Don’t let your sash window stick

We have a reputation for being the top people working in sash window restoration Northumberland has. One of the reasons why is that we take our work seriously. This is because we are fully aware of the effect these windows have on the property. If you fail to maintain them properly, it won’t reflect well on the building. We can prevent this by providing the necessary restoration work.

The traditional approach with sash windows is to make them using timber. People have branched out and used other materials though, including uPVC and even aluminium. However, timber is still the most popular option. This is despite the issues that weather and moisture can cause. In any case, windows that are well preserved can endure for generations.

A stuck window

sash window restoration NorthumberlandWith time, these windows can end up sticking, making them difficult to close or open. The cause of this issue might be due to the wood swelling in the frame. On the other hand, it may actually be the sash. In some cases, it can be both.

A lot of the time, the swelling originates as a result of moisture. This enters the wood, swelling or deforming the frame. What it can do is cause the sash to stick and potentially rot the timber. In this event, you should seek professional help to overcome the problem.

People tend to assume that the moving sash component has expanded. Therefore, they attempt to trim it down. Conversely, it is possible that the issue can be due to the box frame’s outer and/or inner lining. When linings become blocked against the wall, they usually expand naturally inwards. Such an expansion leads to the sash window sticking.

Detach the sash

One of the leading ways of handling a swollen sash would be to detach it from the frame. So that the timber can dry out, you will have to strip the paint off back to bare wood. When the paint is off, the timber is going to dry evenly and quickly. Yet, it may take a few days or even a week for your material to dry fully. As time passes, you should witness it settling back to its correct and original form.

For the final stage, you must repaint the wood using micro-porous paint and a water based primer. This shall keep the rain away. Be cautious when painting because you won’t want to accidentally paint the sash stuck. You don’t want any paint getting on your draught excluders either.

Sash window restoration in Northumberland

At David Humble, we aim to be as flexible as possible. This way, we can work on as many workplaces and homes as we can. We also have the skills to restore various sash styles, ensuring clients can always rely on us.

As well as providing the highest quality sash window restoration Northumberland can offer, we supply top tier customer service. So, if you need our assistance, make sure you get in touch with us.