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Restoring the Period of your Property

Our high-quality sash window restorations starting from £250.00 REQUEST free SURVEY ABOUT US

Stunning Sash Window Restoration

Sash windows are a fine example of simplicity and elegance, however, like all things, time, neglect, and weather take their toll. Our passion and knowledge for the craft allow us to carefully utilise innovative hardware and modern techniques to restore and repair all aspects of deteriorated sash windows, ensuring a modernised practicality with an original aesthetic. Let our time experienced craftsmen give your sash windows a new lease of life.

The Method

Draught Proofing

The most common complaint we receive for an neglected sash window is the considerable draught and rattle. The gaps between the beading and sashes on one window allow enough air to flow through to fail a modern building’s environmental performance certificate. We tackle this by installing a traditional staff-and-parting bead with a hidden 3mm-brush pile that faces the sashes, as well as the same brush pile along the transoms where the two sashes meet. The constant contact between the pile and the sashes guarantees that the window will have no draught or rattle, as well as offering a premium feel when operating the sashes.

Practical, Quality Hardware

More often than not, a neglected sash window has its hardware and furniture painted over, which especially affects the pulley’s functionality. As we offer flexible packages, subject to survey, we can service any original hardware. However, if required or desired, we can work with closely with our suppliers to offer new, innovative hardware and furniture in a range of styles and finishes, all with a 20-year guarantee. Your cord is replaced as standard, (as the common wax cord is susceptible to snapping) with a cleanable, stretched nylon version that is tested before dispatch from our supplier. This ensures durability year after year and promotes smooth running.

Sill and Rot Repair

The sill is the most important component of any window. Without the correct weather seal, or proper maintenance, the sill will dampen and rot and, in serious cases, compromise the integrity of the frame. Our surveyors thoroughly inspect your sills as well as the window jams. Commonly, we strip back the affected areas to the dry, sound timber, and treat it with our specialist resin, which halts any potential threat of rot resurfacing. Finally, we then splice in new hardwood and seal all cracks and joints to ensure that your window is back to a stable, weather-proof condition for the foreseeable future. In serious cases, we reconstruct entirely new sills and lower boxes.

Expert Glass Solutions

The windows you have are probably decades old, so it’s not surprising to find a few cracks here and there. Here at William Richards, we are proud to offer an array of glazing options to suit your desired end result and budget, including:

Professional Painting Services

If our painting services are required, we strip the frame and sashes of all loose paint, gradually sand the area down to a 180-grit finish, and then apply acrylic primer and undercoats. We then apply the water-based top coats in the finish and colour you request. Our water-based top coat is environmentally sustainable, fast drying, and non-yellowing, leaving your windows with a premium, durable finish without harming the environment.
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What Advantages Do Sash Windows Offer?
As well as looking great, the properties of sash windows mean that they’re perfect for controlling aeration and the flow of air in your home. These windows are incredibly secure, meaning you’re always protected, even if you prefer to leave the window open.
How Do You Restore My Sash Windows?
With years of experience, we use our skills and knowledge to restore tired windows. We start by carefully dismantling the beading before inspecting the frame and sashes. All broken and rotten materials are removed before we service the pulleys, hardware, and cards. The sashes are weighed and balanced before the frames are primed. Once all of these is done, we re-hang the sashes and re-apply the beading. Everything is tested before we leave.
Can I Replace the Windows of a Listed Property?
The rules around listed properties can be complex, but we’re here to provide the best help and advice to our customers. Usually, you need permission from the local authority to replace windows in listed buildings and we can help you in your correspondence with them. Get in touch now if you need this kind of assistance.
What Is CAD Drawing?
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing is a process in which everything we’re going to do is generated and displayed electronically first. This allows you to see the potential results of our work before we start. As well as reducing errors, it also helps to find the perfect solution for a project.
How Long Does Window Installation Take?
This depends on what needs to be done. If you need permission from a local authority and particular windows, then the timeframe will be longer than standard sash window installation or a residential property. When you first arrange a project with our team, we’ll endeavor to provide an accurate timescale for you.
What are the payment terms that are offered?

We require a 30% deposit on the conformation of your order to get you fully booked in. Then depending on the number of repairs/ new windows you require, we may devise a payment schedule comprised of different stage payments, this is made up of equal payments to cover work as we go along. This is paid when you are happy with the work completed in that stage. 

What is the lead time on my new windows?

After we get you fully booked in, we do our best to start your work within 6-8 weeks depending on our availability. 

What is included in the price of a window restoration?
  • Labour
  • New staff and parting bead with insulating brush and seal installed
  • New nylon woven cord attached
  • Rebalance of the lower and top sash
  • Removal of all excess and lose putty 
  • All new beading spray primed and undercoated 
  • Disposal of existing beading and cord
Are your new sash windows fully compliant with building regulations?

Yes, we work closely with architects and surveyors and building control to ensure all our work is compliant with building regulations.

Do you paint the windows?

We do, all our new sash windows will come standard with a 4-stage spray coated in Sikkens to match any finish/colour required. For your restored windows, we can arrange our trusted decorators to follow behind our fitters to conduct a full decoration of your windows.

Can you match my existing sash windows?

Yes, at William Richards Sash Windows we understand the importance of preserving the original aesthetic of your property. Therefore, we can design and manufacture new windows to perfectly match the original windows with our modern technology. 

Do you have your own fitters?

Yes, we have a hand-picked team of specialist sash window experts, to ensure you get the best finish possible

Can I replace my uPVC with timber ones?

Yes, we can take out your old plastic windows and replace them with some new timber sash windows or casement windows made entirely to fit the style of your home. 

I live in a conservation area/ listed building, can you help me?

Yes, we will produce your technical drawings, heritage report and block pans for your listed building consent application and answer any queries along the way to give you the best chance of gaining approval for your new sash windows.

What types of sash windows do you manufacture?

We manufacture all types of sash windows, from Venetian to Georgian to Victorian. You just have to decide on a design that works for you.

What area do you cover?

We work from as far north as Manchester down to London and everywhere between

Will I need to be in the house whilst the work is being carried out?

It entirely the decision of the customer, we do not require you to be there for our team of professionals can carry out the work they need to. 

Do you have references from previous customers?

We have a selection of great reviews and references from our past customers both on our website, Trustpilot and our social media platforms.