Traditional timber windows are part of our heritage and in some cases the loss of traditional windows have been a real cause for concern within conservation areas. Old period properties, steeped in history may look great but replace the windows with equivalent uPVC style replacements, and their whole character can be ruined. At least that’s the view of historians and conservationists alike. Some grade I and grade II listed buildings must have windows replaced like for like, in order to maintain their original character, and preserve their heritage value. Thankfully, there are skilled tradesmen around today that are up for the job of creating such windows.
Made with care
The traditional timber window was handcrafted by skilled, time served carpenters and joiners who took real pride in their work. Every component piece of timber was precisely cut by hand to form tight joints for the main frame. Glass was expensive and so every pane was carefully cut to size with the minimum of waste. Every length of beading was mitre cut to perfection and putty was thumbed into the glass edges before finally trimmed off. Then the whole timber frame would be lovingly painted.
Not without problems
Making a window from scratch was a relatively long-winded affair but speed and accuracy were just as important as quality, from the manufacturing company’s point of view. However, with all the best will in the world, traditional timber windows were not very energy efficient. In many cases, especially with sash windows, they were draughty, rattled in the wind, would allow rain to enter, and would stick when opening and closing. Flush casement windows would be almost as inefficient and in all cases maintenance was needed on a regular basis.
A very different story now
Now with the aid of modern machinery and highly skilled tradespeople the traditional timber window has been given a new lease of life. At Chase Window Company we are passionate about all types of traditional timber windows. We use high-tech modern machinery and we employ the best window joiners in the business. The timber we use is from sustainable resources, it has been kiln dried, and treated to preserve its life expectancy. The frame’s components are cut to precision by state-of-the-art machinery, and it’s all put together by craftsmen. Glass is energy efficient, locks are substantial multi-locking security systems, and the paint finish consists of several coats of quality microporous paint.
They’re also fully guaranteed.
For help and advice about traditional timber windows, visit our showroom.