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Bespoke Front Doors

Yes, they can – and bi-fold door specialists from our team can do that installation work. Once a set of bi-folds has been fitted as an entrance to your patio, you and other members of your household will more easily be able to head indoors and outdoors as and when the need arises.

This is because bi-folds are much easier – and less cumbersome – to open than traditional doors. You can just fold a set of bi-folds open rather than have to repeatedly fumble with a lock.

You can start by booking a free consultation with us, as you can do by phoning 0203 795 5169 or emailing info@vintagesash.co.uk. Once we have held this phone-based consultation with you, we will ask you to book a free site survey so that we can drop by your home. We will then:

  • Discuss what you want and need in a new front door
  • Study your home to decide what would be practical for it
  • Recommend a particular type of front door for you
  • Provide a fixed-fee quotation for a new front door

No. We will not provide the quotation until about two to three working days after we have visited your home and completed the site survey there. When this quotation is provided to you, it will be in a written form and emailed to you.

We have a policy of not providing any quotations in the home itself, as we believe this could come across as a pushy sales strategy. We want to leave you to think long and hard over the quotation before you decide whether to accept it.

Though many people might be tempted to have bi-food doors fitted largely because they look stylish, they also have a wealth of practical benefits once installed on a home. For example, these doors can:

  • Afford you panoramic views of the outside world from indoors
  • Prove resilient to warping or bending in extreme temperatures
  • Be easily repaired with the use of like-for-like replacement panels
  • Provide strengthened security due to the two-fold locking system

You can learn more about the benefits by contacting our bi-fold door specialists.

Timber has many benefits when used to make bi-fold doors, as we do in our workshop. Here is what you can expect from timber bi-fold doors installed on your own property:

  • A rustic, natural appearance
  • Long-lasting versatility and durability
  • Strong protection against adverse weather
  • A style in-keeping with either a heritage or modern home

If you live in a period property, you could even ask us to install timber sash windows that, like bi-fold doors of the same material, would enhance the traditional look of your home.

Aluminium is another option for bi-folds we would be able to design, manufacture and install at your residential property. Some of the best reasons to choose aluminium bi-folds are that this material:

  • Is very strong and can potentially last decades
  • Can be maintained with just occasional cleaning
  • Isn’t vulnerable to weather-induced warping

You might also be surprised to know that aluminium can be sourced in various colours and even be made to look like timber if you would like this particular visual effect for your bi-folds.

Of course they are! You probably built your conservatory in the first place in order to blur the boundary between your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces and let a larger amount of natural light stream uninterrupted into the home – and bi-folds could further help you pursue these goals.

We can fit bi-folds as an entryway into your conservatory from either inside or outside your house – though we ask that you first book a free home visit to help us assess how to go about this work.

Fortunately, we can install bi-folds of either type for you – though you could understandably be rather stumped as to whether to opt for inwardly- or outwardly-opening bi-folds.

The choice you “should” make could largely depend on the intended space for the doors – hence why we emphasise the importance of booking a free home visit before we install anything at your home.

However, outwardly-opening bi-folds are often favoured – in part because furniture kept indoors will not impede attempts to open and close the doors.

Bi Folding Doors

Though many people might be tempted to have bi-food doors fitted largely because they look stylish, they also have a wealth of practical benefits once installed on a home. For example, these doors can:

  • Afford you panoramic views of the outside world from indoors
  • Prove resilient to warping or bending in extreme temperatures
  • Be easily repaired with the use of like-for-like replacement panels
  • Provide strengthened security due to the two-fold locking system

You can learn more about the benefits by contacting our bi-fold door specialists.

Timber has many benefits when used to make bi-fold doors, as we do in our workshop. Here is what you can expect from timber bi-fold doors installed on your own property:

  • A rustic, natural appearance
  • Long-lasting versatility and durability
  • Strong protection against adverse weather
  • A style in-keeping with either a heritage or modern home

If you live in a period property, you could even ask us to install timber sash windows that, like bi-fold doors of the same material, would enhance the traditional look of your home.

