18-20 October 2024
International Convention Centre Sydney

Don’t forget the windows in your renovation plans

10 questions you should ask when engaging in a building designer

Windows are an integral part of the design of older buildings but are often overlooked or mistreated when renovation plans are made.

Complete replacement of old windows with new joinery or PVC windows is an expensive alternative to replacing and upgrading existing wooden windows.

The fact is that even the most tired looking old timber windows can be renovated to full working order and upgraded to include draught seals and high performance glass. This is a much more sympathetic approach to our built heritage.

As the numbers of specialist craftsmen diminish, we’re told to look for newer, mass-produced alternatives, but there are companies who will take the time to repair original timber structures. Original timber windows are most often made of much higher quality wood than is available today, so retaining existing windows and adding draught sealing allows for much better performance than newer replacements.

Home renovators often look to double glazing as the solution to their heating and cooling problems, but draught proofing is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things you can do to increase comfort and reduce energy costs in your home. Reports show that anything from 25% to 40% of heat loss in the home – particularly older homes – can be attributed to draughts.

So when you’re renovating think hard about renovating your windows, too.