Well-maintained timber will last a lifetime and may never need to be replaced. However, if your sash windows are looking a bit tired or worn down, it might be a good idea to repair them sooner rather than later.
It is important to regularly inspect timber windows for the signs of deterioration. Research has shown that old windows can be very inefficient. With rising fuel bills, inefficient homes are a problem for many people.
Many owners of period properties often fear that are going to have to replace old and tired looking period sash windows. This is especially true for single glazed sash windows, as they just can’t compete on an efficiency level with modern double glazed windows.
However, the good news is that it doesn’t take much to improve the efficiency of your windows. Before you do anything rash with your sash, you should know that there is plenty you can do to both improve efficiency and maintain original sash windows.
Period windows are vital to maintaining the integrity of a period property, both in terms of historical and financial value. What’s more, repairing rather than replacing is more environmentally friendly, and the timber used in old windows is usually of better quality.
Examine all the window hardware, such as the locks and latches, to ensure they are working and not a weak point. Oil the hinges and treat any moving parts.
Some of the key things you need to look out for are water penetration, caused by cracking of the wood, and rotting timber. These two problems often go hand in hand, and any rotten wood needs to be thoroughly dug out and filled before the repair can be completed. It may be a good idea to call a sash window specialist to check your windows and see what can be done.
Often, the first signs of any damage are cracks or flaking in the finish or paintwork. Very often if you address the problem at this stage you can prevent any further damage. Small repairs, done little and often, are the key to keeping your windows in good shape.
Making the choice to draught proof sash windows could help to keep your home warm and cosy throughout the year, as well as minimising energy wastage. If you live in a period property this may be particularly important step in making your original sash windows energy efficient, while maintaining their character.