Reglazing and Repairing Sash Windows

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Due to the popularity and architectural longevity of sash windows, it is necessary, in addition to regular maintenance to consider your upgrading options from time to time. With updated manufacturing and product technology, it is not necessary to take out your genuine sash windows in order to achieve better insulation, noise suppression, security, etc.  Many sash window repair companies can now offer the following on existing windows:

Draught Sealing:  The gaps that may be present around an old, decaying or badly fitting sash window can be considerable.  It is estimated that the space around badly fitting windows can measure up to 25 centimetres !  By reducing leakage will greatly reduce your heating bills and increase your comfort.  In addition, by stopping draughts entering your home you are also stopping or reducing noise and dust from entering also. 

Whole or Part Replacement of Frames:  As most sash windows are made from softwood, over time all or part of a frame can become damaged, swollen or rotted.  It is possible with timber windows to simply replace the damaged portions of a frame and to blend them into the original structure.

Double Glazing / Triple Glazing:  This can be achieved on your existing sash windows, depending on the condition of the frames and also the depth of the frame.  Double glazing of existing windows can be carried out on sit by some companies and is can work out about 65% of the  cost of installing new double or triple glazed windows.

Security Glass and Safety Glass:  Security glass is a toughened glass and along with safety glass can be installed into your existing frames, and may be a requirement, depending on the location of the frames within the residence.  Safety Glass is in many ways the opposite to security glass, as it will shatter into many non-sharp particles when struck. 

Acoustic Glass:  This is a thick glass and depending on the thickness of your frames and how robust they are it can be fitted, helping to eliminate traffic sounds, etc.  This glass can be 8 millimetres - 13millimetres thick.

Anti-Fade Glass:  This glass eliminates the ultra violet rays that do damage to your carpets, upholstery, furniture, etc.  Companies such as Spectrum and Pilkingtons are among many that produce such glass that can be sized to fit your existing sash windows.

Self Cleaning Glass:  This glass is finished with a very smooth surface and causes rain and dirt to have difficulty adhering to its surface.  One such example would be 'Pilkington ActivT' self cleaning glass. 

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This article was published on 2010/03/27