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Window Sash Repair

 

What Is A Window Sash?

The sash is the part of the window that holds in the glass, and sits within the frame that holds the entire unit. When the sash is causing problems, there are often two main issues that manifest themselves: the sash is stuck, or it is rotted. If the sash is metal or vinyl, replacements may be available, and may even be under warranty. Make sure you check with a local and licensed window installer to help you determine whether your window is under warranty.

 

Dealing With A Stubborn Window

If your wood windows are difficult to open or close, the culprit may be layers of paint hindering its movement within the window frame itself. If this is the case, scraping and perhaps sanding the frame and sash will improve the sash’s movement.

Other reasons your sash may be stuck or difficult to open is if the sash or window frame has gotten wet and become swollen. If this is the case, not only is some repair necessary, but most importantly you must make sure that the wood is properly sealed to prevent further swelling or rotting.

 

Wooden Window Rot

A rotted sash is all too common in older wood windows, and while the wood could perhaps be repaired, when wood rot is present, a full replacement becomes prudent. In historical homes with unique windows, a new wooden sash can be constructed. However, in most homes this is not a viable option as replacement of the entire window would most likely be more affordable, and certainly more advisable in the long run.

(Read more about wooden window frame repair, here)

If a replacement window or windows are necessary, be sure to purchase them from qualified installers who can provide lifetime window warranties. A solid warranty is also transferable and can eliminate any future headaches!

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