Painting in the rain

This week (and last),  Chris has been painting some 16 pane windows.  Typically last week,  when the work mostly consisted of taking apart, stripping and prepping the sashes and frames - the weather was mostly dry. 

 Cue this week where the next phase is the actual painting - and it's helpfully been tipping it down. Well we can't let the 'good old English summer' get in the way. (let's face it,  we would hardly be painting if we did!)

Luckily,  we can take the individual sash's out to do most of the painting,  so it gets done inside in the dry. We do need to keep an eye on the weather to get the windows back in and also to paint the frames,  a but a heavy shower in middle  a of the day won't slow us down! One my reasons that we take them apart to paint. 

Written by Sam, Renosash  

 

Sash Window Stroud, Gloucestershire

Sash Window Stroud, Gloucestershire

Sash windows: an introduction.

So, what are sash windows?

A sash window recently renovated and painted by Renosash 2016.

A sash window recently renovated and painted by Renosash 2016.

Well, at the most basic level,  they are windows that have movable glazed panels. The panels are called sashes and there are normally 2 sashes per window. There is a top sash (which is normally in front) and a bottom sash (which is normally behind) Most commonly,  the sashes slide vertically, and both can be opened at the same time to create an airflow.  There are sash  windows that open horizontally which are known as Yorkshire sash windows (we haven’t actually ran across any down in Gloucestershire yet. If you have some that need a service, please get in touch here.

Each sash has a frame which holds panes of glass.  They can be single panes, which fill the sash frame, or multi-panes. In which case there is more than one pane inside the frame which are separated by glazing bars.  

The sashes sit inside a box frame. This is a frame which has hollow sections on either side.  Inside these sections sit the sash cord, the weights and the pully.  The sash cord connects the weight to the sash.  The weights are commonly made of steel or lead.  The weight inside the box needs to equal the weight of the sash to which it is attached.  This is what makes the window stay where you put it.

That pretty much sums up the basics of the windows. As with most things there are lots of accessories that can be added to make the window more energy efficient (draught-proofing brush pile for example) ,  easier to use (finger lifts) or more secure (sash stops and locking fasteners come to mind).

Of course the window will work without these accessories.  However we believe that the above accessories are beneficial to keeping your home secure and draught -free,  and that’s why they are included as part of our draught-proofing service.

Written by Sam Causon,  Renosash.