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Reduce Your Carbon Foot Print With Sash Window Draught Proofing During This Winter Season

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Brian Shaw

Heating costs in homes continue to increase, usually because the price of heating fuel and power is increasing. You might be surprised to learn that you are increasing your heating costs when your windows are old and draughty. You can reduce your carbon foot print with sash window draught proofing this winter. Heating the air in your rooms and maintaining the comfort level is one thing; using your energy dollars to try to stay ahead of a cold draught.

As the wood in the windows ages, it can develop cracks in the wood and splits. Air might come through these splits. Caulking can dry out and develop deep crack. It may even cause the glazing to break up and drop away. When air comes through the area, sealant can be broken away.

You can get air leaks when the wind blows because of gaps in the sealant where the glass meets the wood. When new sealing compound is applied, the air leaks disappear. Also, you don't get the rattles and whistling sound from the wind pushing against the glass and moving the frames against the casements.

Leaks of air can appear if the wood window frame dries out and shrinks. Another problem with dry wood is that it will stick when you try to open or close the window. The wood doesn't dry uniformly. You may get the window to move correctly, but it might squeak. You might see splinters of dry wood break away from the body of the frame. When you sand the wood smooth and refinish it, the windows are tightened up and the draughts disappear.

A draught is movement of cold air in the room. The air is less heated than the regular room air so you tend to notice it more readily. When there is a draught, you feel cold so you put on a robe, wrap up in a blanket or don a sweater. Or, if you are like most people, you will turn up the thermostat a little.

Since most homes use some sort of carbon based fuel to provide energy for heating, you should make the best possible use of that energy. Don't waste the fuel sources of Planet Earth. Make the sash windows that you use weather tight and you will feel warmer without turning up the heat.

Every time you use fuel or energy sources in this way, you are wasting the natural resources of the planet. Instead of turning up the heat to try to feel warm this winter, why not take another path to comfort? You can reduce your carbon foot print with sash window draught proofing this winter.

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It Is Necessary To Know How To Repair Rot And Decay On Wooden Window Frames

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Julian Burgess

Damage to wood can sometimes be the ideal place for dry rot to get a foothold. If it does, serious damage to the window may be the result. The danger of this is especially very great in high humidity areas. Here is a way how to repair rot and decay on wooden windows

Dry rot is caused by the spores of fungi attacking a damaged spot in the wood. They send their filaments deep into the wood, sucking out moisture, eating away at the wood and multiplying. The wood dries out and shrinks. The spores cause structural damage to the wood. The result over time is severe decay.

The sooner dry rot is found and dealt with, the less expensive and simple it will be stop further destruction. The affected parts can be treated with borates and epoxy. These substances work by stabilizing wood in the problem areas. Prevention is better than cure and there are a few ways this can be done.

You can spoil the perfect little paradise that wet wood is for dry rot. The ideal world for these nasty little spores is one in which they have plenty of wet wood, the ideal temperature and enough oxygen. If you make sure that no water comes in contact with your wooden frames, the dry rot won't like the place anymore. It is a case of no water, no spores, no trouble.

It is important that you ensure there are no gaps or cracks that allow moisture in. You will also need to check on the condition of the wood for early signs of decay. If there is discoloration this could be signal of dry rot setting in. A further sign is a dry red powder around the wood. This indicates that action is needed to prevent more destruction.

If there is dry rot, give it a good fight. First things first. Make sure there is enough ventilation. If this does not help, launch the attack. Get out the borate and apply. This should get rid of the rot, but only if the area is dry. Water will wash it off.

If you notice some spots where the rot is starting to take hold, drill a hole and fill with epoxy resin. In case of big damage, this will not be effective. Replace the affected area with the treated wood.

There are more than one way to treat for dry rot, but this is usually quite effective. The secret is to remember wood and humidity equals trouble, especially if you do not know how to repair rot and decay on wooden windows.

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Window Sashes' Restoration Becomes A Snap For Owners Of Historic Homes

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Chris Burrows

Now that the days when historic properties were torn down or remodeled without a second thought to their historical value are gone, many homeowners of older homes seek quality refurbishment of their homes and the fixtures that make them so charming. Restoring historical properties to their original grandeur is possible if a little research is well made and if attention is paid to details. Sash window refurbishment is one of the little details that can make a big difference in a historic property's presentation.

At their most popular usage during the nineteenth century, sashed windows were first noted by artists by the mid-seventeenth century. This makes them treasures of the past.

Such an integral part of the culture and society of many different places throughout the world, the idea of window sashes being thrown opened figured into lively songs and holiday stories. Today's societies may often find such notions mysterious, and many people head to the web to learn exactly what a window sash is.

Comprised of two panels of six glass panes each, commonly, these window sets have cables of cloth, lead, or steel to lower or raise the bottom panel, usually. Individual panes of glass in each sash or panel are separated from the others by way of frames consisting of narrow wood muntins. Counterweights make the lowering and raising of the lower panel possible.

Particularly popular in the designs of Georgian and Victorian homes, cable window refurbishment often represents a broad problem for people restoring their own homes. Most sash windows are six by six pairings, with six panes in the lower panel and six panels in the upper panel, but in the Victorian era non-standard windows were commonly used. Finding panes to fit the era of the houses can be tricky, but in the interest of historical accuracy many people opt to replace broken panels with bubbled, oily, or wavy glass to put the windows back to their original condition.

