Timber sash windows & doors maintenance

What’s the best way to make sure your traditional French doors & timber sash windows stay looking beautiful? Regular maintenance.

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As is the case with most things in life, timber sash windows and traditional French doors need to be looked after if you want them to last.

While maintenance may be the last thing on your mind, and it’s easy to push it back until next year, it’s not recommended. Plus the fact, window and door maintenance isn’t actually as difficult as it sounds.

Why you should maintain your windows and doors

You wouldn’t leave your car unwashed for years. It looks so much nicer when it looks all sparkly and clean, and the same can be said for your windows and doors.

It means the factory spray paint stays brighter for longer because dirt and dust isn’t sitting on it all-year round. Rot, which mainly develops from dead insects, dirt, small leaves etc, is less likely to form too.

Back to the car analogy….If you don’t get your car fixed and it has a fault, it doesn’t magically go away. If anything, it gets worse. In addition, the cost of fixing it once it’s worse is likely to be much higher than if you sorted the problem right away.

It’s the same with windows and doors. If there is a small fault, it’ll only create a bigger problem if left, which means you’ll wind up paying for it further down the line.

What happens if you don’t look after them?

All of this will happen (maybe not at the same time, but it will happen at some point):

  1. Your new windows and doors will rot (especially if they’re softwood).
  2. You’ll have dirt and grime build-up, making your new windows and doors look really old.
  3. The cost of maintaining and repairing them will be even more expensive in the future.
  4. If your seals have worn away, water will start coming in through your windows and doors or around them.

How to look after your windows and doors

Inspect your windows and doors fortnightly or, at the very least, monthly. Look for any dirt build-up, chips or cracks in the paint. Dealing with these issues early on will only take 5 minutes of your time and £20 at the most.

Your windows and doors need to be regularly cleaned on the outside too, ideally once a month. If your budget is tight, aim for at least 4 times a year.

Meanwhile, all timber sash windows and traditional French doors need to be regularly painted too. Unless they’re made in Accoya, all windows and doors should be painted every 4 to 6 years.

Nobody likes the idea of maintaining their windows and doors, but it’s crucial if you want them to stay beautiful for as long as possible. Small steps and planning go a long way in saving you time and money.

And if you don’t have time, that’s OK. Most services, like decorators or window cleaners, will let you know when your windows and doors are in need of a little TLC.