Building Maintenance in a Changing Climate

Building Maintenance in a Changing Climate says “every £1 ‘saved’ by not carrying out preventative maintenance could cost £20 in repairs in 5 years”.

The guide has been prepared by Edinburgh World Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

It advises on how to protect the buildings against damage. It also lets people know how to identify damage to old sash windows and how to carry out repairs to keep properties wind and watertight.

The new guidance reports that Edinburgh will face unprecedented weather events, with homes being disproportionately affected by changing rainfall patterns and an increase in extreme weather events.

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Will Your Sash Windows Survive Another Winter?


Watch our video on how to test your windows for any signs of rotted wood

Checking for rot wood on window surfaces is very simple and straight forward. All you require is a screw driver and a good ear to listen to the sound of the wood as you tap it with the screwdriver.

Timber is a fantastic, stylish material – but timber windows are very often exposed to the elements. Meaning they can easily rot without any visible sings. If you notice any moisture getting through your window – it’ll be for the best to check if your frame isn’t suffering from any rot. If you notice any rot, then they are in bad need of sash window repair.


Another indication that your windows are in a poor condition is if they have black mold forming around the bottom areas of the windows

Black mold can be a health hazard, though small amounts of mold probably won’t hurt us. There is no species of mold that is ‘safe’ when inhaled. Those tiny spores could cause a host of health problems; mostly in people with respiratory problems, allergies or a compromised immune system.

Symptoms of mold exposure may include headache, sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and fatigue.  In those with asthma, asthma attacks can occur.  In those with impaired immune systems, serious infection can occur.

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How Can I Have My Exterior Windows Repaired?

We offer a full service to restore rotted sash windows. This includes replacing any rotten timber, fully painting, re pointing with traditional sand mastic. We can also fully draught proof the windows and fit new sash ropes.

How Can I Have My Interior Windows Treated For Black Mold?

We offer a full interior sash and case painting and refurbishment service which protects your interior windows against black mold, condensation and wood rot. Our Interior window painting consists of preparing the original paint surfaces, treating any black mold and any rotted wood.

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