New sash windows are a stylish feature of modern homes
One of the most stand-out aspects of timber sash windows is how stylishly timeless they look once installed.
They add elegance and class to both period and modern-style houses, and it is one of the main reasons why they have remained so popular in the UK. The heritage of timber sash windows goes all the way back to the 17th century and their timeless appeal fits in perfectly with today’s architectural designs.
In this blog we are going to discuss whether new sash windows are expensive or not, how they value they bring to your home, their longevity, and where to find your local sash window repair company.
Are new sash windows expensive?
One of the main reasons why developers and homeowners have turned towards uPVC windows in recent years is because they are cheap to buy and install. However, this is a short-sighted view that doesn’t take into consideration the lack of value they add to a property both aesthetically and in financial terms.
There is no denying that timber sash windows sit at the higher end of the price spectrum. But choosing to install new timber sash windows should be seen as a long-term investment that will repay itself handsomely over time.
How does that happen? Well, where uPVC windows start to degrade over a 10-15 year period, if sash timber windows are maintained in good condition they should last for double or triple that time. Of course, you can buy cheaper uPVC sash windows, but if you have to replace them sooner than timber alternatives you could end up paying more in the long run.
By having timber sash windows installed in your property it increases the aesthetic appeal for potential buyers who will always be attracted by original-looking features in a property. In turn this allows you to place the selling price at a higher point than you would be able to if you only have uPVC windows installed.
So to answer the question if new timber sash windows increase the value of your home, the answer would be a resounding yes.
What is the secret of longevity for sash windows?
Sash windows have been around since the 17th century and believe it or not there are still some properties that feature their original windows. For example, Ham House in south Richmond still proudly displays the original sash windows that have been repaired and maintained by experts over time.
So what is the secret of longevity for sash windows? Quite simply the answer is care and maintenance. There are some basic tips you can follow to ensure your timber sash window remains in healthy condition, such as:
- Use a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner to clean the window panes. Also try to clean the external panes facing outwards at least once or twice a year.
- Sticky sash windows can be an issue and are usually due to a messy paint job sealing the frames together. If you see any dry paint on the sills or frame, you can run a blunt knife along the edge to free it before wiping away the dry paint flakes.
- Oiling your sash windows is also important when it comes to maintenance. Rubbing oil or wax into the hinges, frame, and pulley features will ensure it keeps moving freely. Silicone spray is also a good choice as its colorless form won’t leave behind any residue.
- Check regularly for rot caused by moisture as this can penetrate the material and weaken the wood’s structural integrity. If you see black blemishes on the wood using a damp cloth to wipe away debris before applying a wood hardener. This will help to reinforce and strengthen decaying wood. If the problem is more extensive, you may need to call in a professional company to help.
- If you have a damaged or broken cord they can be replaced by removing the sash from the window. You must ensure the replacement cord has the same diameter as the one being replaced. Always go for a braided cord as this is the more durable option.
Where is my local sash window service located?
While their head office is located in London, street Kensal Rise, NW10 Repair-A-Sash are in no way limited to only serving customers in and around the local area. In fact, they see themselves as London’s local sash window service provider due to the many domestic and commercial properties they have worked on over the years.
They are open 9-5 pm Monday to Friday and between 11-3 pm on Saturdays to take new inquiries and to help existing customers. However, many of their surveys and installations take place outside of office hours because they try to be as flexible as possible to work to a timeframe that suits their customers.
No matter where you are based in London, Repair-A-Sash can provide high-quality sash window repairs, maintenance, and installation, keeping your windows in perfect condition.