Restoration

Our teams have amassed a huge amount of experience restoring and renovating sash windows to older properties across Hampshire and surrounding areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Andover and Wareham plus other areas in this magnificent county.

Worried that your period windows and doors have deteriorated so much that they might not make it through another winter? It’s a common issue.

That’s why we employ talented craftspeople in Hampshire who have a wealth of experience from the restoration and marine industries who can restore your windows to their former glory. We offer what we believe is a rare level of expertise in this field.

Our teams have amassed a huge amount of experience restoring and renovating sash windows to older properties across Hampshire and surrounding areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Andover and Wareham plus other areas in this magnificent county.

Sash Window Restoration Hampshire

Skilled craftspeople with high-tech solutions

Our highly skilled craftspeople can restore your doors and windows (including sash windows) as part of our CosyGlazing secondary glazing insulation or as a standalone service. All of our craftspeople are trained in-house and employed fully by Mitchell & Dickinson, passing their skills down through the generations.

We use reclaimed timbers such as pitch pine and sustainably grown oak together with epoxy resin compounds. Epoxy compounds are an import from the marine industry that combine with timber better than almost any other bonding and fairing material. They can provide restoration with a lifespan equivalent to the original window.

We often meet customers who have been told to replace their windows because they are too decayed and we find we can restore them, replacing only 10-20% of the timber at around one-third of the cost of a new hardwood window.

Historic England favours restoration over replacement because it preserves the high-quality old timber, allows you to keep your beautiful old glass, and retains the look and feel of a period property, which can be spoiled by the introduction of new windows.

Preserving our architectural heritage is important, but it’s not just about the aesthetics. Restoration of your existing windows and doors is also best for the planet. The whole life carbon of our existing period housing stock is preserved when you restore rather than replace, too. 

While we have your windows out to restore them it also makes sense for us to draught proof them and install CosyGlazing, our unique, advanced and virtually invisible secondary glazing. You’ll improve the thermal efficiency of your home, reduce heat loss through your windows by 70% and avoid the additional cost and inconvenience of having to have your windows taken out again in future.  

Take a look at one such window restoration project

Sash Window Restoration Hampshire

Exterior of window showing decayed sills. The customer had been advised to replace the windows.

Sash Window Restoration Hampshire

Replacement sill milled by our joiners in reclaimed pitch pine. Pitch pine has a similar durability to the quality softwoods found in old windows (in contrast, modern softwoods can rot in under five years).

Sash Window Restoration Hampshire

The new pitch pine sill is fitted in position using epoxy resin compounds. Epoxies, while not eco-friendly in their own right, are phenomenally compatible with wood, soaking into the timber and expanding and contracting at the same rate. This means the bonds can last as long as the timber itself, so there are significant benefits.

Sash Window Restoration Hampshire

One of our project managers scarfing small sections to the bases of the vertical mullions. The structural bonding properties of epoxies mean that small sections of new timber can be scarfed with great durability, allowing us to preserve 90% of the original timber.

Sash Window Restoration Hampshire

The final window, primed, with the glass and sashes in place. The end result, following the guidelines of Historic England, retains most of the original timber and glass, and at the same time gives the window a new lease of life.

Where some windows need replacing as part of a larger CosyGlazing or insulation installation, we can provide beautiful, high-specification replacement windows.

Sympathetic window restoration across Bedfordshire

Where some windows need replacing as part of a larger CosyGlazing or insulation installation, we can provide beautiful, high specification replacement windows. Our skilled craftsmen have many years of experience restoring and renovating sash windows doe owners of country homes and traditional period properties in across Bedfordshire and surrounding areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Eastleigh, Andover and Wareham plus other areas in this magnificent county.

One of our recent window restoration projects

Your window restoration questions answered

What is window restoration and how does it differ from window replacement?

Window restoration involves repairing and refurbishing existing wooden or sash windows to restore their original beauty and functionality. This process typically includes repairing damaged wood, replacing broken components, and applying new finishes. Restoration preserves the historic character of the windows and is often more cost-effective and sustainable than full replacement.

Why should I consider restoring my wooden or sash windows instead of replacing them?

Restoring wooden or sash windows allows you to retain the charm and character of your home while improving energy efficiency and functionality. Additionally, restoration is often more environmentally friendly and can be more cost-effective than replacing windows entirely.

How do I know if my wooden or sash windows are suitable for restoration?

In general, wooden or sash windows with signs of wear, damage or deterioration can benefit from restoration. Common issues include rotting wood, broken or missing components, and poor energy efficiency. Our experts at Mitchell & Dickinson can assess the condition of your windows and recommend the best course of action.

Can you restore wooden or sash windows that are heavily damaged or decayed?

Yes, our team specialises in restoring even the most severely damaged wooden or sash windows. We have extensive experience repairing rot, replacing damaged components, and restoring windows back to their former glory. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your specific restoration needs.

Will window restoration improve the energy efficiency of my home?

Yes, window restoration can improve energy efficiency by addressing issues such as air leaks, poor insulation, and damaged seals. Our restoration process includes draught proofing and other measures to enhance thermal performance, resulting in a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.

How long does window restoration typically take?

The duration of window restoration depends on factors such as the extent of damage, the number of windows being restored, and the project complexity. Our team works efficiently to minimise disruption and complete the restoration process in a timely manner.

Will window restoration affect the appearance of my home?

No, window restoration is designed to enhance the appearance of your home by preserving the original character and architectural features of your wooden or sash windows. Our skilled craftsmen pay close attention to detail to ensure a seamless restoration that complements your home’s aesthetic.

Can you match the original style and design of my wooden or sash windows during restoration?

Yes, our team has the expertise to replicate the original style and design of your wooden or sash windows during the restoration process. Whether you have historic or bespoke windows, we strive to maintain their authenticity while improving functionality and performance.

Is window restoration a sustainable choice?

Yes, window restoration is a sustainable choice that helps reduce waste and conserve resources by extending the lifespan of existing windows. By avoiding unnecessary replacement and preserving the embodied energy in wood, restoration contributes to a more environmentally friendly approach to home maintenance.

How can I get started with my window restoration for my wooden or sash windows?

To get started with window restoration for your wooden or sash windows, simply contact Mitchell & Dickinson to schedule a consultation. Our team will assess your windows, discuss your restoration goals, and provide recommendations tailored to your needs and budget.

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