A guide to basic maintenance of your windows

Sash windows are sometimes sold by companies as maintenance free. This is not the case. Sash windows require very little maintenance but you should ensure that you carry out the following measures to enjoy a longer life span from your windows:

  • – Regularly paint windows every three to four years dependent on location and exposure to weather elements.
  • – Cills and bottom rails should be painted every two years.
  • – Linseed oil should be applied to sand mastic seal to retain its flexibility and to stop it drying out.

Useful Information For Historic Building Owners

Further information can be found on our home page here at Historic Scotland’s guide to care and maintenance.

Very useful guidance notes for owners of listed buildings and residents who live in conservation areas. This Historic Scotland document also details handy tips on the care and repair of sash and case windows.

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