Last week we shared our new guest bedroom window with you. We’ll we’ve been a bit sneaky – we had our bedroom windows replaced, too!
Whilst the old windows generally didn’t look too bad on the photos, they were in pretty bad shape.
When we bought the house, we already knew that they would eventually need replacing, but like a lot of things, we didn’t have the budget to replace all of the windows straight away.
One of the first things we did when moving into our home, was to give everywhere a good clean. The windows in particular, looked like they’d never been cleaned or even opened for that matter, as the dirt on some of them was so thick, that it had almost glued the opening part to the rest of frame.
After a lot of scrubbing and cleaning, they actually didn’t look too bad, but we always knew it would just be a temporary solution. The main reason for going ahead with the project now, is that the double glazing units have recently started to mist up.
There is so much moisture in the double glazing that it actually looks like it’s raining outside!
Not only does this mean that they are all cloudy, it also means that the insulating properties of the double glazing are pretty much none existent.
We also assume that the window frame in our bedroom wasn’t watertight anymore either, as there was a bit of mould developing around the frame. Needless to say, mould in the bedroom is really not something that is a good idea.
As with the guest bedroom window, we initially had the window installed with temporary window boards in place of the stained glass.
The reason the stained glass took such a long time to make is because we chose proper stained glass panels, like they would have been originally been, except for the fact, that the stained glass is sandwiched between the double glazing.
For us it’s the best of both worlds. There would have been other (much cheaper) options available, but we didn’t like any of the fake ones. The stained glass tulip design is the design that the window would have had originally.
In an ideal world we would have of course gone for timber frames, but with the usual budget restraints we had to cut back somewhere.
Having had the windows in for about a week now, we’re really surprised at how much quieter it is in our bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, it really wasn’t loud before, but the new window just seems to cut out every bit of noise.
As in with our guest bedroom window, we obviously still need to add a window sill and architrave, but for now we’re really happy that we finally have a window that is airtight, not leaking and – best of all – has some beautiful stained glass.
Do you believe in reinstating original period features like stained glass? Have you recently had a new window fitted and found your room to be much quieter, too?