There are literally millions of single glazed sash windows in London and they all share the same inherent problem. The single glazing is extremely inefficient, insecure, and it’s costing homeowners literally millions of pounds across London in heating bills. One of the best solutions available is and it’s costing homeowners literally millions of pounds across London in heating bills. One of the best solutions available is double-glazed like for like sash windows that are basically exactly the same in look as single glazed but with all of the benefits of modern technology.
Double glazed sash windows don’t have to be all that expensive either, you could actually get a complete double glazed sash window with tops fixed, and lower functioning anywhere from £750. If you consider that a single glazed sash windows losing at least £25 per year in heat through the glass alone this is a considerable saving over a period of time. If you can combine double glazed sashes with a draught proofing system you’ve got an incredibly a thermally efficient window.
But I like my single glazed sash windows
One of the biggest problems a letting go single glazed sash windows is the favour of a looks simply stunning. Because they’ve got such a Slender lines and single glazing can afford such tight margins which allow Beautiful Life spaces, it’s often difficult to let go of these beautiful Windows. As other previously mentioned no you can have almost double glazed like-for-like sashes and you’ll lose literally less than 3 to 4% of the overall light in your property. That’s because single glazed sashes have a 44mm profile but double glazed sashes have a 53mm profile. Across 1 metre in width at a very nominal loss of light. When you factor that these double glazed sash windows are incredibly secure compared to single glazed, and they also really do make the house far more safe for your children, the benefits of starting to way up.
Double glazed sash windows can look stunning.
Don’t forget the new sash’s can look at YouTube. If you think that the double glazed sash only has a 53 mm profile it’s actually very similar to a single glazed sash and you can actually keep all of the original lines. That means that because the new sash is going to come factory finished it could actually end up looking better than single glazed original sash that might be tired from over painting, and cracked paint. You might also have small patches of rot and there may be other blemishes. Bare in mind that these original sash is over 100 years old there going to be far from perfect.
The other beautiful thing about double glazed sash windows as they make a lovely reflection because there are two panes of glass. If you’ve ever looked up for the property and wondered why the glass is reflected that’s because there are two or more panes of glass. Single pane don’t have that reflection and look a little dull. This is especially nice when you have a slightly blue tinted glass, it looks really super cool and modern.
If you think about the fact that London’s heading towards thermally efficient and technologically advanced City, having double glazed sash windows in your original. Property is absolutely fine because most people really want this upgrade now. This can actually increase the value of your home, and also make it far more saleable. Overall double glazed sash windows are a no-brainer if you looking to keep your home more comfortable, looking to upgrade the safety and perhaps even get a little bit extra value for money from the sale of your property.
There’s an additional benefit of double glazed sash windows and that’s that they can normally fitted into the original box frame which means that is not going to be a huge amount of making good on your property. This is especially handy if you’ve already done all of the renovation work in your property. Reuse existing frame obviously saves considerable amount of money to, and usually cut the bill in half. That’s where you can get a new pair of dashes from his little £750, if you have entire replacement windows this could be £2500 which is extremely expensive and perhaps the value for money isn’t there. So definitely make sure they’re taking advantage of using the original box frame wherever possible. It’s definitely worth calling out of London sash window company they will be able to help you with this upgrade anytime you like.
Coloured glass in sash windows can look amazing but over the years it takes a real beating and of course the lead will breakdown and perish around the glass. That’s why restoring led glazing is a significant undertaking and can be an extremely costly process but in this article we should go through and have a look at some of the best ways to try to restore some of your leaded glass as cost-effectively as possible. In some circumstances you might even be able to have a go at this yourself. But let’s take a look and see if you’re confident enough based on the information that I provided for you.
First stages of restoring your leaded glass.
One of the first things you need to do when you’re restoring leaded glass is to ensure that it’s actually the condition that you’re expecting and understand. Firstly you need to see that if there’s any broken glass or if any of the lead has become loose/broken apart. In either of these situations then it’s going to be a lot more than just a simple clean up job. This I would suggest, that you are probably going to need a professional to help with. But, if you are feeling brave I’ll show you how to go about repairing leaded glass in place and it is actually quite simple. You take an extremely sharp utility knife, and simply cut away the lead around the broken pane of glass. Once you’ve cut the lead back you just simply peel the lead back and you can drop out the broken pane of glass with no fuss at all. Please be careful here, you’re handling broken glass and a sharp knife, due diligence and all that…
The big problem is however, how you source the new pane of glass to match the existing. Most of the glass that you see in these windows is actually over 100 years old and finding that glass again can be quite tricky. Most leaded glass restoration specialists obviously have a stock of this glass, where we are only undertaking the program once in our new home it’s just unlikely we will have any of that glass available to us. That said, what I found is that it’s actually possible to find old panels that have been recycled on eBay. If you can find some coloured glasses of similar match then this is going to save you an absolute fortune because the leaded glass sash restoration specialist will charge a premium.
So if you have actually managed to salvage the glass or source some then the next stage is to cut the piece and drop it into the hole that you’ve just opened up. Cutting glass is extremely easy believe it or not, just a simple glass cutter that you can buy almost anywhere will suffice. You simply score hard down the glass and just break it. The score that you make weakens the glass and therefore the break will follow the line that you’ve made. Dropping the glass in is really easy, what I normally do is just have a dab of silicone to ensure that it actually doesn’t move around once you push the lead back and then placed the glass in. You didn’t simply fold the lead back over around the glass and you have an effective repair. From here what professionals will do is take out there soldering iron and solder the joints back that you’ve just cut open. With the joints soldered you’ve made a much stronger and more lasting repair. Please bare in mind that this is a very simple spot fix and far from an entire panel restoration of leaded glass in sash windows.
What if my leaded glass on my sash windows is just dirty?
In this situation you should just go about repairing the leaded glass yourself. It’s just going to be a simple case of getting yourself some newspaper and buffing up the lead and at the same time this will clean the glass. It’s actually quite amazing to see what will happen with a bit of newspaper when you buff the leaded glass. Another way to get this job done is sawdust. Sawdust is a light abrasive and so if you grab yourself a handful of sawdust, and then simply buff away at the lead glazing it will come up and give you an amazing new led light look. Obviously, because it’s sawdust it’s not abrasive enough that it will damaged the glass as well which makes it handy in terms of cleaning the glass too. Once you buff up the lead you’ll be amazed at how it really comes up nice and shiny. So then the thing to do is to make sure that there’s no loose or rattling panes of glass and if there is just simply grab your silicone gun and put a dab of silicone into the frame just to ensure that it holds the glass in place so that you don’t get that horrible noise of rattling glass in the wind.
As you can see restoring leaded glass really has two genuine options. You’ve either got a situation where the leads well beyond simple restoration and you should seek the help of a professional leaded glass specialist. The other option is that the lead is just simply weathered and really needs a good clean. If it’s the latter I would highly recommend doing this yourself because you can literally save £100 per pane of leaded glass and it’s also quite a fun project to do. You’ll be amazed how quickly you transform your leaded glass in your sash windows.
If you think that I’ve missed anything in his article then please do pop me an email will go through lead on sash windows together but otherwise please enjoy the new restoration process of your lead light.