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Make sure your windows survive the winter with thermal window insulation

Make sure your windows survive the winter with thermal window insulation
Make sure your windows survive the winter with thermal window insulation
Mon May 2

Whilst winter may seem like it is far away, the truth is that the colder weather is always just around the corner. This means that you will want to find a way to stay as warm as possible in your home.

Sash windows are not the best type of windows for thermal efficiency. They are known to be somewhat draughty due to the nature of their design. However, you may not like the idea of ripping out these old-style windows and replacing them with something more modern and thermally better.

The thing to know about sash windows is they can have the best of both worlds. You can have windows that keep out the harsh cold wind of the UK but still have all the charm and character of traditional timber sash windows.

Why are sash windows not the best at keeping the cold out?

There are two main issues with sash windows; when it comes to heat (or should that be cold), this is the frame and the glass. The structure, by its design, has gaps which means that the cold air can come in, as well as the warm air within the house going out.

The glass is another problem. The glass used in sash windows is traditionally thin, which means it is easier for the hot air to move through.

Thankfully, both of these things can be improved on; if you decide to make some modern adjustments to your traditional windows.

What adjustments can be made?

You can choose to have sash windows that have thicker glass. These are designed to include sash units that can house glass around the 14mm mark, much thicker than the 6mm glass that is often used. They can also be filled with inert gas, which will help keep your home as warm as possible.

You can also ask a professional company to ensure that the used timber frames will be treated to prevent gaps and stop the heat from escaping and the cold air from getting in.

Top tips for winter

It is essential to take care of your windows during the winter months. One way to do this is to ensure that the timber used is appropriately treated and finished. You not only need to do this once they are installed, but you may also find it beneficial to continue and repeat this treatment regularly afterwards.

If you notice any chips, scratches or cracks in the wood, this needs to be treated as quickly as possible. This is because any moisture does not soak into the wood, making it less likely to rot.

You also want to try and keep your glass as clean as possible. You should use washing-up liquid to do this around twice a year. Any glass cleaners are not recommended as they can damage delicate frames.

The only thing left to do is dig out your hat, scarf and gloves and ensure you are ready to face the winter months, safe and warm in your home.


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