If you live in an older property, chances are you have sash windows. These charming windows add character to any room, but they can be a bit drafty in the winter months. Draught-proofing your sash windows can make a huge difference to the temperature and energy efficiency of your home. In this guide, we'll go over the steps you need to take to draught proof your sash windows in Reading.
Draughts are uncomfortable and can lead to higher energy bills as the warm air escapes your home. Draught proofing your windows will keep your home warmer and save you money on heating bills. Additionally, draught proofing can help reduce noise pollution from outside your home. Finally, with older homes in particular, draught proofing your sash windows can also help to preserve the original features and architecture of the property.
Before you start draught proofing your sash windows, you'll need a few supplies. Here's a list of everything you'll need to gather before you start the job:
The first step when draught proofing your sash windows is to clean them thoroughly. Remove any dirt or grime from the window frames, sashes, and glass. Use a damp cloth or glass cleaner to get rid of dust, dirt, and cobwebs. Once the window is clean, dry it with a clean towel.
Next, inspect your window frames and sashes for any cracks, gaps, or damage that could be letting in draughts. Examine the timber, paint, and gloss of the window frames and sashes to make sure there is no damage. If there is, you'll need to repair any damage or rot before draught proofing.
If you see any gaps or cracks in the frames or sashes, use a silicone caulk to fill them in. Apply the caulk generously to the gap or crack, making sure to press it in with a paintbrush or your finger. Smooth the caulk once it has been applied, so it is even with the frame or sash.
Draught excluder strips are an essential component of draught proofing your sash windows. The strips go around the edges of the window sashes where they meet the frames. This helps to create a seal that prevents draughts from entering your home.
To apply the strips, measure the length of the sash, then cut the strips to size. Peel off the backing and stick the strips to the sash, making sure to press down firmly on the adhesive. Next, gently lower the sash, so it sits on the strip. Repeat this process for the other sash.
Foam weatherstripping is another useful tool for draught proofing sash windows. Add weatherstripping to the gaps between the window frame and the sash. Cut the foam to size and press it into the gap.
Once you have completed draught proofing one window, repeat the process on the other windows in your home. Remember to clean each window thoroughly before you start and inspect for any damage before applying caulk and draught excluder strips.
Draught proofing your sash windows is an excellent way to keep your home warm and energy-efficient during the colder months. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you'll be well on your way to a more comfortable and eco-friendly home. If you live in the Reading area and need help with draught proofing your sash windows, contact Sash Windows Berkshire today at 0118 449 2798, or visit our website at sashwindows-berkshire.co.uk.