Contrary to what many people think, sash window repair is incredibly simple and straightforward.
Some sash window repairs only require basic DIY knowledge and basic tools. However, some sash window repairs require more expertise to fix. In this article, we will give you simple tips on how to fix sash windows on your own at home.
Identifying the problem
The first step to refurbishing your sash window is by identifying where the problem is. We have listed common issues that you need to identify and how to fix them.
Sash cord issues
Ifyou have realized that your sash windows are not opening as they used to do, like if they are stuck
open or binding on one side, then that is a clear sign that the sash card is broken. However, it is important to note that this is not the only thing that causes the sash to bind. In some cases, the
paint on the frame can also cause binding on the sash but that is much easier to fix. But ifyour sash
window is tilted to an extreme angle, then the likely culprit is damaged sash cord.
If the paint has not been done correctly or frequently as it should, then plaque can occur on
your wooden sash window. If you spot areas of flaking paint on your windows exterior, then
chances are that the window has some rot that needs to be fixed.
This is much easier to spot but if the damage is on the recess, then spotting it can be more challenging. The best way to know if there is broken glass is if there is draught feel near the glass panes.
How to fix a sash window
Identify how much rot the window has. If the paint is still intact, the chances are that only a few areas are affected, meaning it will be much easier to fix. However, you need to first remove the paint to correctly identify areas that have a rot.
Once the rot has been identified, the next step is treating it with a wood hardener or wood repair
filler. These two products are very effective because they penetrate the wood making it hard again.
Areas that cannot be fixed should be removed before filling. If the rot is extensive, the entire wood should be replaced but if it has only affected a small area, then you can cut the part and replace it with the help of a filler.
Once you are done fixing the rot, sand the window, then prime and repaint it. Make sure you use a good primer and high quality exterior paint for this job.
Hire a sash window expert
If any of the tasks mentioned above is above your skill level, then the best option is to hire anexperienced window repair expert to do the job for you. Sash window refurbishment tasks are
challenging, especially lf you don’t have the right skill and experience. If you don’t have the right skill and tools or if you simply don’t have time to do the job, hire an expert.