Period Window Restoration

The elegant charm of period windows is a defining feature of many homes. Their timeless design and functionality add immense character to your property. However, time and weather can take their toll, leaving your cherished windows drafty, broken, and becoming an eyesore.

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Traditional window restoration in Somerset, Devon & Dorset

At Tempus Windows, we specialise in the meticulous restoration of period windows, including sash windows, casement windows, and timber doors. We understand the importance of preserving the historical integrity and functionality of these architectural features.

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Why Restore Your Period Windows

Period windows are more than just openings that frame a view; they’re silent storytellers, whispering tales of the past and imbuing your home with a unique soul. Replacing them with modern replicas is akin to rewriting a chapter in your home’s history, erasing a tangible connection to those who came before you. Restoration, on the other hand, is an act of preservation, a way to honour the craftsmanship and character of your property.

Furthermore, restoration breathes new life into these architectural gems, transforming them from drafty liabilities into beautiful assets. Imagine the satisfaction of knowing you’ve not only preserved a piece of history but also created a more comfortable and energy-efficient living environment. The soft glow of natural light filtering through expertly restored windows is a unique quality absent in mass-produced replacements.

Period windows

A period window is a broader term for various window styles popular during specific historical periods. These windows reflect the architectural trends and technological advancements of their time. Here are some common examples:

  • Tudor windows (15th-16th century)
    Rectangular in shape with stone mullions (decorative dividers) creating smaller panes. Often seen in grand estates.
  • Georgian windows (18th century) 
    Known for their large panes, symmetrical proportions, and emphasis on natural light.
  • Sash windows (17th century onwards)
    As described above, sash windows were a popular style throughout several periods, particularly Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian.
  • Casement windows (Medieval onwards)
    These windows feature hinges on the side that allow them to open outwards. Often found in cottages and smaller homes throughout various periods.

Sash windows

A sash window is a specific type of window featuring vertically sliding panels called sashes. These sashes are housed within a fixed frame and typically counterbalanced by weights and pulleys hidden within the frame itself.

  • Mechanism
    The sashes slide up and down within the frame, allowing for controlled ventilation and light entry.
  • Benefits
    Sash windows offer many advantages, including easy operation, improved ventilation control compared to fixed windows and can be a good fire escape due to the ability to open a large portion of the window.
  • History
    Sash windows originated in 17th century London and became a popular choice throughout the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras.

What is the difference between a period window and a sash window?

The main difference is that a sash window refers to a specific operating mechanism (vertically sliding sashes), while period window is a broader term for various window styles from different historical eras. Sash windows can be considered a type of period window, but not all period windows are sash windows, for example, Tudor windows with mullions wouldn’t be classified as sash windows).

What are the benefits?

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Well-maintained period features are a major selling point for potential buyers. Homes with period features like restored sash windows, french doors and casement windows can fetch a premium of up to 15% compared to similar properties with less character. This translates to a significant increase in your home’s resale value.

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Drafty windows can be a major source of heat loss in any home, leading to higher energy bills and a larger carbon footprint. Restoration improves the seal around your windows, reducing drafts and heat loss by up to 70%, according to the Energy Savings Trust. This means lower energy bills, typically reaching £100 to £200 in annual savings, and a smaller carbon footprint as you rely less on heating.

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Beautifully restored period property windows add a touch of character to your home’s exterior. Studies have shown that curb appeal can significantly impact the perceived value of a property.

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Proper sealing during restoration reduces outside noise. This can be particularly beneficial for homes located in busy areas or near major roads. Restored windows create a quieter and more peaceful living environment, contributing to your overall well-being.

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By choosing restoration over replacement, you’re not only improving your home but also contributing to the preservation of architectural heritage for future generations. Period property windows are often crafted from high-quality timber, and restoration allows them to be enjoyed for many more years. Additionally, restoring existing windows uses less raw material and energy compared to complete window replacement, making it a more sustainable choice.

Investing in traditional timber window restoration is a smart decision that provides lasting benefits for your home, your wallet, and the environment.

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Why Choose Tempus Windows for Your Traditional Window Restoration

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Experience

At Tempus Windows, we understand the unique character and craftsmanship of period features. Our team comprises skilled joiners with decades of experience in traditional restoration techniques. We combine this knowledge with modern materials and best practices to ensure a long-lasting and authentic restoration for your windows.

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Quality

We are committed to delivering the highest quality workmanship on every project. We use only the finest materials, from sustainably sourced timber to top-of-the-line hardware. Our meticulous attention to detail ensures that your restored windows will not only function flawlessly but also retain their beauty for years to come.

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Preservation

We recognise the historical significance of traditional period property windows. They aren’t just functional; they’re architectural features that contribute to the character and charm of period properties. We work closely with you to understand your vision and ensure the restoration respects the original design and details of your windows.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Tempus Windows has experience working with listed buildings. We understand the importance of adhering to strict guidelines when restoring historical features like sash windows. We’ll work closely with you and any relevant authorities to ensure the restoration meets all regulations while maintaining the original character of your windows.

Yes, significantly! Proper sealing during restoration reduces outside noise intrusion. This can be particularly beneficial for homes located in busy areas or near major roads. Studies have shown that chronic exposure to noise pollution can have negative health impacts. Restored windows will create a quieter and more peaceful living environment.

Yes, repairing and restoring your windows can significantly increase your property value. Well-maintained windows are a major selling point for potential buyers, often fetching a premium price compared to similar properties with less character. The improved energy efficiency and curb appeal also contribute to a higher value.

Costs vary depending on the number and condition of your windows. However, we offer free consultations to assess your needs and provide a detailed and transparent quote. This approach ensures you know exactly what to expect.

The timeframe depends on the extent of the restoration needed. During the free consultation, we’ll provide a realistic timeline.

In most cases, a restoration is just as good, if not better, than a replacement.

Restoration preserves the original character and craftsmanship of your windows, which can be more valuable than a modern replacement. Additionally, restoration is often a more sustainable option as it uses existing materials. However, if your windows are severely damaged beyond repair, we can discuss replacement options using materials that complement the style of your property.

We’d be happy to discuss your window restoration. You can contact Tempus Windows for a free consultation and quote by email or phone.

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Tempus Windows are a trusted specialist for sash window and door restoration across Somerset, Dorset, and Devon. We offer a comprehensive range of services to breathe new life into your period property, from timber sash windows and casement windows to French doors and stable doors.

Our team of experienced craftsmen utilises traditional techniques and high-quality materials to ensure an authentic and long-lasting restoration. We serve a wide range of locations, including Yeovil, Sherborne, Sparkford, Somerton, Langport, Wincanton, Chard, Dorchester, Ilminster and Exeter.

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