There is also the option for a full refurbishment where all the windows and doors will be removed, taken to a factory environment for shot blasting, potentially galvanised, powder coating, servicing and the reinstallation and reglazing. There is also the possibility, especially in heritage situations, of maintaining the original aesthetic of the original window by hand painting and reglazing.
We would strongly recommend the paint removal is undertaken by a professional, such as a SWA member, as there is potential for the paint to contain lead pigments which need to be treated as a hazardous material.
With the later type of refurbishment, you can often get an upgrade in usability and security as well as both thermal and acoustic performance, through glazing and sealant enhancements. And of course, the windows will be significantly more aesthetically pleasing.
For owners of buildings or houses within listed or conservation areas, or those who would like to preserve the history of their own property, refurbishment is an invaluable and satisfying option. With this level of refurbishment, the SWA offers the ability to recycle, reuse and renew. In a world where we care more and more about genuine sustainability, there is no better way to help protect the world we live in – as it is now for our children.