It’s not uncommon for windows to close less tightly over time. It can be quite easy to solve this yourself, depending on the issue.
Start by opening the window or door and cleaning out any dirt and debris inside the frame.
If that doesn’t help, you might need to adjust the closing mechanisms. There are lots of helpful videos online that will show you how to do this, and you should be able to find one for the type of mechanism you have.
If adjustment doesn’t help, you might need to replace some of the components, such as the hinges. If this isn’t something you want to tackle yourself, contact a local window and door supplier for advice.
Tricky… very tricky!
Air tends to come in through the gaps between the sliding sashes and from the rope openings. It can happen even with brand-new units, just because of the sliding nature of these windows.
There are DIY options like stick-on seals. If you’ve tried those, you’ve probably found that they come unstuck over time.
There’s a reusable product called GapSeal, which you work into the gaps between the sliding sashes as the cold weather approaches. It means you can’t then open your windows, but you can remove it in the spring, and keep it for the next winter. We haven’t tried it yet but we plan to and we’ll post an update here.
You can also pick up some helpful advice on the DIY Doctor website.
We also recommend Historic England’s guidance on draughtproofing sash windows.
This is where you fit an additional window unit between your outer window and the room. It stops the draughts from your outer window coming any further into your room.
They can be helpful when you have single-glazed or draughty windows that you can’t replace (for example, if your home is listed).
They come in a lot of different styles nowadays. We’d suggest contacting your local window firms to find out what options they can offer.
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Shutters can be a good solution for reducing heat loss through the glass in your windows. In fact, they’re as effective as double glazing, according to Historic England.
Depending on the type you choose and the nature of your walls, though, they may not be as effective at stopping draughts. If draughtproofing is one of your reasons for installing shutters, they’ll need to make a good seal around the window reveal. Discuss this with your installer.
Shutters can be fitted internally (inside your room) or externally.