When we carry out our FREE surveys for potential customers, we find that there are lots of misconceptions swirling around about sash windows. We thought we’d write this blog post to clear up some of the confusion, so that you can make an informed decision about repairing or installing new timber sash windows in York.
Maintaining Sash Windows
Possibly the most common misconception we come across is that sash windows require lots of attention and maintenance to keep them looking their best. In reality, caring for your timber sash windows should not be that time consuming or difficult. Of course, some windows will need more maintenance than others, though this is mostly dependent on the type of wood used and the window’s location. Sash windows which are particularly exposed are more likely to need more maintenance, as are those made from cheap wood.
To carry out proper maintenance, timber sash windows should be checked regularly for signs of damage and rot. You should also ensure the sashes operate smoothly and that they are not draughty. Should you discover any issues, it’s usually best to contact a professional joiner who has many years experience repairing and restoring sash windows, such as a member of the team at yoursashwindows.com.
Remember that timber sash windows will not deteriorate at the same rate and the level of wear is dependent on their location, so as soon as you discover a problem, you should act – don’t wait for more issues to develop in other windows.
To keep your windows looking as good as the day they were installed, you should aim to paint them every four or five years. To keep the windows operating smoothly, you may need to occasionally lubricate the moving parts with a very light coating of oil. And that’s about it – that’s how simple it is to maintain timber sash windows!
Energy Efficiency of Sash Windows
Another common misconception is that sash windows aren’t energy efficient. However, by combining modern technology with traditional design and elegance, our sash window double glazing service allows us to ensure that they are. When we double glaze your windows, we will also install a draught proofing system to further improve energy efficiency. By carrying out our restoration service, we can prevent draughts and rattling windows, meaning you’ll have a warmer home and won’t need to spend as much on heating bills. And we can even double glaze in conservation areas!
Beating Sash Window Rot
As long as you maintain your windows as per the advice of your window installer, your timber sash windows should last for many years. Many original timber sash windows are still in excellent condition more than a century after they were first fitted. We hope that once we have carried out our restoration work, they’ll last another 100 years! The likelihood of rot is to some extent also dependent on the type of wood used; we offer hardwood, softwood, oak and specialist timber. Speak to a member of our team to find out which is suitable for your property. All of our windows are pressure treated with wood preservative against wet and dry rot before being installed.
Timber Sash Window Services
If you are considering replacing, repairing, restoring or double glazing your timber sash windows, request a FREE sash window survey from yoursashwindows.com today! If you have any other questions, speak to a member of our experienced team on 0333 600 0196.