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  Renovating your old sash windows    

If you are fortunate enough to have traditional wooden sash windows in your home it is well worth the time and effort looking after them. Traditional wooden sash windows are a valuable period feature that enhance the appeal of your property.

Some windows could be as old as the house and likely in need of some TLC to bring them back to their former glory. But remember restoring and repairing is by far the most cost effective option when compared with replacement. Old windows have usually been made from a much superior quality timber compared to a modern softwood alternative. Wood, by it's nature, is much easier to repair than, say, modern aluminium or plastic.

There are various projects to think about, and of course you will need to decide whether to do the work yourself or get
the experts like Repair 'a' Sash to carry out the repairs to your old sash windows.

Old sash windows can be a bit of a pain to use if they are not working properly. Below is a checklist of some things to think about.

1 Repairing rotten parts

Wooden windows are often neglected especially on the outside. The paint protects the wood but if it's not kept in good condition it will start to deteriorate and flake. Rain water will get in causing more damage and eventually cause the timber to rot. The window putty may crack and fall out in places. You will need to remove all the flaking paint then repair any damage before repainting with a suitable exterior paint.

2 Draught proofing

Research suggests that some 20% of heat is lost in older homes from the windows. By carrying out some draughtproofing you will reduce heat loss and save money on your bills, reduce outside noise, reduce ingress of dust, and stop loose windows rattling.

3 Unsticking sash windows.

Sticking sash windows are a common problem and are usually caused by excessive paint build up. You will need to free up the window then remove excess paint.

4 Replacing sash cords

Sash windows are counter balanced with hidden metal weights. These attach to the wooden frame with rope sash cords running up through a pulley. Old cords will eventually snap. This means the windows will be difficult to open and won't stay where you want them to. Replacing the sash cords is fairly straightforward and well worth the effort.