Fabco Sanctuary Ltd is a leading specialist for the restoration of metal windows of all types and periods including cast iron, wrought iron, steel and bronze, in formats such as lattice, flat iron, hopper and even more modern crittal. Windows may date back as far as the 15th or 16th Century but the majority of windows date from the 19th or 20th Century.
When restoration is carried out correctly the lifespan of the metal window is greatly extended and where possible subject to consent, the windows can be adapted to meet more modern day expectations whilst maintaining the authenticity and originality of the window, often this is the only option available to owners of listed buildings.
At Fabco Sanctuary Ltd we undertake the full complete restoration service well as offering a full replica manufacturing service.
Repair or restore?
Limited improvement to windows can be achieved leaving the windows in place and carrying out local repairs but this should be limited to either re-glazing or replacement of handles etc, any other repair can only be considered short term or temporary.
Several window companies do offer a ‘refurbishment’ service that undertake works to the window whilst it remains in the building, this is fine for a localised repair and is more economic but it is not possible to correctly restore a window or enhance the window properly without removing it back to the factory. (Whilst these works are undertaken the building is fully glazed so that there is minimal disturbance to the client).
What are our aims when restoring a window?
Whilst there may be slight restrictions and changes to our process for windows of particular historic importance the following is a list of the general process that is followed but tailored to suit individual requirements.
Type of Glazing
We can offer all types of glazing including leaded lights and real stained glass.
In general if the glass is historic then we will reuse the existing glass if it is not then the glass is replaced to match the original unless specified otherwise. Some existing windows can take double glazed units but that is dependent on the format of the window.
Why not new windows?
Sometimes new windows are not an option because of listed building consent or conservation area restrictions.
Sometimes new windows of a similar format are acceptable on listed buildings, our attitude to this is that new windows are fine as long they are sympathetic to age and character of the building but even slight changes such as modern hinges or window sections can instantly change the appearance of a building and the windows then look very wrong.
Why use Fabco Sanctuary Ltd?
Our company specialises as a conservation and restoration company combined with manufacturing new period windows, having recently completed the restoration of 11,500 windows at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham and also the restoration as well as provision of new windows to Walpole’s Villa Strawberry Hill. Our clients include English Heritage, The National Trust, Historic Scotland, Church of Ireland, Historic Royal Palaces, Architects, Building Restoration Companies and Private Individuals.
The Steel Window Company is a Trading style of Fabco Sanctuary Limited.
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