No one can deny that plastic windows in London are on the increase, they are showing up in place of the original antique wooden sash kind last century, do indeed, have a negative effect on the physical beauty of landmark homes. The situation is sad, it’s true, but at least some of the blame can be placed on an unstable economy’s effect on the wallet.
As in many other situations these days, the economy has its hand deep in this one, causing those who normally wouldn’t choose value over quality to do so in this case. But in this summary, there are also some affordable suggestions offered that may possibly help some people in keeping their antique wooden sash windows where they belong, while still allowing them to remain within their budgets:
Although it definitely helped their sales, double glazing manufacturing companies aren’t lying when they tell consumers that the new plastic product is much cheaper to install and replace when needed, especially when compared to the only other option, which is spending through the nose to fix the original antique wooden ones.
Conservationists have tried to remind consumers that it’s less of a cost – in the long run – to have the antique windows repaired because the lesser-quality plastic ones need to be replaced more often – which adds up to significant cash going out. However, many homeowners choose to opt for them anyway because of the affordability, and throw caution to the wind on future replacements.
Furthermore, environmentalists have jumped on board, claiming that the new double glazed windows help keep the heat in the house during the cold winter months, therefore preventing the escape and release of carbon emissions into the air – which adds even more pollution to the environment.
So from their end, historical landmark groups are suggesting some alternatives that are less expensive, and act just like double glazing in retaining what needs to be retained, and allow the owner to keep their wooden sash windows at the same time. The first suggestion is the use of draught stripping on the window frames to make a seal against air seepage. For those who will inevitably complain about the prices still being too high, there are also extremely cheap sealants like rubber and silicone that work quite well.
Putting shutters over the windows, or even draping them with heavy curtains, works quite well as long as the owner remembers to keep the windows shut. And for those who insist on it, there’s even a secondary glazing that is cost-effective, has the same benefits of the double glazing, and also works in harmony with the antique wooden frames.
So there are some of the arguments for – and against – the plague of plastic windows in London these days. Although it’s easy to see the story does, indeed, have two sides – both are sure to agree that one common solution needs to be found that allows for continued use of those fine old windows, AND affordable protection to both the home, and the outside environment.