete replacement option, however, you could secure a fixed price for the work, because it is a straightforward case of removing the old and replacing with the new. As a rough guide, it should cost £200-300 to renovate and add draught excluders to an average-sized sash window, but this would not cover any major wood replacement. A complete replacement with a new double-glazed sash window could be around £1,000, and add around 30% to that figure for hardwood which, although more expensive, is always advisable, because it will not only make your home less draughty, but will no doubt add value to it, too.”

  1. Double Glazing in Warwick says:

    Nice Article, thank you for posting it. I have to say that Double Glazing is the best way to save winter bills and keep the warmth in during winter. It’s great to save cash. With Regards, Steve

  2. external doors says:

    No reason why restoration isnt an option!

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