Many people believe that older windows cannot be a good option for homeowners seeking more energy-efficient alternatives. Homes that have sashed windows are easily kept cool, though. If the upper panel can be lowered, all that needs to be done to create a breeze that circulates cool air through the room is to drop the top panel a bit as the bottom panel is raised. Warm air will exit through the top as cool air enters through the bottom. This represents one way that these windows can reduce energy bills.

People who choose to seek refurbishment of their original window units are often rewarded by the attention their historic property garners. The integrity of the property maintained, these homes are charming and alluring. Broad rays of light enter through antique reminders of bygone days, and this captures the attention of people passing the homes.

Antique sets may be affected by a number of ailments including rot, swelling or shrinking wood, cracking, and sagging. In some cases, windows will have lead residue. Care should be taken to ensure that no lead paint is inhaled. Consult area building codes for information on how to deal with lead during sash window refurbishment.

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Some Health Benefits Resulting From Sash Window Refurbishment

- - Sanny Tendilla

By James Trent

Perhaps you have heard about sash window refurbishment but do not really know what it is. You may know what they are but not how the work, or are supposed to work. Maybe you wish yours worked better, but are not aware of how they should work, or how they can be fixed.

These have been around for a long time, probably since at least 1658. They were quite common in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian style houses in England. The double version with both a top and bottom movable panel were popular the United States, but have become less so with the advent of air conditioning. Now many windows are designed not to open at all.

These ingenious devices were actually superior in that they have a bottom panel which can be opened by raising and a top panel which opens by lowering. This arrangement allows hotter air, which will rise to the top of a room near the ceiling, to vent out the top opening creating a slight vacuum in the room. As this happens, cooler, fresh air from outside will be gently sucked in through the bottom opening. This air, being cooler will tend to stay in the bottom of the room where the people are.

Thus we have a naturally operating system of air circulation, saving electricity and wear on the forced air system. That system can be reserved for very hot days or parts of days. In this way maintenance work and system replacement can be delayed and minimized.

Many people are justifiably concerned about outdoors air quality. They may not know that indoor air quality in an average home can be seven times worse than the outside air quality. The reason for this is simple. The construction materials used in the home, paneling, carpeting, drywall, and paint contain numerous toxic chemicals like formaldehyde which constantly out gas into the air. Furniture materials, pesticides, chemicals used for household cleaning, so called air fresheners, perfumed body care products and scented candles further degrade air quality.

This is especially hazardous in newer homes. During the first two years of a home's life a large part of these chemicals are depleted and filtered out of the building by means of the occupant's lungs and bodies. Likewise, while small amounts of toxic chemicals may not have a noticeable effect on health, the cumulative effect can be devastating.

Some toxins never are expelled from the body and the toxic load can build to a point where the body is simply unable to cope any longer. Mysterious, chronic health issues may start to show up. These might not ever be associated with toxic air at home.

While the toxic levels might not be significant individually, the cumulative effect on the inhabitant's health may be major. Tightly sealed buildings and recirculation of toxic air can result in dangerous buildups of unhealthy air. Air conditioning will not do anything to remove these chemical from the home. On the other hand sash window refurbishment can make them work as intended and help create a healthy home environment.

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Hard Wood Windows Or Soft Wood Windows Which Will Last Longer And Why They Vary

- - Sanny Tendilla

By Larry David

Choosing the right design of windows for your home can often be a complicated task as today the number of options are vast. If you want to opt for style that adds character to the property you should explore the option of installing wooden window frames. These can look great on any building no matter what its age. Before choosing a particular option you will need to be clear on the answer to the following question so that your money is invested wisely - hard wood windows or soft wood windows which will last longer and why?

You are likely to already understand that there is a selection of hardwood and softwood species that can be used to create window frames. Softwood includes trees such as cedar, spruce, yew, hemlock, and pine whereas hardwood would include cherry, mahogany, oak, beech, as well as maple. Before you make a choice you will need to consider the durability and longevity, these are more important factors in the long term than the initial cost.

As a rule, those frames made out of softwood are going to be quicker to show the signs of wear and tear than styles made from harder woods, this is because of the different internal structures. All hardwoods have internal vessels that were used for water movement whereas softwood varieties instead feature tracheids. You can see this for yourself by examining the profile of the different types of wood, hardwood has visible pores that are not present on softer woods.

No matter what type of design you opt for it is essential that the wood is given the right kind of treatment to increase its longevity. There is no point in spending a lot of money on wooden window frames only to forego important protective measures to guard against the rain and strong sun.

Another issue which should not be overlooked is that hard wood frames cannot be damaged as easily by scratches as knocks as compared to the soft wood options. It would require much less effort to preserve a hardwood frame.

It is worth mentioning that a hard wood window is tougher to work with due to its strength. For this reason you will see that most hard wood frames have relatively basic and simple designs. Of course it is possible for a carpenter to create a complex style though this would require more time and skill.

Whichever option you decide upon you can be certain that it will offer a natural and elegant appearance. Choosing the right window frames for your home can even raise its market value and desirability.

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