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  • Regal Standards At The Goring Hotel, Belgravia SW1W

    Wandsworth Sash Windows (WSW) manufacture and install bespoke windows , doors, shutters, and all types of joinery. They also take on major building works and complete all the required construction from start to finish. As a South London sash window company, WSW regularly work across London, the home counties and the south of England. WSW hand make their own products to ensure they are of the very highest quality, and to achieve a perfect fit.

    When WSW London were called on to replace 25 sash windows at the luxury 5-star Goring Hotel in Belgravia, it was clear from the off that only quality craftmanship and a top-class work ethic would be good enough to achieve the required results.  After all, The Goring is particularly well known for famously hosting The Duchess of Cambridge and her family the night before her Royal wedding back in 2011.

    Most of the windows required a complex 6 over 6 design which Wandsworth's team of expert crafters were easily able to hand produce in their East Sussex workshop.  WSW were approached to supply timber staff and parting beads, ironmongery and weights for this installation.  Due to the exacting standards of the client WSW were confident that they could deliver the products as needed.  Mighton are regular suppliers to WSW and are always able to source and supply what is needed quickly to help keep their jobs on track.  Working in a busy hotel where disruption needed to be kept to an absolute minimum brought with it a few challenges:

    - Works had to keep to the schedule organised with the managerial staff and main contractor

    - Work was required to stop when hotel guests walked past

    - The service lift was used to move materials

    - At the end of every day the working area needed to be tidied to ensure nothing was left behind overnight

    These challenges meant it was important for WSW to recoup precious time by using suppliers they trust to deliver quality products and deliver them quickly and efficiently to ensure the work is completed within the timescale required by The Goring. Goods were supplied quickly, efficiently and as ordered. The high quality of Mighton hardware is known throughout the industry and meant that Mighton was the only choice or partner that WSW would consider.  Mighton were proud to be part of such a successful project.

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  • Don't Spoil the Ship

    ….for a ha’porth of tar. This old adage about ruining a good product by being cheap with key components has never been more appropriate than with the new generation of timber windows, says Mighton’s Mike Derham.

    Anyone wandering around this year’s FIT Show could not help but notice the small, but significant presence of timber windows and in all frame styles, confirming their steady return to the home improvement sector.

    Under the unifying battle cry of ‘why install windows manufactured to look like wood, when you can have the real thing?’, the joinery industry believes that the self-inflicted demons that allowed the PVC-U replacement window sector to boom 40 years ago, are now firmly behind it, achieved through advances in timber preservation and joinery production technology.

     

    As well as quality, a number of other factors are in favour of a return of good quality, timber frames: time, in that many have simply forgotten the often appalling quality softwood frames that were once installed in new homes; and another is, ironically, that PVC-U and aluminium replacement windows and doors have now gone upmarket to meet the price points of timber, especially for those categorised as ‘Heritage’ styled frames. Thus, windows produced in all three framing materials may be presented to homeowners as options, with many who would choose timber if they could be assured of comparative performance.

    Quality is the key to the continued resurgence of timber frames as replacements: but installers buying frames in to offer to their increasingly well-educated and infirmed homeowner customers, should consider not just the manufacturer’s information about the frames, but to also look closely at the quality of the hardware.

    It is our experience from supplying the quality joinery industry with high quality fixings and hardware for 30 years, that despite the passion that often goes into the manufacture of traditional box sash frames, that some producers can be extraordinarily stingy when it comes to the key operating components of their product. The frames may last for years, but because they skimped on the hardware, failures – and consequent call-backs – occur.

    My worry is that with this renaissance of timber frames in the home improvement sector, the pressures of competition will lead producers to cut corners with the hardware, something that will be a huge mistake for products that are making such an impressive come back. Homeowners considering timber windows against alternatives in PVC-U and aluminium, will be doing so because they believe that they are buying and paying for the very best. Their decision will be based on the aesthetics of the timber but also in the overall product, which includes the visible fittings. It will also be based very much on the way the window operates, and whilst cheap hardware may stand the test when installed new in a showroom, any diminishment of performance will be become quickly noticeable when installed, by people that have paid for and expect the very best.

    A surprising number of manufacturers undermine their products – and potentially your reputation - by shortening the viable service life of their products with the installation of cheap hardware. This goes against every instinct that I have as a former manufacturer of timber box sash windows and surely, it makes no sense at all. Installers may make the assumption that as they are selling windows from an otherwise reputable manufacturer, then high quality hardware will, surely, be a given. Sadly that is not the case and the purpose of this editorial is to urge installers to be clear on the quality of the hardware installed. For it is your reputation that is at stake here and you that will pay for the call-backs when the hardware fails.

    Close attention to these details will save you a great deal of money; and ensure your reputation remains intact.

     

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