Sash windows can be a beautiful addition to any property. Whether installed on a modern office or a vintage home, they give you plenty of styling options. However, like all windows, they may need some occasional repairs to maintain their best aesthetic and functional quality. You would not always need to hire a professional company to complete these tasks for you. You can easily do some sash window repair on your own. Let’s look at some ways you can fix your sash windows.

Lower sash repairs

The first step to a lot of repair work is to remove the sash. The sash is the part of the window that you raise up and down to control the airflow. Primarily, you need to remove any screws or stops in front of the sash. Once you do this, you should be able to pull the sash out of its frame. There should be chains or cords that attach the lower sash to the rest of the window. They also make it easier to slide up and down. You will need to carefully remove these elements. To prevent them from going into the upper window, you should tie a knot or add some weight to them. Now, you should be able to remove the sash. From here you can perform a range of DIY sash window repair jobs. For example, you can replace the glass or change the paintwork.

Upper sash repairs

In some circumstances, you may need to remove the upper sash. Fortunately, this is also a simple job that you can complete. You should first remove the strips that hold the upper sash in place. This can be a difficult thing to accomplish. Avoid applying too much force or you may accidentally break these strips. Afterwards, you should be able to carefully pull the upper part of the window free. When you have done this, you will notice that chains or cords are attached to the window. As previously discussed, these are important for connecting the upper and lower parts of the window, so you should be careful when removing these. You can now work on repairing the upper sash.

Reminders on DIY sash window repair

When doing any DIY sash window repair, there are a few important elements to remember to smoothly execute the job. First, you should make sure that all the elements have been labelled correctly. This will ensure that you can easily find them and re-attach them correctly later. You should also check that you have all the necessary equipment before you begin doing anything to your window.

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When sash windows develop a problem, you may also want to consider contacting a professional to repair it for you. However, if you have the technical skills, you can do some sash window repair by yourself. This is a great way for you to save money. We discussed some of the most effective practices to remove both the upper and lower parts of the sash window to make essential repairs easier for you. Use these techniques to repair your sash windows and save yourself some money today!

This article was written on behalf of Fix a Sash by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at