For this sash windows repair project review, we are in a popular part of Potton, Bedfordshire. These commercial properties – a retail site and leased accommodation – have original sash windows which needed the Chameleon team’s attention!
All works were completed during October 2020, with minimal disruption to business operations, and without inconveniencing the tenants.
We were approached by the landlord of these adjoining properties to discuss whether the worst of the damage could be restored and if the tired appearance could be revitalised.
As we commonly find, many customers become misinformed and subsequently believe their windows need replacing. In over 90% of cases, damaged, original timber windows can be made completely sound: a cost-effective way of retaining authenticity and enhancing wooden windows (beyond what most modern replacements offer).
When we assessed the damage timber, we were able to identify the restoration work to do, and the best approach to take.
Overall, the sash windows had suffered for the last 4-5 years without adequate protection from the elements. The protective properties of the paintwork on the windows had long-since been compromised and exposed the timber frame beneath.
Most window frame structures required repairs, improvements and adequate re-protection. Several sash windows needed further attention as rot in sash windows timber frames had penetrated deeply and caused considerable damage to sills, casement uprights and bottom sash rails.
To really revamp the appearance, we suggested some additional measures to redefine aesthetics by applying subtle and authentically styled panel details.
All proposed work would be well within agreed budget, satisfied the brief and surpassed the client’s hopes.
Straight-forward windows restoration planning on this one:
An important aspect of this project was to accommodate our customer’s existing commercial enterprises, namely: to minimise disruption to retail trade and operating hours; and to avoid inconveniencing the tenants of the leased properties.
Our skilled team set about producing the highest quality results in the most efficient way. We divided efforts across the two key tasks of repairing the extensive damage and preparing windows for all-round improvement and redecoration.
As identified during the assessments, the worst areas were on several original sash windows. We removed rotten areas and replaced whole sections with fantastic Accoya® timber.
Surrounding areas were stripped back to solid wood. Imperfections were filled and crisp edges redefined. Vulnerable areas had Tricoya® veneers applied. These are matched to original designs, affording the windows a renewed aesthetic which showcases a revitalised quality.
Similarly, the Dormer windows were cleaned up and Tricoya® applied. We carefully extended this beneath leadwork and brought all aspects up to our high Chameleon standards. Elsewhere, cracking and flaking paint was removed; wood-filled; minor rot treated, and all surfaces sanded and cleaned for painting. To complete this stage, all sashes and functional aspects were checked, corrected and optimised. We sealed all corners and joints and added fresh putty to re-secure the glazing.
Almost there! Now that all sash windows repairs were done, new timber firmly in-situ and all surfaces smooth, crisp and structurally robust, we’re ready to get painting!
Time to mask off and set up our paint-spray equipment. Once set up, we applied multiple coats of high-grade paint to give a super even, ultra-smooth finish.
Our team did the final checks before moving on to the next job! Another happy customer who loved the result and was very appreciative of the minimal disruption to day-to-day business. The tenants of these properties were equally delighted with the improvements.