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Great thread – really informative.

I’ve just bought a property with sash windows which are in pretty poor shape. (2 over 2, with a slightly arched top.) I’d like to get them restored/conserved as well as possible. At the same time, they obviously need to be burglar proof, and ideally as energy-efficient as possible (at the moment, most of them are stuck open, and held together with masking tape!), while fitting in with conservation practice.

Would it be the consensus that double glazing just can’t be done well enough (narrow enough gap) to be suitable for old sash windows?
What about the Ventrolla system?
Or are there any other suitable techniques to be considered?

Also, can anyone recommend a joiner to do the restoration? I’ve looked up the building skills register on the Irish Georgian Society’s website, and there are several joiners listed for Dublin (below). Has anyone worked with any of them or can you recommend one?

Thanks for all advice.

Mr. John Bolger *
W. & J. BOLGER (Conservation) Ltd.
18 Ardee Street Dublin 8. 01 4530377. Fax 01 4540005.

Mr. Jonathan Guy Breen
J.G.B. Carpentry
20 Avoca Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. 01 2875858. 086 8697433.

Mr. Declan Connaughton
Confor Joinery
rere 5 Williams Park Rathmines Dublin 6. 01 4964396. 088 2739196. Fax 01 4967286

Mr. Eric Conroy*
The Wooden Window Company
142, Alpine Heights Clondalkin Dublin 24. 01 4570656/8728622. 087 440229

Mr. Karl Crowe*
Advance Joinery Services Ltd.
8A Henrietta Lane Dublin 1. 01 8722026. Fax 01 8722110.

Mr. Ruary Kavanagh
Kavanagh Carpentry/Joinery
16, Dargle Valley Marley Grange Rathfarnham Dublin 16. 01 – 4935 140

Mr. Philip Kennedy*
Unit 4., K.C.R. Industrial Estate, Ravensdale park Kimmage Dublin 12. 087 6816900.

Mr. Paul King*
142, Alpine Heights Clondalkin Dublin 22. 01 4570656

Mr. Paul Lawrence*
No. 2 May Cottages, (off Nelson Street), Dublin 7. 087 2458303.

Mr. John Malone
911 Sarto Lawn, Sutton Co. Dublin. 085 7291939

Mr. Joe McNally*
Joe McNally Joinery Ltd.
Walshestown Lusk Co. Dublin. 01 8433022/259. Fax 01 8433367.

Mr. Joseph Moore
The Original Box Sash Window Company
139 Mount Merrion Avenue Blackrock Co. Dublin. 01 2888670. Fax 01 2836943.

Mr. Dermot O’Rourke*
D.B.O.R. Ltd.
Unit 38a Baldoyle Industrial Estate Baldoyle Dublin 13. 01 8393274. Fax 01 8323466

Mr. Kevin Smith*
7 Manor Road Palmerstown Dublin 20. 01 6260538. Fax 01 6260538. 087 2431888

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