One of the main concerns many people have with sash windows is that they can become tricky to open. A number of different things can cause this, including broken cords or bad painting. However, it could also be because the timber has swollen. This is a sign there is a moisture problem. Luckily, we can help. David Humble offers the finest sash window restoration Northumberland property owners can ask for.
Why does it happen?
The thing with timber is you need to protect it to ensure it does not absorb an excessive amount of moisture. However, things like paint, varnish, stain and lacquer don’t last forever. In time their performance will drop and you will need a new coating. If you don’t do that, the moisture can get in and they will swell. They could even suffer from rot.
Wood is also more likely to swell in autumn and winter when the weather is colder and wetter. You may even have an issue because of poor ventilation in your property. If you find too much condensation on the windows in the morning, you need to address it or you could have a much bigger problem.
What to do?
If it is swelling causing the window to stick so you can’t open it anymore, it does not mean you need a replacement. What you should do is wait for dry weather to see if it shrinks back down. This can give you a better idea of how much it has increased in size. You can then see if you need to remove any timber or need to give it a new protective coating.
One thing we always advise clients is to choose a professional to handle the restoration here. You should never rush in to removing timber yourself as you may take away too much and ruin the window. It is also a good idea to get a professional to do the painting; they will ensure they don’t make mistakes that could cause it to stick.
Book sash window restoration in Northumberland
David Humble is a team you can trust to offer a high quality restoration for any kind of timber sash. We have the most extensive skills and approach every project the right way. Our focus here is to preserve the style and character of the window, especially if it is a period original.
So, if you have an issue with a window that won’t open, whether it is swelling or another problem, rely on us. We provide cost effective sash window restoration Northumberland clients love. You can ask us for advice and a quote today, or book a consultation.