Tuesday 28 June 2016

Repair or replace: the great sash window debate

Are your windows looking a little worse for wear? After years of loyal service, are they now in need of a bit of TLC? If so, then you need to think about how you’re going to repair or replace them.

Windows on different elevations of your house may need different work doing. Windows located on the south and west generally deteriorate faster than those on the north and east sides. However, if you’re replacing some it might be a good idea to do them all at the same time.

Should I replace my wooden windows?

It’s important to check your timber windows thoroughly. They might look fine on the outside, but layers of newer paint can often mask rotten interiors. Conversely, flaky paint might create the impression that windows are in a bad state but underneath the wood may be in solid condition and not require any serious restoration.

You also need to assess whether they are working properly or not. Windows that don’t open or shut correctly can lead to more extensive problems. They can also contribute to heat loss and increased energy bills. Windows that are painted shut might look more secure but they are also more prone to rotting than those that open correctly.

Check for rot in the lower corners of the windows, where it most commonly occurs. If you have cables running through your window frames, these are risk areas too. Look for tell-tale signs of rot on both the inside and outside of the windows, such as watermarks. Cracked brickwork around the corners of windows is another sign that rot may be occurring.

Can Old Wood Windows be Restored?

Depending on the condition of the windows, old wooden windows can often be restored rather than requiring full replacement.

By using a specialist to repair wooden sash windows windows can often be restored to almost as good as new. Draught proofing, re-fitting sills, runners and cords is all relatively straight forward for a professional, but not so easy if you don’t know what you’re doing. Repairs may cost a bit but a good job should last for years.

One of the most basic sash window repairs that you can do is to sand, treat, prime and paint. A coat of serious outdoor gloss will prevent too much damage from water and the elements outside. This kind of preventative repair is effective and if done regularly could save you a lot of money in the long-term.

Replacing Sash Windows and Installing Double Glazing

If the windows are in really poor condition and beyond the point of repair, or if you want to upgrade to a double glazed sash, contact a sash window specialist.

The golden rule when it comes to replacing windows is not to look for short term solutions. You might think you are saving money by going for cheaper windows but in the long run you will definitely lose out.

With double glazed sash windows, you can also save on your heating bills, reduce heat loss and emissions and feel more comfortable at home.

If you are unsure whether your timber windows require replacement or repair, contact us on: 01344 868 668 for a free quotation. Our experts will be able to suggest the appropriate service to meet your requirements.