Maintaining your wood sash windows doesn't have to be an expensive or difficult task - even in London! However, failing to look after your sliding sash windows can cost you money in ways you may not have budgeted for. Implementing small changes will make a vast difference to not only the longevity of your new windows but also to the bills if your windows are older.
One of the major problems with older wood sash windows is that of draughts. Gaps around older sliding sash windows can be substantial, resulting in higher heating bills all year round as well as using up more energy so being eco-unfriendly. When you have new sash windows installed there are several things you may wish to check are included. Decent draught proofing for any kind of window is essential but older sash windows have more of a tendency to cause a problem.
The solution needs to be in keeping with the feel and look of the window so it does not lose its authentic touch. One fix comes in the form of draught proofed beading, which is nice and discreet. As well as the beading you can also have brushes or seals inserted which are equally as effective. You should find these installed as standard on brand new sash windows.
The brush seal option comprises of nylon fibres inserted along the inside seal of the wooden sliding sash window. Although there is an initial outlay in cost when fitting the brushes the amount you stand to save on heating bills is considerable to the point it becomes cheaper to have the extra pieces fitted.
A further problem you may encounter with the sliding style sash windows is that of sticking. The main reason for sticking is a messy paint job literally sealing the window in place. When you have new sliding windows fitted ensure you or your decorator only paint on the sills and try to avoid getting sticky paint into the window frame itself. If this does happen, simply run a knife or sharp object along the edge to free it.
Sometimes it is not obvious why a sash window is sticking, particularly on a brand new window. If you find yourself in this situation rub some wax or oil into the frame, hinges and all interior and pulley features to ensure it's loose enough to move smoothly.
The final problem you can find with wooden sliding sash windows in the long term is, as with any outdoors wooden products, an issue with rot. So long as the rot damage is purely superficial, fixing this issue is no problem. Ensure you clean the area thoroughly and remove any debris before applying a wood hardener. If the damage is more extensive then it is advisable that you have the entire sash window removed in order to chemically strip and sand down the remains so you can reuse the parts you wish to keep.
Modern versions of the sash window are now meticulously made from selected soft or hardwood timbre then laminated three times to avoid the problem of rot. Equally the glass used is almost always now double glazed, eliminating all the above problems.
Take a look at our Sliding Sash Wood Windows section to see what we can do to update your sliding sash windows.