The great British summer can be unpredictable. When the sun is out, we throw open our windows in search of a nice cool breeze. But in wintertime, our windows stay firmly shut. If you have original timber sash windows, exposure to the elements can cause issues over time.
At Sash Window Experts, we would strongly advise you to take the opportunity of the lovely sunny weather and take a good look at the condition of your windows. Identify any repair issues or refurbishments needed, and get these dealt with before the weather turns autumnal.
1. Are your windows working properly?
The main function of a window is to open and close property, so this should be the first thing to check. Does the opening mechanism run smoothly and easily? Check the sash cords, pulleys, weights, hinges and handles to ensure everything is in perfect working order.
Any repairs should be carried out promptly before further deterioration leads to costlier repairs further down the line. Ideally, the work should be done during the warmer summer months, so that you’re fully protected for the colder season which is bound to arrive sooner rather than later.
2. Protection from the elements
With the British weather being as changeable as it is, your sash windows must be able to withstand a great deal. Wooden period sash windows are susceptible to the elements. When moisture is absorbed from the air, the timber will expand, making the sashes stick together and harder to slide. Left undealt with, this continued expansion and contraction can lead to cracking paint which lets in more moisture and makes the problem worse.
Check the wood on the windows and window sills for firmness vs softness with a finger or the prod of a screwdriver, and see if you can identify any first signs of damp, which should be professional treated without delay.
3. How secure is your home?
Finally, remember that most burglars gain entry to a property through the windows. It is therefore critical to your home security that you ensure your sash windows are safe. Why not play at being burglar and go round each window attempting to enter from outside (obviously without actually causing any damage). You might be surprised to find that your home is not as protected as you thought!
Double check that all windows have locks fitted – and that these are routinely used, especially at night time and when the property is empty. Also perhaps consider double glazing as an extra home security feature.
Sash Window Experts believe that protecting your sash windows can be as simple as carrying out an annual service. Why not give us a call on 01483 299587 or contact us here to see how we can help?