Should You Get Your Metal Windows Restored Or Replaced?

January 1, 2024
Leaded metal window frames.

When it comes to vintage metal window frames,building owners often find themselves at a crossroads: should they opt for metal window repair, restoration, or complete replacement? After all, the decision isn’t just down to the aesthetics. You need to consider historical significance, energy efficiency, durability, and general maintenance further down the road. Let’s take a look at these factors to help you make an informed decision.

Assessing the Severity of Damage

The first step is to evaluate the extent of damage to your metal window frames. Minor issues, such as surface rust or peeling paint, can often be resolved with a basic metal window refurbishment. However, significant structural damage might necessitate a complete replacement.

It’s essential to accurately assess the condition of your windows to determine the best course of action, so don’t be afraid to ask for a professional opinion. If you’re unsure, get in touch with our metal window frame specialists here at Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists.

Historical Significance and Value

Vintage metal windows often add character and historical value to a property. Metal window restoration can preserve these unique features and maintain the building’s original charm. In contrast, replacing old windows with new ones might detract from the historical authenticity of the property, especially if it’s in a heritage-listed area.

Improving Energy Efficiency

One of the critical decisions in this decision-making process is energy efficiency. Older metal window frames may not be as energy efficient as modern alternatives. Restoring these windows with proper insulation and weatherproofing can improve efficiency to an extent, but replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient panes might be the more practical choice.

Cost Implications

Of course, budget constraints can play a large role in deciding whether to repair, restore, or replace metal windows. Metal window repair or refurbishment can be more cost-effective in the short term, but if the windows are in poor condition, ongoing maintenance costs can add up. On the other hand, while replacement may have a higher upfront cost, it could be more economical in the long run due to lower maintenance needs and potential energy savings.

Durability and Maintenance

Consider the long-term durability and maintenance requirements of your windows. Restored metal windows, if well-maintained, can last for many years. However, newer metal window frames are often made with advanced materials and designs that offer greater durability and require less maintenance.

Specialist Metal Window Frame Services from Sherriff

At Sherriff Stained Glass Specialists, we have years of experience in both restoring and replacing original metal window frames. We pride ourselves on being able to retain a building’s authentic, vintage charm, whether working on medieval wrought iron or the more common steel-section window frames often found in listed buildings today. If you’re unsure whether your own metal window frames need repairing, restoring, or replacing, why not get in touch today?

To find out more about all our specialist window services,contact us on 01202 882208 or send an email to You can also find our other helpful news and guides on our website!

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