Sash window draft proofing

31 May 2008
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United Kingdom

Im looking to get my original single glazed sash and casement windows professionally draft proofed, Ive had one company out but was a bit shocked by the price quoted.

The sash windows require no woodwork repairs and currently open correctly with the cords having been renewed recently. I have 5 sash windows to draft proof in total of varying sizes.

I also have 3 casement windows with a total of 6 openers which require easing to close correctly and then draft proofing.

I have received a quote of £1180 for this work from a Sash window restoration company. That is to professionally fit draft proofing to these windows by routering in draft strips around the edges of the sashes and then replacing the staff and parting beads of the sashes with draft proofed beads.

Its alot more than I was expecting or was I being naive?

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No, if your going to go down the so called professional route i.e. a specialist company, then you are going to attract specialist prices and get a bona fide job done, with all the call back protection as well.
Generally speaking it's the central meeting rails that have the widest gap and therefore let in most of the draft, these are easily fixed with a "V" seal self adhesive gasket strip, which might be a good first alternative.
Try sourcing a good handyman with a reputation, this can be both cost effective and good for any comeback, good reputations being difficult to achieve and easily tarnished...pinenot :)

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