Re: Re: Irish say no to PVC windows
I’ve seen those inner glazing windows behind sashes you refer to MrX here and there in Dublin too â€“ The Irish Times have them in their Georgian buildings on Dâ€™Olier Street. Needless to say, this is what should have been promoted and used on a large scale in Ireland years ago if people wanted the ‘airlock’ insulation effect, before the horrific PVC replacement blitz began.
Perhaps PVC does have its place â€“ though its manufacture is an intensive chemical (and thus environmentally unfriendly) process.
Well spotted on the removed chimney stack on â€˜The Wood Shopâ€™ (above right), Graham – hadnâ€™t noticed that myself. Chimneys are so important for punctuating roofscapes and giving visual demarcation between individual buildings â€“ they should be maintained even if disused. Shame on New Ross Town Council for letting such unsympathetic alterations be carried out to these quayfront buildings, which are the â€˜faceâ€™ of the town.
Interestingly, before it was PVCâ€™d, the T. Bradley building (above left) had original sashes on the first floor and later, larger-paned sashes on the top floor.
New Ross has one of the highest survival rates of traditional shopfronts in any town in Ireland â€“ there must be upwards of 50 in basically intact condition in the central streets of the town. The Wood Shop front is a beautiful fluted, Ionic-columned design – but looks pretty poor now that itâ€™s been sanitised by the building next door. The curtain in the window display when a shop ceases to trade is a charming country town feature – but it’s seen less and less now.
Also, the old timber-boarded vehicle underpass doors in the earlier pictures of this building have been replaced by a sheet metal gate by â€˜04 – not exactly traditional :rolleyes: . Ok, this is a minor enough change, but the loss of historic sash windows is grievous.
(Did my best to crop the PVC out of this picture 🙂 )
Anyway, enough about New Ross. It’s happening all over the country all the time. This is an old pub in Portarlington in 2003 (top) and 2004 (above). A recent change of ownership meant the removal of the nice â€˜P. Finlayâ€™ lettering across the top – which harmonised with the pubfront and 1st floor window architrave detailing – and, more seriously, the replacement of the painted sash windows with open-out stained timber windows – almost just as visually damaging as PVC (sounds like the same situation as the Step Inn in Stepaside, mentioned earlier in the thread).