25May 2015

From timber sash windows to pointing: maintaining your Victorian home

Posted in: victorian and Energy Efficiency  –  By Patchett Joinery

Victorian properties are well known for their jaw-dropping features and traditional, rich tones. It seems that no matter what their size is, where they’re located or who they’re occupied by, there’s always something to talk about when it comes to a Victorian era property. From the traditional wood sash windows to the elaborate flooring patterns, there’s so much history locked away just waiting to be rediscovered, embellished and enjoyed.

If you’ve recently come into possession of a Victorian style home, or indeed are about to, then there are a few things you ought to know about how to maintain it and look after it. One doesn’t move into a Victorian period home to simply install PVC windows and laminate floors; they need to be nurtured and cared for if you are to protect your investment and get the most out of it. There’s one key thing to remember when considering upgrades to your period home: it’s possible to get all the effects of modern features while still maintaining the style and charm inherent in the property, you just have to know how it’s done.  In some ways, that would be the first tip: do some research! Ask your local joiners, contact people who know about these properties and ask for their opinion. Many places offer a free, no obligation quotation when it comes to carrying out work on a home, from doors to roofs.  Then of course, you’ve always got the good old internet.

Let’s focus on windows though. Many property experts hold windows in high esteem when it comes to rating a property, both in terms of value and general appearance and authenticity. Windows are important because they can drastically affect the look of your home from both inside and out, and they really set the tone for everything that lies with in. Your windows have to match the floor and furnishings and even the flowers and the fence that runs around your front garden; there’s a lot riding on the windows. Most Victorian era homes will have beautiful timber sash windows to bring out the best in them, and these should be maintained at all costs. It is possible to get new timber sash windows, but timber sash window repair is always a viable option when seeking to give them an ‘upgrade’, making them more energy efficient and draught proof than they might have been when you first picked up the property.