Sash windows are considered a mark of elegance on any building and add a certain prestigious air to home and renovation projects. Therefore, and quite rightly so, there is a skill and an art to maintaining a sash window which not everyone possesses. If you are undertaking a project to change or update your sash windows and are looking for someone to do the work for you, we’ve got some tips on making sure you choose the right tradesman for the job!
Do your homework when choosing a specialist
It’s important to make sure you do your homework when sourcing a sash specialist; look at previous projects they’ve worked on and ensure they are a reputable company – the British Woodworking Federation have a list of members. We have lots of companies in contact with us via our Twitter and Facebook pages so that could be a good place to start. Word of mouth is a great way of sourcing someone as they obviously come recommended, but you may not be lucky enough to know anyone in your area!
When getting quotes, try to get a feeling of whether the specialist truly understands the job, what you actually want and if they have any helpful advice or feedback on your plans – either to help you save money or improve the outcome of the project.
Ensure they are using quality products
The products being used on your window restoration are every bit as important as the person you have doing the work, if they scrimp on cheap and unreliable fittings, your renovated windows aren’t going to last very long. At Reddiseals, we offer a quality selection of sash products that ensure your window is finished with some of the very best furniture in the business. Our range is reliable and varied so we’re sure to have something to suit your taste.
Understand what the job entails yourself so you have a better understanding of what you’re paying for
We’re not expecting you to become masters of sash fitting overnight – and that’s why you need a specialist in the first place! –but having a vague understanding of what’s required can ensure you receive the service you’re expecting.
We offer support and advice to our customers, so if you need a bit of extra information, watch our Reddiseals ‘How to’ videos for helpful tips and advice as they could give you a better idea of what the job entails. This could end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
Do you know what’s on the market?
Be inspired! If you are you thinking of having some work done but aren’t too sure what you want, take a look at social media sites like the ‘ideas board’ Pinterest or do some internet searches – you may end up finding something completely different! It’s worth bearing in mind that there are now a vast range of colours available in window furniture so you can change the entire look of your window – at Reddiseals we’ve got everything from antique brass to satin chrome to suit any décor!
Look at other sash restoration work, have an idea of what kind of products you’d need and get a few quotes to make sure you’re paying what you think you should. Don’t necessarily go for the cheapest quote you find, strike the balance between cost and choosing a specialist you feel you can trust to do the job properly.