Aluminium is another option for bi-folds we would be able to design, manufacture and install at your residential property. Some of the best reasons to choose aluminium bi-folds are that this material:

  • Is very strong and can potentially last decades
  • Can be maintained with just occasional cleaning
  • Isn’t vulnerable to weather-induced warping

You might also be surprised to know that aluminium can be sourced in various colours and even be made to look like timber if you would like this particular visual effect for your bi-folds.

Yes, they can – and bi-fold door specialists from our team can do that installation work. Once a set of bi-folds has been fitted as an entrance to your patio, you and other members of your household will more easily be able to head indoors and outdoors as and when the need arises.

This is because bi-folds are much easier – and less cumbersome – to open than traditional doors. You can just fold a set of bi-folds open rather than have to repeatedly fumble with a lock.

Of course they are! You probably built your conservatory in the first place in order to blur the boundary between your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces and let a larger amount of natural light stream uninterrupted into the home – and bi-folds could further help you pursue these goals.

We can fit bi-folds as an entryway into your conservatory from either inside or outside your house – though we ask that you first book a free home visit to help us assess how to go about this work.

Fortunately, we can install bi-folds of either type for you – though you could understandably be rather stumped as to whether to opt for inwardly- or outwardly-opening bi-folds.

The choice you “should” make could largely depend on the intended space for the doors – hence why we emphasise the importance of booking a free home visit before we install anything at your home.

However, outwardly-opening bi-folds are often favoured – in part because furniture kept indoors will not impede attempts to open and close the doors.

Casement Windows

Though this is an especially oft-asked question, we are unable to provide a solid answer to it until we have in-depth information about the asker’s situation. While you are – on the whole – unlikely to need planning permission, you could require it if your home is:

  • In a conservation area
  • A flat
  • A listed building

You could always get in touch with us and discuss your situation in detail so that we can discern whether the need for planning permission would indeed apply in your case. If it would, we can then advise you on how to obtain that consent.

Like standard casement windows, French casement windows are opened like a book – in other words, outwards. However, where French casement windows differ is that they are essentially two traditional casement windows that are placed side by side and open out from the centre.

However, despite opening out this way, there is no vertical post separating the two windows when they are positioned in the arrangement of a French casement window. French casement windows are one of the many types of casement window we can provide and install.

You should rule out selecting French casement windows if you want to add a window to a narrow space, like a hall. However, a French casement window can work wonderfully well if you want to:

  • Put two windows right next to each other
  • Add windows above your kitchen sink
  • Add elegance to a bedroom
  • Let natural light flood into the bathroom

By undertaking a free site survey at your home, we can judge how beneficial a French casement window would be for it – and whether you should consider a different window option instead.

The use of casement windows can be traced back centuries, with the design of these windows having slowly evolved as architectural tastes changed with the passing years.

Hence, yes, a casement window can be a very appropriate choice of window for your period property – especially when the window is designed and built bespoke, a service we can provide. We can carefully consider the style of your home when designing the window to make sure it will suit it.

This will largely depend on when the home was actually built. On many heritage properties, a casement window would be more appropriate – as casement windows were often chosen for homes built in bygone eras including the Tudor and Stuart periods.

However, the debate will be a bit more complex if your home is from the Georgian era, as this is when sash windows were starting to grow in popularity. Hence, a timber sash window put together by our team might be the wiser option for your Georgian home.

Not necessarily. That’s because both our uPVC and aluminium casement windows can be styled to look like timber windows – meaning you would be able to benefit from the historically authentic appearance of timber as well as the practical benefits of uPVC or aluminium.

You should also keep in mind that we offer uPVC sash windows – as you could find especially ideal if the property is from the Georgian age and you want this home to be fitted with windows that, though as strong and resilient as uPVC allows, come across as faithful to the era.

Hand Made Staircases

Yes, as all of the staircases we make are designed bespoke. So, if you have seen any specific staircase design – perhaps online or even in a friend’s house – that takes your fancy, we could take any picture of the staircase you show us and turn that image into your very own staircase.

