Other Window Problems that may need repairs
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Other bits to check or consider can be:
- Complete sash parts or Frame parts replacement
- The sashes (opening parts) may have loose joints.
- Sashes may be swollen or distorted.
- Hinges and screws could be rusted and the timber they screw into in poor condition.
- Putty or beading may need replacing or repairing.
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All these are possible to fix, it’ll just add a bit more time to do the job. The extent of this work should be added to your “repair or replace” calculations.
Particular problems with Sliding Sash Windows
Sliding Sash window are now highly prized and many home owners will do all they can to retain them. Even the most damaged and rotton windows can be repaired although it can be a daunting prospect for even seasoned DIYer's. If you now how these windows are put together there's nothing to be scared off.
I'll be covering the repair of this window, from the Whitby cottage, proving how any window can be repaired. It will end up rebuilt, re-corded and draught proofed.
Draught proofing Sliding Sash Windows
Due to recent demand from homeowners wanting to retain "period features" but not wanting to put up with exessive heat loss there are now many systems available to upgrade sliding sash windows. There are also many companies offering to do this for you.
The installation of draught proofing strips and brushes is a DIY job. If you don't fancy trying it yourself have search here for someone to do it for you.
If you are repairing a sliding sash window, involving removing the sashes you have already done half the job, all you need are some replacment parting beads and staff beads, some additional seals and the right tools. There are many companies offing these parts, a search should find them.
Double Glazing Sliding Sash Windows
The tempation is there to upgrade old sliding sash windows with double glazing because we've been indoctrinated with the belief that double glazing will solve all lifes problems.
My advice is stop for minute and think.
- Heavy curtains will be virtually as effective for reducing heat loss and cutting down noise.
- If condensation is problem then tackle the source not the symptom, double glazing just pushes the problem somewhere else where it can cause real damage and unhealthy mould.
- Retro fitted double glazing in old timber sashes has a history of premature failures.
- Twice the glass needs twice the weight to counter balance it, can you fit enough lead in the weight boxes.
- The sashes aren't made for the thick double glazing units. The slim glazing units might be ok, just but have a read up about the care that is needed to avoid premature failure.
New sashes can be made to succesfully carry double glazing. This is subject I will be covering in detail, including constructional plans.
Final Decision Repair or Replace the window?
So now you know what the actual extent of the repairs will be. Its time to decide whether it’s worth repairing or replacing the window. On top of the time it’ll take here are a few other factors to throw in to the mix.
- Cost of new window against the very low material cost of the repairs.
- Cost of refitting a new window.
- How much you want to retain the old style of window.
- Would an upgrade, maybe with double glazing or reversion to a period window style be appropriate?
- If replacing, how much disruption, repainting and decorating will need doing internally.
- How long will the repairs last, (If done well it will last as long as a similar new window)
It’s up to you to make the final decision. You might just decide a quick repair, that might not last as long will buy you the time you need for replacement a few years down the line.
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