Beware of “Patch & Paint”

Beware of “Patch & Paint”

Recently we assessed the windows at a walk up strata building in Bondi and we were surprised at what we found lurking below the paint! It seems that a standard way to repair older wooden windows, whether they be in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart or Perth, is to patch over...

Simple solutions work!

Simple solutions work!

Old wooden windows and doors can be made to function to deliver more comfort. There is no need to throw them away or get tied up in using fancy glass. It’s easy to over complicate solutions to problems with old wooden windows. A prime example of this is when we...

Will new aluminium windows solve your problems?

Will new aluminium windows solve your problems?

You might assume with the advances in technology and materials that window products would be superior or at least as good as old quality windows. But this may not be the case. In reality "modern" does not necessarily mean that something is quality built, uses quality...

The hidden problems with retrofit double-glazing

The hidden problems with retrofit double-glazing

Would you start reading a novel or an instruction manual from the middle? Of course you wouldn’t! You would start at the beginning so that you could make sense of what you were reading. The most common question Sealasash receives up front is “Do you do double...

The lost art of natural ventilation

The lost art of natural ventilation

Natural ventilation is healthy for you and for the building you occupy. In our quest to make old and new buildings thermally efficient and more comfortable could it be possible we are making them too air tight? The United States Environmental Protection Agency...

Old windows better than new double-glazed?

Old windows better than new double-glazed?

Recently we had the following feedback from a customer who had their windows “Sealasashed" Whilst the cost to refurbish the windows was not insignificant, the alternative of pulling out the brickwork to replace them and then patch & paint, would've dwarfed the...

Preserving heritage glass while repairing old windows

Preserving heritage glass while repairing old windows

It's common to have beautiful decorative glass in old windows - especially in stairwells of high quality Victorian homes.  The trouble is, the glass in these windows is so valuable, and so fragile, that most people are afraid to even attempt a repair. A single pane...

How to buy a new window (from people who aren’t selling you one)

How to buy a new window (from people who aren’t selling you one)

As people who repair and upgrade old wooden windows, we love taking clapped out old windows and bringing them back to their full glory. Most people are surprised that it usually isn't necessary to replace them. But we also know that there are times when you need to...

When old is better than new

When old is better than new

Lack of compliance for new build strata has been in the headlines recently, with the evacuation of the Opal and Mascot buildings in NSW and fires in multi-storey buildings in Melbourne attributed to structural and build defects. Deakin & Griffith University...

Trashing Australia’s heritage with aluminium windows

Trashing Australia’s heritage with aluminium windows

Why do people think that timber windows don't last? Just look at these beautiful old windows. They have stood up to all kinds of weather for more than a century.With premium old growth forest timber, quality construction, a design that is completely repairable and...

How to control ‘crying windows’

How to control ‘crying windows’

We are often asked how to stop or reduce condensation forming on the inside of windows. Often referred to as ‘crying windows’, condensation forms when warm moist air collects on a cold surface e.g. glass. Apart from moisture accumulating on the inside of...

Top tips for strata title window repair projects

Top tips for strata title window repair projects

These windows in Manly, NSW, are an important part of the appearance of this beautiful apartment building.Many beautiful old apartment buildings, especially those built before the 1970s, have original windows that are now due for repair and refurbishment. People who...

How to clean low-e glass (and actually succeed)

How to clean low-e glass (and actually succeed)

I love this old Gary Larson cartoon. I have it on a mug, which I keep in my bedroom. It's not for drinking from - I keep it as a reminder of an important life lesson: No matter how smart we are, things can appear impossible if we are doing things that just don't work....

How (not) to soundproof your windows at night

How (not) to soundproof your windows at night

How would you feel if you spent tens of thousands of dollars on retrofit double-glazing and got almost no benefit? That's exactly what happened to one of our customers recently. Like most people, they had assumed that by buying double-glazing, they were buying quieter...

Window Transformations for Sydney Apartments and Homes

Window Transformations for Sydney Apartments and Homes

If you live in an apartment building with wooden windows, you've probably heard someone say... “My windows don’t work” “My windows rattle in the wind” “My windows are draughty and let dust in” “There’s too much noise from the road and neighbours in my...

The hidden sins of retrofit double-glazing

The hidden sins of retrofit double-glazing

Every day someone asks us about fitting thicker glass or double-glazed units into their old windows. There are plenty of companies out there who will sell you the glass you want. But many of them don't know how your windows work, and end up breaking them in the...

Fixing wood rot in a timber window

Fixing wood rot in a timber window

  Over the years Sealasash has repaired and replaced countless window sills, joints, rails and stiles. We know that wooden windows, some over 100 years old, will require some repairs, even if these are not obvious to the trained eye. It makes sense that we take...

Sealasash restores historic windows on Manly beachfront apartments

Sealasash restores historic windows on Manly beachfront apartments

Sealasash has been featured in Strata Community Australia's news for our window restoration work at Borambil - an imposing block of apartments standing prominently over Manly beach. Windows are being repaired, painted, draught sealed and reglazed as part...

Affordable and safe window repairs for historic Melbourne landmark

Affordable and safe window repairs for historic Melbourne landmark

This week, Sealasash is working to restore, reglaze, draught seal, and paint the historic windows at the Mantra City Central Hotel, Melbourne. Built in 1890 for £19,000, this building was originally the Money Order Post Office and Savings Bank. It was...