As for when you show us that picture, this could be when we visit your home as part of the process of determining what type of staircase would be both practical and desirable for your residential property. On our website, it’s easy to book a free home visit.

In this situation, there are various places you could look for inspiration. You could find some pictures of particularly interesting-looking staircases on social networks like Instagram and Pinterest – and show us any pictures that especially pique your interest.

However, even once you have settled on one pictured staircase design, we could still tweak and modify it for your own staircase to make it uniquely yours. That’s the beauty of our bespoke staircase design service, which you can start utilising just by contacting our team.

As we consult with you, we seek answers to a series of important questions – such as:

  • Will the new staircase run up against a wall or stand freely?
  • What will be the new staircase’s floor-to-floor height?
  • How wide should each stair be?
  • What materials would you like us to use in making the staircase?

To book a free initial consultation with us, please phone 0203 795 5169 or email info@vintagesash.co.uk.

This is a question to which you should ideally know the answer early in the project, assuming you want a spiral staircase. As a general rule, the finished opening should be 100mm larger than your intended spiral’s diameter.

Consequently, if you would like a staircase spiral measuring 1,700mm in diameter, the opening should be 1800 in diameter or, if this opening will be square, measure 1,800mm by 1,800mm. As for how deep an opening you will need, you can reduce the required depth by opting for a larger spiral.

Staircase designs must comply with a range of specific Building Regulations. These Building Regulations include that the staircases should:

  • Have a maximum rise of 220mm
  • Have a minimum going of 220mm
  • Have a pitch of up to 42°
  • Allow at least 2,000mm of clear headroom above the pitch line

We emphasise that the Building Regulations listed here are only selected examples of all of those covering staircase design. Take heart, however, that we routinely keep all applicable Building Regulations in mind whenever undertaking any installation or repair work for a client.

While you might currently associate timber with traditional staircases, this wonderfully versatile material can easily be used in the creation of contemporary-styled staircases, too.

For staircases, many different types of timber are available. The cheapest timber options include softwoods like pine and hemlock, while hardwoods such as oak, ash and walnut are pricier but very appealing in their finish.

We can help you to choose a specific timber for your staircase – and for timber sash windows as well, if you would like us to custom-design these and fit them in your home.

Plantation Shutters

You might have noticed the word “louvres” often being used in reference to plantation shutters. The word “louvres” refers to the angled slats affixed to the vertical stiles framing the shutter panels.

Once plantation shutters are in place in your home, you will be able to easily tilt the slats from fully closed to fully open – or simply leave them angled between these two positions.

The inclusion of louvres differentiates plantation shutters from traditional solid shutters, as these instead have solid panels foldable across the window.

Once you have plantation shutters hung up at your home, you would have all of the following practical functions available to you. Simply by adjusting the positioning of the shutters’ slats, you would be able to:

  • Precisely regulate the amount of light that enters the building
  • Help improve your sleep by blocking out sunlight of early dawns
  • Avoid fully opening your window panes but still let maximum daylight through
  • Manage sun glare to prevent sunlight from fading furniture

You could also have plantation shutters designed and manufactured to bespoke specifications when you turn to our team.

The reassuring news here is that, no matter what style your home’s decor follows, you can source plantation shutters to suit. We can provide plantation shutters designed in a way that meets the client’s precise requirements. The types of homes we can produce these shutters for include:

  • Georgian and Victorian homes
  • Cottages
  • Twentieth-century homes
  • New builds

However, creating plantation shutters that aesthetically match or complement your home would depend on us knowing, in depth, what your home looks like. Thankfully, we can establish this with a home visit you could book for free through our website.

It would certainly be possible for us to fit plantation shutters to each of your home’s windows, provided you live in our geographic coverage area. However, the question of whether you “could” shutter each of your residential windows in this way is different to whether you “should”.

One rule of thumb we advise you to follow is that, if you reckon any particular window in your home “needs” plantation shutters, you should have such shutters installed on all of the other windows in that room, too – as doing so could help you to establish a stylistic uniformity throughout this space.

