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sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:19 am    Post subject: Ultimate wooden windows...  Reply with quote    

Are available from this lot:
www.swedishtimberproducts.co.uk

BTW the Independent has been running a 'Diary of an Eco-Builder' by Will Anderson. This all seems to still be free to access at: www.independent.co.uk

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been recommended both by people at the AECB. Apparantly the Swedish people can do gas filled triple glazing for prices similar to UK produced double glazing.

Blue Peter



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you have to contact people in Sweden? or are there UK importers?


Peter.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the website is a UK distributor

Blue Peter



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ooops, silly me.

Are you going for the aluminium powder coating?


Peter.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I reckon ours'll be timber, but we're nowhere near deciding yet.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What I want (what I really really want) is someone who makes reasonably efficient sash windows. The people who owned this place before us installed uPVC stuff. When it cracks up, which will probably be sooner rather than later, we would like to reinstall wooden sash windows because they're what's actually appropriate for the house.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like the idea of hardwood frames that don't need painting. I assume you can oil exterior wood if required but I like the look of timber and not having to paint the wood can only be a good thing.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've asked the question abouth High efficiency sash windows at aecb, I'll let you know if anyone replies.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
What I want (what I really really want) is someone who makes reasonably efficient sash windows. The people who owned this place before us installed uPVC stuff. When it cracks up, which will probably be sooner rather than later, we would like to reinstall wooden sash windows because they're what's actually appropriate for the house.


Get hold of a copy of Homebuilding and Renovating they have various adds in there for wood, 2x glazed sashes.

Here's a couple googled

http://www.boxsash.com/index_go.html
http://www.thetraditionalwindowcompany.com/mainmenu.html

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ta, it's not going to happen for a while, as like most people we've already earmarked more money for projects than we actually have. Plus I figure we should get the use out of the uPVC jobbies since the damage has already been done.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I restored the sashes at the front of the house (nice arched tops) but the ones at the back were too far gone to save. As cash was tight I replaced with uPVC in the same proportions but didn't bother with the immitation glazing bars. It was my intention to get proper modern wooden sashes in when we could afford it but people around here tend to see uPVC double glazing as a plus.

Blue Peter



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think that people generally do e.g. it's a prominent feature of estate agents' details. People have proudly told me how they've replaced their wooden windows with uPVC - I haven't had the heart to tell them what a nasty chemical they're brining into their house (plus all its manufactureproblems),


Peter.

sean
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blue Peter wrote:
I think that people generally do e.g. it's a prominent feature of estate agents' details. People have proudly told me how they've replaced their wooden windows with uPVC - I haven't had the heart to tell them what a nasty chemical they're brining into their house (plus all its manufactureproblems),


Peter.


They do that round here, we replaced a window last year and it took ages to convince the builder that we actually wanted a wooden frame.
As someone pointed out: A 10 year guarantee on uPVC sound good, but how long have the windows which are being replaced lasted?

Gervase



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 05 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a local joiner (well, local to us in Cardigan) who made up a full suite of wooden box sashes for the house to replace the hideous aluminium jobs that were in situ - all double-glazed with Pilkington K glass and supplied complete with weights and brass furniture. And all for half the price I was quoted in the South East. The quality is excellent, and I'd whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone in mid and west Wales

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