06Sep 2015

Are your windows in decay? Here’s what you can do about it…

Posted in: home improvement  –  By Patchett Joinery

We all like the look of older windows and doors on a home, particularly if that home is an older building. Period homes have an unmatched quaintness and charm to them and preserving it usually becomes a number one priority for new buyers. It’s one of the reasons that period homes are in increasing demand and have soared in value over the last few years.

With older homes, however, there are a few more things to consider when it comes to keeping your home in good shape. While PVC windows can fade and look ugly at times, their one strong suit is longevity. If you’re going for a more traditional look the chances are that at some point during your tenancy you’re going to have to do some touch up work or some maintenance. For most, this isn’t a problem. When Wood sash windows or casement windows are fitted these days they tend to be installed with craftsmanship and quality a forethought.  Good quality timber and excellent sealants and treatments will ensure that your windows withstand even the harshest weather conditions year, after year, after year.

But what if, like many, you’re thinking of investing in a house with hold windows and doors but don’t want to fully replace them? You might even spot a touch of decay setting in and wonder what you can do about it without having to tear them out. Don’t worry, this is more common than you might think in older properties.

How to spot rot and decay in your wood casement or timber sash windows

While it’s true that you might able to diagnose a case of decay be simply glancing at the window frame and studying its surface, the problem can often run a lot deeper. You can investigate suspicious areas by probing them with a sharp object. Wet rot can be found anywhere in the window frame, and it can ‘soften’ the wood, making it lose strength and become even more vulnerable. You may also notice a faint ‘damp’ smell and notice you home being a little colder than usual if it gets really bad.  You can usually detect rot by uneven waves or bubbles forming in the paintwork or by slight cracks forming in the wood.

If you notice rot or damp setting in, you need to take steps to resolve it rather than simply cover up the issue with more paint – this will not help! Talk to someone about getting your wood sash windows repaired so that the problem doesn’t persist. They may even add draught protection, sealants and new treatments to protect the wood from the elements.  To prevent rot setting in the first place, make sure to repaint your windows every 3 – 5 years, paying careful attention not to get paint on the hinges, joints or anything else that might impede the window’s function. This is usually enough to keep your windows looking their best and in great working order.