The simple answer is yes. This is for several good reasons – including that the plantation shutters we design, manufacture and fit:

  • Are custom-built to fit the window and so allow less heat to escape
  • Include louvres adjustable for the purpose of ventilation
  • Are effective at combating heat gain, meaning less need for air conditioning

While blinds can also help to limit heat gain, they could too easily move around – and thus potentially let too much cold air into the room – if there is a breeze. Hence, plantation shutters can be more effective in helping to regulate a home’s temperature.

Fortunately, if you do arrange to have plantation shutters fitted in your property, those shutters are less likely to unpleasantly distract you than blinds or curtains.

One simple reason why is that, if you have your shuttered windows open on a breezy day, the fitted shutters won’t drift out of place like a curtain or rattle like a blind.

Even in appearance alone, plantation shutters can be modest and unassuming – especially if you ask us to design them bespoke for your property and fit that out with similarly-styled windows, such as timber sash windows to go with timber shutters.

Sash Windows Repairs

No matter how your sash windows are damaged, we can restore those windows to an as-new condition. Here are several examples of the sash window repair services we are able to carry out:

  • Replacing rotten windowsills
  • Repairing rotten wood
  • Renewing broken sash window cords
  • Replacing spring balances
  • Putting in new glazing

When you contact us by calling 0203 795 5169 or emailing info@vintagesash.co.uk, you can describe to us exactly what is wrong with your window, enabling us to determine what we can do about it.

Whenever possible, you should have this timber sash window repaired rather than replaced – and, by visiting your home for free, we can let you know if fixing this window would be beyond possibility.

In past centuries, the timber customarily chosen for homes’ windows was slow-growing and highly durable. Hence, ideally, you should restore such wood – as its very presence on your period property could help you to maintain its condition long into the future.

We don’t deal in sloppy patch-up jobs; all of the window repairs we provide are permanent fixes. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about the repair work potentially becoming undone shortly after being completed.

Even when repairing heritage windows, we can use modern products like epoxy resins and glues while leaving the window itself looking faithful to its original era. You can simply contact us to learn more about our window repair methods.

The windowsill is one window part especially prone to rotting, but we know exactly how to restore the condition of a rotting windowsill.

For example, as well as utilising the traditional technique of splicing in new wood, we can use modern solutions like polyurethane glues to bond the repaired sections of the windowsill.

All materials we use for repairing a windowsill are carefully chosen to ensure a durable, long-lasting result. Our windowsill repair services are available for homes in a wide range of geographic areas.

It is rarely possible or economically viable to repair window hardware – which, in the case of sash windows, would include sash lifts and sash fasteners. Therefore, for our clients, we often tackle the problem of damaged sash window hardware by replacing it outright.

We can provide sash lifts and sash fasteners in various finishes, including:

  • Polished brass
  • Polished chrome
  • Satin chrome

However, there are also other ironmongery finishes available – and you can take comfort from the 10-year guarantee we offer on any ironmongery we provide to our clients.

We can travel to fix sash windows at homes in Greater London’s 33 districts or the nearby county of Essex’s 14 districts. This basically means that all or Greater London is covered, including:

  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Waltham Forest

Meanwhile, the parts of Essex where we can repair sash windows include:

  • Epping Forest
  • City of Chelmsford
  • Maldon
  • Basildon
  • Rochford
  • Castle Point
  • Southend-on-Sea

These are all examples of places where we can deliver any of our other window and door services, too – including installing windows afresh.

Timber / Wood Sash Windows

With a “single hung” wooden sash window, only one of its two panels – usually the bottom panel – will be movable. Meanwhile, a “double hung” wooden sash window will consist of two panels: a top panel and a bottom panel, each of which can be shifted.

Our bespoke approach to making windows enables us to provide you with triple or quadruple hung windows, where there would be – respectively – three or four moving panels overall. Whatever type of wooden sash window you would like from us, just let us know when ordering your window.

There are various stages to placing an order for a wooden sash window from Vintage Sash. We make all of our wooden sash windows bespoke; as a result, we need to have a good idea of your particular requirements before we start designing the window.

