Rotted sash window or sill
A damaged window with rotted sash window timber, or rotted timber in the sill or frame does not necessarily require a full sash replacement. We at Advance Glazing are proud of our record of saving windows when others might recommend full replacement.
If you have a problem, call us and a window technician will examine your windows and advise on what action to take. In the majority of cases we can replace a damaged section on site with a new timber piece and work the new piece seamlessly into your original window. The new timber pieces are made in our workshops and replacement can be carried out on site in a day.
How to know if your sash window wood or frame is rotting
There are two types of rot: dry and wet rot. Dry rot is the more serious of the two and tends to happen in out of the way areas such as under stairs or remote floorboards. Wet rot is the less serious of the two and is associated with parts of your building exposed to exterior weather conditions.
Wet rot – the most common form of rot – is caused by a fungus called Coniophora Puteana. Wet rot occurs in damp wood. But, looking on the bright side, wet rot stays in the one place, which makes it easily controllable. Wet rot occurs most frequently in timber that is moisture exposed, ie wooden window that are exposed to the elements because paint has flaked, cracked or if chipped.
Beware, wet rot can also occur even if the paintwork looks perfect. This may occur as a result of a gap or the window not being sealed or inserted properly. To detect rot in a window that looks perfectly sealed, check the wood by lightly pressing on the suspected affected areas. If there is a section that is spongy or soft to the touch, or if a section starts to crumble, it is likely there is wet rot. If you suspect wet rot, there is no need to panic, as there are a number of practical solutions that we can advise on if you give us a call.