Windows

Sash Windows: Benefits and Maintenance

Georgian House, 22 High Street - Photo by David Wright

Georgian House, 22 High Street - Photo by David Wright

People who have sash windows already installed in their home could be considered very lucky.

These types of windows are a great addition to any home, as they add plenty of charm and character.

Real sash windows are hundreds of years old, and are usually found on old Victorian houses – but that doesn’t mean they look old and grotty!

People who have had their sash windows replaced with more modern versions often say that they regret it; so we thought we’d tell you all about the benefits of sash windows and how to maintain them properly (so you don’t feel tempted to replace them):

Sash - Photo by Sludge G

The Benefits of Sash Windows

  • They are a beautiful addition to the home. Some have stained glass effects, while others have a unique kind of rippled glass that contains little bubbles, and sparkles when the light shines through it.
  • They can reduce the noise outside by around 50%. Perfect for anybody living in a noisy area!
  • You can open the window to let in fresh air, however; they won’t let rain in. Great news for wet, miserable England!
  • They can eliminate draughts.
  • Insects, dirt, and fumes will be kept out of your property.

Maintaining Your Sash Windows

Although sash windows are old, many people regret having them replaced for more modern windows. The sash window really is a charming piece of history, so it would be silly to replace it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!

By giving your old sash windows proper maintenance and care, they can be used safely for hundreds more years. It’s vital to retain your sash windows and care for them if you have them!

You might need to make small repairs to your sash windows over time; this is perfectly normal.

You may need to replace decaying wood with newer wood, renew glazing putty, and replace damaged cords.

It’s totally up to you as to whether you’d like to do this yourself or call in a professional London Provider like Sash Smart, however; sash windows require plenty of care and knowledge or you could make the situation worse.

There are tutorials all over the web you can watch, but for peace of mind it’s probably best to hire a professional.

You should also take the time to clean your sash windows regularly, as this will keep them looking sparkly and can enhance their efficiency. The glass in the sash windows can ripple and sparkle different colours when the sun shines, and regular, careful cleaning can really enhance this lovely feature!

As for the timber on sash windows, you may not need to replace it, but simply paint it regularly to improve it’s appearance and protect it from the elements.

You can find tutorials on how to do this online too! It involves scraping off the old paint carefully to avoid a build up, and then applying a fresh coat of special paint.

It’s very important that you take the time to regularly inspect your windows for problems, otherwise you could find that it’s too late to rectify!