Sash windows are a great addition to any building. They make your building look great, bring in natural light, and improve airflow in the property. However, these windows can sometimes crack or break. If this happens, you should repair it as quickly as possible. This will prevent further damage and ensure that no one would get injured. Thankfully, you should be able to complete some simple repair jobs by yourself. You can save a lot of money when equipped with the proper tools, especially when repairs do not require getting a professional service. Let’s look at some of these essential items that should be in your sash window repair kit.
Important reminder before starting
Before you decide to do any of these jobs, you should first consider your skill level. If you try to replace a broken pane of glass using the wrong technique, you may be injured in the process. For some more technical jobs, consider hiring a professional instead. They have the training to complete these jobs quickly and effectively. Fortunately, some repair jobs can be completed without requiring professional services. It is important, however, to have the best possible sash window repair kit, if you decide to do it by yourself.
Simple repairs you can do
There are multiple repair jobs that you should be able to complete on your own. For example, you should be able to remove the sash windows to re-paint them. This will keep the windows looking their best for a long time. You may also be able to use wood fillers to fix any dents that form in the window frame. You can also remove and lubricate the chains that connect the upper and lower sash on your own. This ensures that the window will continue to operate smoothly.
Assembling your repair kit
There are a few basic items that you should include in your sash window repair kit. Primarily, you should include multiple sizes of screwdrivers. These will be useful for removing the windows from the wall. You should also include multiple sealable plastic bags and a pen. This will let you keep track of any parts that you remove by labelling them, making it easier for you to reassemble the window. You should also include glue and wood fillers. If you are going to remove the windows, you may also take that opportunity to fix any dents in the window frame. This is especially important if the window frame is made of wood. Squeeze the wood filler into any holes that you find. Afterwards, gently you use a piece of paper to remove any excess filler. These little maintenance tasks, if performed regularly, can help protect your window from any damage. This will also extend its lifespan, saving you money in the long-term.
One of the easiest ways to save money is by doing repair work on your sash windows on your own. There are multiple simple projects that you can complete by yourself. For the best possible results and quality work, we looked at some of the things that you should include in your sash window repair kit. Now, you have the equipment to repair your sash windows with confidence!
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 www.boultonboyce.co.uk.