Having managed to move into your dream cottage in the country you don’t want to spoil it by having to replace the original sash wooden windows with modern UPVC ones. Similar replacements are on the market, but they don’t really have quite the same character or warmth around them.
So before making the decision to take the easy option to rip them out consider the benefits of either trying to restore the originals yourself or to get a professional in to complete it for you.
As previously mentioned, they were designed for you house specifically and as such have a comfortableness about them that fits the house, you can paint them any colour you choose and they will not discolour over time as is the case with UPVC.
There is a lot of information available on the internet regarding restoration of the many parts of the window, including how to replace the ropes and weights, and while this is being undertaken have a look into the several glazing options such as double glazing or maybe acoustic glass.
Restoring them makes a lot of sense, the materials they use are recyclable and reusable which will therefore have less of a detrimental impact on the planet, something to consider if you are looking for a green option.
Of course there is often a downside to everything, they will need to be painted regularly, they can rattle if not fitted correctly, and can be more costly; but to finish on a positive note if restored and maintained regularly they will massively out live their UPVC counterparts and they look beautiful too!
Below is a few treatments you can use to help restore timber framed windows.
A step–by–step guide to repairing external woodwork which has been damaged by damp and rot.
Cut out as much of the decayed wood as possible, trying to get any damp or problematic timber removed using an all metal chisel or an electric drill with the correct fixing.
Once you have removed all of the affected timber and you are down to a cleaned, solid base you need to stabilise and treat the surface before you go any further. Any epoxy primer should do the trick. This shold be applied to any holes or cracks within the wood. This will help prevent any damp or water getting back into the timber where it could cause the same problems as we are trying to treat.
Fill the gaps:
If you have any big holes or cracks in your timber framed windows you should use a mouldable epoxy mortar and fill them as tightly as possible. This will improve the structural strength of the wood and give you a good base to apply your new finish.
Where you only have small holes or chips to fill and repair, you can use a product like Raycrete which is a multipurpose polyurethane filler adhesive sealant that comes in two parts which are mixed together immediately prior to use. This will block any damp getting back into the wood and ensure your repair will last a good amount of time
Apply your finish:
From here, once everything has dried you can apply your finish in any way that suits your resotration project. Before applying any finish to your timber ensure that any repair work is fully dried and completed.