Sash windows repair Potton, Bedfordshire

Sash windows repair Potton, Bedfordshire

Wooden windows restoration in Bedfordshire

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!

Sash windows repair potton
Wooden windows restoration in Bedfordshire

All works were completed during October 2020, with minimal disruption to business operations, and without inconveniencing the tenants.

The Customer’s Concerns

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.

Flaking paint on window sills
Flaking paint on window sills
Decayed windows sills
Decayed windows sills

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).

Initial windows Assessment

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. 

Windows restoration: Project Plan

Straight-forward windows restoration planning on this one:

  • All demarcated sash windows to undergo necessary repair, restoration and enhancement;
  • All designated windows and timber features to be thoroughly stripped back, spot-repaired, prepared and given high-quality redecoration.
Sash windows windows sill repair
Sash timber frame repair

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.

The on-site restoration process

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.

Windows restoration Potton

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.

Re-decoration and painting windows and Completing the job

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!

wooden windows painting potton
windows decoration and painting potton

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.

Job done, windows redecorated!

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.

Project Summary

  • Area: Potton, Bedfordshire,
  • Property: Commercial properties – retail and accommodation
  • Project requirements: Complete redecoration; sash repairs.
  • Results: Original features preserved and enhanced. Aesthetics fit-for-purpose: revealing the property’s natural quality.

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