Like For Like Replacement Windows
Sep 11, 2014
Getting like for like replacement windows can be a real pain, and it is increasingly becoming incredibly hard to find a company that can actually provide the service. Years ago it was far simpler to get your oak windows replaced with exact replicas. There was a wealth of companies that would provide the service, but nowadays, with so many window installers and manufacturers have moved on to producing uPVC windows, the trade is dying out pretty fast.
This is a shame because uPVC, as we all know, doesn’t offer nearly the same quality as timber like oak does. Aesthetically speaking, there is nothing at all about plastic frames which is appealing to the eye; they don’t add any value to the property and offer really nothing in terms of benefit apart from cheapness. That’s not to even mention the fact that their manufacturing process is terrible for the environment and is completely unsustainable!
It’s a sad fact that, like a lot of the products sold in the modern world, we have sacrificed beauty, craftsmanship and the environment for the sake of saving a little money. Whereas there are products out there, like oak and other timber, which are completely sustainable and pleasing to the eye!
Producing Like For Like Replacement Timber Frames
Of course, it’s not just that there is a wealth of uPVC on the market, but also the fact that creating like for like replacements is a particularly tricky job. In order to achieve the best results, you must find wood of similar properties, which can be pretty tricky in certain buildings.
In most cases when we are creating replacements, we will try instead to utilise higher quality raw materials so that we can ensure a greater longevity in our products with better acoustic and thermal insulation. In this regard we will always update the glass too, though with windows that incorporate earlier forms of float glass, this may not be possible due to the constraints of planning permission in conservation areas.
Replica window frames also often call for different manufacturing techniques from their modern day iterations. Often period properties contain windows whose aesthetic appeal has derived from the particular way it was crafted, which means that you need to pay very close attention to how you work with the wood as well as the kinds of finishes you apply to it - as often the exact colour must be replicated with planning permission.
So if you’re thinking about getting replacement replica oak window frames for your property, make sure you have checked with the LPA to see what the constraints of window replacement are, in order to avoid a headache down the road!