Building Disasters: Windows and Doors to avoid

Period, conservation and listed properties were originally constructed with timber windows and doors. Over the years however, PVC manufacturers have persuaded homeowners to replace their timber windows and doors with unattractive, bulky, PVC replicas, which have devalued people’s homes and damaged Britain’s architectural heritage.

The results can be startlingly, and sometimes amusingly bad. As these windows are usually mass-produced, they often don’t fit properly into the window aperture – for example square or rectangular windows are sometimes fitted into a property that should have curved topped windows.

Even if the windows are the right shape, the flatter, bulkier look of PVC windows – which are sometimes fitted too close to the front of the brickwork in comparison to the original ‘set back’ look – often don’t match the neighbouring properties, and can ruin the character of a period street. This is made even worse if different companies have offered different styles in the same street.

Have a look at our gallery of some of the worst sash windows we have found.

There are also safety implications for poor PVC replacements – as sometimes the new window inserts do not allow for adequate ventilation, and if sliding sash windows are replaced with fixed PVC windows with a top opener – they often do not allow adequate space for the occupant to escape from an upstairs room if necessary.

If you have a period, conservation or listed property, it’s important to use a specialist timber window and door manufacturer such as Timbawood, who can create bespoke solutions to exactly match the original windows and doors down to the finest detail.

As experts in period, conservation and listed properties, we specialise in exact-match replacement, part replacement and refurbishment of sash windows and casement windows on architecturally sensitive properties, helping you through the entire process from planning approval through to design, survey, manufacture and installation.