The Victorian Emporium's black casement fastener
Wooden sash windows can last for many, many years if properly looked after – just think of the number of original Victorian windows in Victorian properties to get confirmation of this. They can be painted any colour you wish to match other paintwork on your house - a trend at the moment is to paint them grey. UPVC Windows will need to be replaced periodically so in actual fact it can be a cost saving to keep your original sash windows and maintain them rather than replace them with UPVC. Your house is also more likely to be worth more to a buyer if it has its original windows or with like for like replacements. New wooden sash windows can include double glazing so it doesn’t mean compromising on thermal qualities.
The Victorian Emporium's decorative sash pull
Step 1 of a complete overhaul of your windows is to strip off all of the furniture. If the sashes do not go up and down without being yanked or getting stuck, you may need to replace the lifts and fasteners on them. Sometimes the rope or sash cord might have become damaged or broken and need replacing. To do this is fairly simple – you need to remove the sashes from the runners and pull out the side box. Also a sash may not slide because of paint build-up; again remove the sashes so that you can strip the paint and restore.You may wish at this stage to insert brushes into the sashes which helps to exclude drafts. An overhaul of a sash window is a straightforward job but you need to be methodical dismantling, repairing and putting the window back together. It maybe a job that could take most of a weekend but like all DIY jobs, if it’s done well it should not need to be looked at again for a number of years.
The Victorian Emporium's sash fastener
The Victorian Emporium sells a wide range of window furniture in brass, black and chrome (suitable for bathrooms) including:
Various types of casement fasteners and casement stays
Cast sash lifts
Pins for flush fitting sash
Ring sash lifts
Sash window axle pulleys
T handle fasteners