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A step by step guide to the restoration of period windows by Impressions Painters and Decorators

A step-by-step guide on how to restore sash bay windows in a Georgian house

Here we explain how to restore sash bay windows in a Georgian house.

Our clients Georgian period home needed its sash bay windows restored. We have worked on the restoration of many period houses around Dublin, Wicklow and Meath. As a result, we have over 30 years experience dealing with varying types of sash windows as each period house is different.

In this example, our client wanted to repair rather than replace the existing woodwork.

Step 1 - Period window restoration in Killiney we exposed all cracks by Impressions Painting and Decorating
Step 1 – How to restore sash windows in a Georgian house

First, we exposed all cracks and potentially rotten wood. Then we injected any areas of the sash window that was rotten, with wet rot hardener, which creates a sound surface in which to fill. The best way to treat rotten wood in all period sash windows is with wet rot hardener.

Step 2 - Period window in Killiney were primed with aluminium primer by Impressions Painting and Decorating
Step 2 – How to restore windows in a Georgian house

Next, we primed the wood with aluminium primer to protect the wood and make sure the surface was prepared for epoxy filler. In most cases, raw exposed wood is treated with aluminium primer for maximum protection.

Step 3 -Period window restoration in Killiney by Impressions we filled with epoxy sanded, undercoated and caulked
Step 3 – How to restore windows in a Georgian house

After this, we flush-filled all holes and cracks using an epoxy filler from Ronseal.

Step 4 - Period window restoration in Killiney by Impressions Painting we finished by painting in white gloss
Step 4 – How to restore windows in a Georgian house

We sanded smooth and undercoated the filler once it was dry until it was solid white. This usually takes two to three coats and is finished in exterior hard gloss.

In some cases, it may be necessary to get our associates in to remove sash windows to free them up, and re-weight the sash windows to make sure they have smooth movement and do not stick.

Step 5 - A beautiful period window restoration by Impressions Painting and Decorating in Killiney
Step 6 – How to restore windows in a Georgian house

To finish, draft excluding strips would be fitted to ensure no more drafts in the sash windows. Now the sash windows will be draft-proofed.

Do you need your sash windows restored?

If you like what we have done on this job, and would like to discuss sash window restoration in your period home, please call Paul on 0872704879 or contact us for a quote.

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