Original sash windows in a period property are a beautiful thing. However, even with careful maintenance and repair, original windows will be inefficient and problematic. If you have old sash windows in your property, here are some of the indicators that let you know it may be time for an upgrade.
The Windows won’t open
If your sash window won’t open any more, it may be that the frame is painted shut, or it may be a more serious problem with the frame or weight and cord system. If you request a free no-obligation survey from the experts at Ventrolla, we will be able to advise you if the problem can be fixed, or if it’s time for a new window.
The glass is cracked or damaged
It’s pretty obvious if glass is the problem. It’s also possible to get a glazier to replace the damaged pane of glass. However, this won’t help with improving the efficiency of the glazing.
The window frames are damaged or rotten
Wooden frames can absorb moisture. Over time this will cause the frames to rot. Try pushing down on the bottom part of the frame with your finger or a pencil. Does the frame feel spongey or crumbly? If so, it’s time to replace.
The windows are draughty
Old windows have gaps and leaks that let in cold air. If you can feel cold air blowing into the room, it may be time to replace.
Moisture pools inside the window
Even modern windows may suffer with condensation if the weather outside is cold and the air in the house is damp. However, if you have pools of water appearing inside the window, then you may need to upgrade.
The good news is that if your windows do need replacing, you don’t have to go with a soulless uPVC design common in modern houses. Using companies like Ventrolla, you can have beautiful wooden sash windows designed bespoke to your property that will look the part, but be incredibly efficient.
Modern glass and frame technology ensure that you have the best of both worlds with great looks and great thermal efficiency. If you’d like more information, please contact us.