After calling 0203 795 5169 or emailing info@vintagesash.co.uk to book your free consultation with us, we will require you to:

We will do this by using spray paint, as doing so would achieve an immaculately smooth finish without the brushstrokes and paint runs that can be all too common with hand-applied paints.

As for the paint colours used, that would be up to the client. While white gloss and white satin are both popular with our customers, many other paint colour options are also available – and you can choose to mix and match hues if you strive for a particular colour scheme in your home.

While there are many compelling reasons to choose timber sash windows, such as their endearingly traditional appearance that especially suits contemporary homes, certain problems can emerge in poorly-maintained windows of this type. Those potential issues include:

  • Becoming stuck and, as a result, hard to open or close
  • The window’s corner joints loosening
  • Corroding timber that leads the hinge to loosen

However, if your timber sash window – regardless of whether or not we originally installed it – does show any of these problems, take heart that we are able to repair timber sash windows.

While timber sash windows have a timeless appeal, maintaining that appeal for the long haul would depend on keeping on top of a good maintenance regime for those windows. There are many maintenance tasks you could regularly undertake yourself, such as:

  • Cleaning the window with glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth
  • Painting the window to prevent its timber from deteriorating
  • Oiling the window’s frame and hinges

However, if your timber sash window has already incurred damage, such as timber decay or a broken cord, we can repair or, if necessary, wholly replace that timber sash window.

While it wouldn’t be sensible for us to cite a precise figure for this, a high-quality, timber sash window – like one created and fitted by our team – could realistically last over 72 years, assuming the window undergoes regular maintenance through means like those described above.

Many original timber sash windows have even, when looked after sufficiently carefully, kept their condition largely intact for a hundred years. Therefore, the job of replacing your timber windows could well be left to a future owner of your home.

UPVC Window

While uPVC sash windows can be made to resemble timber, they have numerous practical advantages over sash windows of genuine wood. For example, uPVC sash windows are:

  • Low-maintenance, as they require just an occasional wipe clean
  • Durable, as they are weather-resistant in finish
  • Cost-effective, as timber windows can be expensive

Still, exactly how uPVC compares to timber on this score can be influenced by the quality of the timber and how it is used. We are always careful with how we make timber sash windows.

If you know when those windows were originally installed, rest assured that they probably don’t need replacing provided the original installation occurred less than a decade ago.

If they are older than that, though, they could be on their last legs – especially if they have been in place for over 30 years, as this would be significantly higher than the typical lifespan of uPVC windows, which is about two decades. However, you should also inspect your windows’ condition.

If these windows have become misted or “fogged”, this will have occurred due to the sealing failing – and you might be able to have just the glass, rather than the entire window, replaced.

However, you could need to replace it if you notice any of these issues:

  • Cracked, chipped or broken glass
  • Water seeping through the window frame
  • Draughtiness

If you see any signs like these, a mere repair might not suffice – but we can install replacement uPVC windows on homes throughout our geographic coverage area.

Anywhere in Greater London, which consists of 33 districts overall, or Essex, which is divided into 14 districts. The Greater London areas where we can install uPVC sash windows therefore include:

  • City of London
  • City of Westminster
  • Ealing
  • Greenwich
  • Hillingdon

Meanwhile, the areas of Essex where our uPVC sash window installation service is available include:

  • Braintree
  • Tendring
  • Rochford
  • Castle Point
  • Thurrock

Our website further details the entire geographic coverage area where we can visit homes to install windows.

If in a conservation area, your home will be subject to certain restrictions determining what home improvement work is permitted there.

You could still replace any of your heritage home’s windows with uPVC windows as long as their appearance does not differ significantly from the original window’s. Nonetheless, you should obtain planning permission before any windows are replaced.

Yes – we can provide this help at various stages once you have told us you are interested in the possibility of us installing new windows at your property.

Here are the steps we will take once you have contacted us to book a free initial consultation.

  • Hold that free consultation with you over the phone
  • Arrange and undertake a free site survey of your home
  • Recommend you a particular window solution

Whatever type of window you ultimately ask us to install at your home, we will provide you with a fixed-fee quotation for that installation work.

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