HOBART-based wooden window restoration company Sealasash has been “conserving heritage one window at a time” for the past seven years, providing Tasmanians with cost-effective, sustainable and comfortable wooden windows.
Sealasash began in 2011 as the brain-child of founders John Brennan and Colm O’Shiel who used a $14 tip shop window at a sustainability expo at Princes Wharf to demonstrate the trade of conserving heritage.
Since these humble beginnings in a garden shed in West Hobart, Sealasash has attracted national interest and now operates out of Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
Mr Brennan said the purpose of the company was “to ensure the customer was enjoying sustainable comfort with old wooden windows.”
To date, Sealasash has restored and draught sealed more than 13,000 old wooden windows around Australia, including modest homes, world heritage listed buildings, and blocks of apartments and commercial buildings.
However, Mr Brennan said their work in heritage conservation was especially important in Hobart as it defined the city.
“Hobart has the largest concentration of old buildings, particularly Georgian buildings, in the country and it’s an asset which we’re not necessarily looking after when it comes to the windows,” he said.
“Original wooden windows are either being ripped out and replaced with new wood, plastic and aluminium, which are not in keeping or painted and then they rot.
“What we are doing with the windows – repairing, draught sealing and reglazing – allows older buildings to be more comfortable without destroying the heritage value.”
Mr Brennan said Sealasash provided a number of benefits to customers and the local community.
“We’re reducing energy, so that’s good for the community – it’s saving them money, making them comfortable, saving resources and reducing waste to landfill,” he said.
Mr Brennan said repairing the original old wooden windows of a building would help retain the property value for customers, as the original window would keep the character intact.
“We can help protect building investment by saving old windows and improving thermal performance,” he said.
“The quality of wood in old windows is irreplaceable because it does not exist anymore, and it simply cannot be replaced by modern wood or alternatives – we’re part of the repair economy that is bringing old skills back to repair things.
“In this sense, it provides double the benefits for customers – they get to keep original windows that are more comfortable, but they also know they’re doing something to help the environment.”
Employing 22 people around the country, Sealasash have taken on a number of people who have gone on to become success stories.
“We’ve been able to resurrect dying skills to upgrade and protect our older buildings and involve younger people to create new jobs and give them worthwhile employment – the passing on of the skill will ensure that buildings will be protected into the future,” Mr Brennan said.
For more information, visit www.sealasash.com.au or the Facebook page.
Caption: Sealasash Tasmanian operations supervisor Brady Cordwell is a specialist carpenter for wooden windows, including heritage windows.