If you live in Reading, Berkshire, and have sash windows in your home or business, you may run into issues with rotting over time. In this guide, we will take you through the steps on how to fix a rotted window sash in Reading.
At Sash Windows Berkshire, we specialize in the repair, replacement and installation of sash windows throughout Reading, Berkshire, and the South East of England. With over 20 years of experience, our team is skilled in resolving issues with sash windows, including rotting.
Before diving into the steps of how to fix a rotted window sash, it's important to understand what it is. A window sash is the frame holding the glass in place within a window. It usually consists of two vertical stiles, a top rail and a bottom rail.
Before repairing the rotting sash window, it is essential to clean the window thoroughly. The cleaning process involves removing any dirt or debris around the window, top sash and glass. This helps to ensure that the repair process goes smoothly.
Use a brush or vacuum cleaner to remove dirt, dust and debris around the sash window frame, top sash and glass.
Clean the window frame using a solution of warm water and mild detergent. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe away dirt and grime.
Wipe away cleaning solution using a clean, dry cloth.
Use a glass cleaner to clean the window glass. Spray the cleaner onto the glass and wipe it down using a clean cloth.
For most sash windows the top sash can be difficult to reach to clean. It is only easy if you are:
If you don't meet one of the above requirements, it could be best to use professional window cleaners in Berkshire to handle this stage.
The first step in fixing a rotted window sash is to identify the areas that need repair. This is often visible as deteriorating areas on the sash window. The rotting could be caused by issues such as moisture damage or a lack of maintenance.
After identifying the rotted areas of the sash window, remove the rotted wood using a chisel, a saw or a router. Be careful to remove only the rotten part of the wood and avoid damaging the rest of the sash window frame.
Replace the rotted out area with new wood, using an epoxy-based wood filler. This type of filler is waterproof and will protect the sash window from moisture damage.
Once the epoxy-based wood filler has dried, apply a coat of paint to protect the sash window from further moisture damage.
It's essential to keep sash windows clean. The best way to clean them is to remove the sashes and then clean the window tracks. Here is how to clean the tracks:
Remove the sashes from the frames.
Clean the window tracks using warm water and soap. A brush could come in handy for hard to reach areas.
Use a cloth to dry the tracks.
Clean the sashes briefly too, especially if they have become dirty or dusty during the repair process.
To ensure your sash windows stay optimally functional and last long after renovation, it's important to maintain them properly. Here are some tips:
If your sash windows were manufactured after the 1980s, they will likely have the tilt feature. This feature makes cleaning the sash window frames and glass a lot easier. If you tilt the sash window, it allows easy access to clean the window tracks and the window itself.
UPVC and sliding sash windows are both great options to reduce the need for regular maintenance. They are easier to clean, secure, long-lasting and provide more insulation too.
Fixing a rotted sash window in Reading isn't a task that can be achieved overnight. That said, it can still be done and with the right knowledge, tools and a little hard work, you can repair your sash windows and keep them looking and functioning great.
At Sash Windows Berkshire, we are always happy to provide professional repair, replacement and installation services to clients in Reading and surrounding areas. Please give us a call on 0118 449 2798 or email us at [email protected] for a quote or more information about our services.