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    Repairing Window Frames

    A frame made of softwood requires repair. The joiner wants to use hardwood, obviously more costly. Would this constitute improvement rather than repair ? Our lease is repair and maintenance.

    I don't think that it can be considered an improvement as long as it is a repair. You may need to justify the additional cost if it is challenged.


      The reason given is that it lasts longer. However the rest still softwood. Not sure that it can be justified. What does anyone else think.


        If allowed by the MA , the MA to replace all the wooden windows to plastic ones with double glazing. It saves external repainting every 4-5 years.


          'Improvements' can be permitted, even if the lease doesn't allow for improvements, as long as they are in place of necessary repairs and can be justified by long term savings.

          I'm not sure how much sense replacing part of a softwood frame with hardwood makes though.


            What is the difference in cost?


              The average cost of double glazing is between £400 and £600 per window. So generally, it will cost around £2,000 to install 4 double glazed windows in a flat, and between £4,800 and £7,200 for your standard UK home.

              Double Glazing Costs 2019: Compare Double Glazed Windows Prices


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