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How do you get the most from your woodworking professional?When it comes to getting what you want from your project, communication is vital. “I think there should be a special relationship between the customer and the craftsman, so the company understands exactly what the client needs and what their design wishes are,” Florent says. “Some customers might have a fairly good idea of what they want, while others will need a bit more guidance.“Ian explains his process: “I ask first what style they’re after. If they send over images of what they like, we can get a better idea and this makes our life much easier. “
Tackle loose-fitting windowsThe best way to check for draughts from your windows is to hold a lit candle close to the frame and see where it flickers.You can cut down on draughts by using a window frame sealant. Foam seal tapes are a cheap option and easy to install, as they’re self-adhesive. They won’t work well with sliding sash windows, though. Alternatively, look at a silicone-based sealant, which is fully waterproof and can bond to almost anything. Brush strips will cost a bit more, but they should last longer.
Spruce up sashes Refurbishment of original sash windows can significantly reduce heat loss – even when sticking with single glazing. By taking apart the sash, stripping it back, re-weighting it and fitting brush strips between the box and the frame, your windows will gain a new lease of life. Sashes will no longer rattle or stick, making the whole window feel a lot more substantial.