Sash windows are extremely beautiful but the one of the biggest problems that you face with them is when you need to repair them as they can be extremely expensive. In his article we’re going go look at some of the best ways in which you could try and have a little go with sash window repairs at home in London without spending serious money on your property. It would probably not surprise you to know that a complete sash window is now over £2,000 plus VAT and this assumes that you’re only going for a mediocre finish such as a medium range hardwood on her standard double glazed unit.
What is sash window repair?
Sash window repair normally means the repair or restoration and potentially refurbishment of the sash window. This can constitute sash window sill replacement, replacement sash cords, replacement glazing, or even could just mean a simple overhaul and potential draught proofing system as well. Whatever sash window repair you required it’s worth looking into little bit of homework because you would be surprised to know that sash windows specialist charge considerably their services which is an extremely significant amount of money, especially when most of us have got a bit of free project time on the weekends and I’m more than willing to do a little bit for our properties and save bit of money in the process.
Sash window sill replacement is actually quite difficult and in all honesty it’s probably better to have a specialist have a go at it. I’ve seen a recent email from a customer that had a look at her sash window repair article but believe that they were incapable of actually affecting this repair even with reading the step-by-step process. Mainly because they simply don’t have the tools required to perform such an intricate repairs. The other reason is of course that when you think about the time of some people which extremely valuable and therefore it would be much better to simply go to work in their profession and pay a sash window specialist to make such repairs on their behalf.
How much does it cost to perform a sash window repair?
“Typical sash window repairs start from around about £220 per window and go all the way up to nearly £1,000 “ London Sash Window Repairs Ltd owner Christopher Gould At the lower end of the range you’re looking at a simple case of a few minor timber splices and repairs to your sash windows whereas the top end of the range you could well be looking at sash window repair, draught proofing and a full decoration and painting service on top of the repairs as well. You might be thinking when you’re spending that much money on a repair that you might actually do better to replace the window itself but surprisingly some people aren’t even in a position where they can replace the sash window because perhaps they’re in a listed building or conservation area where the rules are particularly strict or even in a block mansions where all of the community made the decision regarding the replacement sash windows project. So sometimes even though repair of a sash window seems extremely expensive is actually the only option and normally it is actually a little bit cheaper than replacement anyway but there are extreme cases.
Painting to save money
Where you can really save some money in sash window repairs by painting the windows yourself, in London decorators are charging a fortune. Because there are so many high quality paints out there now for example if you take Dulux or Farrow & Ball these guys are producing paint that’s extremely effective externally and will last for up to 6 years. They even offer such guarantees on their tins and as long as you follow the guidelines on the actual application of the pain itself then you’ll almost certainly going to be valid for that 6 year guarantee. I’ve seen situations with our spray system where paints actually still in good condition nearly 15 years later. I’ve revisited installs and seeing amazing things with paint. Quality is definitely improving but the only issue we have of course is that oil is much better than the water based. The problem is we heading towards a sustainable model where the paint we use is actually environmentally friendly which unfortunately has deteriorated it’s somewhat but that’s a small price to pay for the environment after all. And saving the environment is equally as important to saving money.
Just bear in mind before you pick up the phone and call a London sash window restoration or repair specialist you can actually do a few bits to your windows yourself, a mini project if you like. There are plenty of articles and help out there to get you going on sash windows and as long as you got a hammer and a chisel on a few bits and pieces in your toolbox then you’re pretty much good to go on your sash windows.