When looking for a period property as a home, sash windows are often one of the features high up on a property hunter’s wish list.
Sash window maintenance, therefore, becomes part of owning a period property, and maintaining these original features preserves their charm and heritage and ultimately adds value to the property.
Well‐looked after original wooden sash windows should last another hundred years, as the materials they were made from (usually a well‐seasoned timber, like pitch pine) was such high quality.
At Ventrolla, we can help our customers to keep as much of the original windows as possible, while solving a variety of issues, such as draughts, rattles, rotten timbers, leaks, dust ingress, heat loss, noise problems and operational issues. By renovating you can tackle main issues like draughts and rot whilst maintaining the look and heritage of your home – always a win/win in our eyes.
However, let’s focus on 5 of the most common signs your windows may be in need of some TLC:
1. Draughts and Rattles
The main issue we hear is that sash windows are cold, largely due to gaps around the edges, so we install a draught‐proofing system in and around the sashes, closing these gaps but still allowing the movement of the sashes. This is usually just the improvement in thermal efficiency that our customers need, but we can also install slim double glazing for further energy savings.
2. Rotting Timber
Another common problem we encounter with sash windows is rotten timber in the sill or sashes from years of getting the brunt of our trademark British wind and rain! If there is extensive rot in the window sill, we replace the full sill and the lower box. We do this to create a completely new corner joint of the window box, keeping its strength and ensuring all rotten timbers are removed.
As an inherent feature in the period properties that make up many of the UK’s towns and cities, sash windows are often found in bustling areas. Noticing an increase in noise levels from outside of your home is one of the first signs that you may need to look at the condition of your windows. If you’ve become more aware of external noise, and your home no longer enjoys the peace and quiet that it used to, a window MOT could make a noticeable difference.
4. Operational Issues
In old houses that have seen many owners and lots of rounds and decoration, and layers of paint, sash windows are often found to be sealed shut. Conversely, some windows can be opened but won’t stay in an open position! Restoration can help to strip back the windows, un-sticking them and improving their fit so that you can can open your windows as much, or as little, as you like. By doing this you can improve ventilation, and control the temperature of the room better in the warmer months; quite literally a breath of fresh air!
Period windows have the ability to enhance a room, bringing classic proportions and a gentle nod to historical architecture, all while performing their more practical functions. Even if your sashes are in full working order, you may feel that they’re not quite matching their former glory. Perhaps it’s time to consider some new hardware, a lick of paint or an update to your window dressings. Small changes can make a big difference.
At Ventrolla we are passionate about wooden window renovation. We offer advice on renovation and repair projects and, if needed, can hand make bespoke new windows to preserve original styles and match the proportions and detail of your wooden period windows.
If you have wooden sash or casement windows and would like to find out more about our services, you can contact our team on 0800 0277 454 or using our online form, and we’ll be happy to help.