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Sash windows are one of the most popular types of windows in the world. This is because they are both stylish and practical. This ensures that they will last for a long time. Over time, however, dent marks and scratches can occur. The paint also eventually fades when exposed to UV light for an extended period. This can cause sash windows to look older. These issues may also affect the functionality of these windows. Thankfully, you can have a sash windows renovation. It’s easy to solve these problems and get your windows looking young again. Let’s look at how you can do this.

Detach the sash window from the wall

Primarily, you will need to remove the sash window from the wall. There are multiple sites online that explain this process in detail. Usually you only require a screwdriver to complete this simple process. When removing the windows, make sure to keep all the components stored in separate places and label them all correctly. You might also want to take pictures as you disassemble the window. This will help you put it back together properly.

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Sand the wooden frames

Once the sash window is detached from the wall, you can now sand the old frames. This will remove any old, chipped paint. It will also make it easier for you to spot any dents or marks on the frame. When you do spot a dent, use a wood filler. Squeeze the wood filler into the hole and use paper to wipe away the excess. This will seal off the hole, preventing any further damage from occurring. Before continuing, make sure that you give it plenty of time to dry.

Apply a new coat of paint and varnish

Afterwards, you can apply a new coat of paint. This is a great opportunity to change the style of the windows by using a different colour. This can give the whole sash window a different feel. Once you finish painting, apply a few coats of varnish. This will help protect the paint from temperature extremes and exposure to UV radiation.

Reattach the sash window

Finally, when the paint and varnish are dry, you can re-attach the sash window to the wall. This technique will produce affordable but stunning results. You should be able to complete these tasks without needing to enlist the help of a professional.

Optional: Increase the window size

Another popular idea for sash windows renovation is to increase the size of the window. There are a few ways you can do this. First, you can purchase a new, larger window. Alternatively, you can extend your existing window. Both of these options require complex technical skills and it is recommended that you consult with a professional. They will make sure that everything is done correctly so that your new window will last for a long time. 

Many people have sash windows in their homes and businesses. However, these windows can fade over time, losing their colour. Thankfully, as we discussed, there are a few simple things that you can do to restore your windows to their former glory. Consider having a sash windows renovation to keep your windows looking great!

Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of Fortis & Hooke 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.

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