29Jun 2015

Sash window restoration is easy when you know how

Posted in: sash windows and home improvement  –  By Patchett Joinery

Have you just moved into a new property with old windows? Perhaps you succumbed to the irresistible allure of a traditional period home without considering how you might make the most of its historical features. You’re not alone. With older properties becoming more and more popular – particularly in rural areas – there’s an increasing demand and thirst for knowledge about how best to treat them.  Windows are an important part of any home as they impact the internal aesthetic as well as how your home appears on the outside. It’s really important that you get the balance of traditional features right, particularly in a period home, so impulsively ripping out the old wood casement or wood sash windows in favour of a modern uPVC frame might not be the smartest move. For those who are willing to think outside the box and do something that will increase the value of their home while also maintaining its look and feel, there’s restoration. 

With the right help, refurbishing is easy

It’s perfectly possible to keep the look and feel of your traditional windows while also adding some contemporary bells and whistles to get the most out of them in terms of energy efficiency, noise insulation and security.  There are some common, if minor, problems that can arise with older windows over time but rectifying them needn’t be a headache if you’ve got a joiner on hand. Some quick and permanent fixes can even be made on your own at home.  A good joiner who offers a wood sash window refurbishment service for example, should be able to help with draft sealing, refitting, glazing or even like for like replacements. You’ve simply got to decide what’s best for your home and start investigating your options.

draught sealing and double glazing

One of the most common complaints of old wood sash windows is that they’re often not double glazed (although more modern ones will nearly always be double or triple glazed). If you buy a home with single glazing, you’re not stuck with it. Quite the opposite – there’s a great deal you can to do restore wood sash windows to their former glory and even make them better than they ever were thanks for modern craftsmanship and triple glazing technology.  Always remember, just because you have old windows doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with limited functionality. Explore your options, save money and keep the period look and feel of your property!