Sash window repair, Cambridge
Simon and Natasha live in a charming Victorian semi off Mill Road in Cambridge. Many years ago we helped them with some exterior painting. We were thrilled to hear from them after so many years. Natasha and Simon wanted us to repair and re-decorate their sash windows. Most of the windows were showing signs of timber decay. The surfaces became uneven with soft patches of rotten wood here and there.
The first step of the preparation was to sand down the old paint. It helped uncover decaying wood and make the sound surfaces smooth and ready for painting. You can read more about our standard procedure of repairing windows here
Almost every time we repair wooden windows we have to deal with loose and broken putty. While many decorators stick to the traditional putty made of finely ground chalk and linseed oil, we replace it with resinous epoxy filler like WindowCare. It is flexible (which means it will follow the wood expanding and shrinking with the change of seasons), it dries within a few hours and is perfect for creating beautiful angles between glass and window panes. Epoxy filler, if applied correctly, will not crack, unlike the traditional putty. Therefore it will protect the wood from moisture getting in. We find it miles better than traditional glazing putty.
Once the decayed wood has been cut out, the affected areas treated with wood hardener, repaired with epoxy filler and the super durable Accoya wood, we start masking the areas surrounding the windows so we can then spray paint them.