We repair sash windows & doors. Many that may appear to be beyond repair can often be restored to good working order.
Traditional timber windows and doors can almost always be repaired and restored.
Can rotted wood sash windows be repaired?
To repair sash window frames is usually less expensive than replacing windows. Repairing a rotten wooden window is also the best way to preserve the character and architectural significance of a period home.
The timber used in the past was of a high quality and very durable. Many heritage windows and doors are still in use today whereas modern modern replacement windows may need replacement after only twenty years.
When windows have rotten beyond economic repair we copy the originals and manufacture our ‘Authentic Replica’ bespoke timber sash windows & doors.
Rot is a common problem with neglected period windows. Failure of the paintwork allows water to penetrate, creating ideal conditions for wet rot or insect attack.
Repair A Rotten Sash Window Sill
The most common area of rot development is the window sill, fortunately we are expert at replacing rotten sills. We utilise a range of products during our repair projects, from the traditional methods of splicing in new hardwood timber sections to the modern advanced solutions of epoxy resins & glues. All of our materials are selected to ensure a durable, permanent repair for many years to come.
Repair Rotten Window Frame
Repairing Window Sash
We undertake glass repair and glazing upgrade work as part of our renovation services. From simple squares to curved glazing we can replace broken glass in period homes. We can reglaze all glass types including coloured, etched and patterned.
Traditional linseed oil putty can dry out and crack over time. This can be removed and fresh putties applied.
Epoxy resins provide an advanced solution to rectify defects and repair rotten windows or doors.
Epoxy Resin Repairs
Using epoxy resin to repair rotten timber has a proven track record from the shipwrights who use it to repair wooden boats. We use the same marine grade epoxy resins to repair rotten windows & doors. Epoxy can be cut and shaped to match damaged mouldings or used to bond open sash joints. A far superior professional repair when compared to polyester based 2 part fillers or 'builders bog'.
Used alone or combined with a timber splice (dutchman) epoxy bonds extremely well to the original wood ensuring a long lasting permanent fix.
Is it 'window cill' or 'window sill'?
Whilst both spellings are correct "window sill" is now the most commonly used form. Architects and tradesmen still frequently use "window cill" as that spelling was commonly taught at technical colleges. Our website originally used 'cill' but all references have since been changed to 'sill' to reflect the most common form, however some of our branches may still reference 'cill' in their quotes and invoices.
What is the difference between a scarf joint and a splice joint?
Both splice joints and scarf joints are traditional methods used to join timber members end to end in woodworking. We use marine grade epoxy resins to glue and bond the joints, ensuring a long lasting repair.