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'Servicing' old windows - very drafty!

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by MattB83, 3 Oct 2021.

  1. MattB83

    MattB83

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    It seems to be the week for doors going wrong but I'm also thinking about my windows at the moment. I've got very old upvc windows and they're very VERY drafty. I sometimes think I must have left the one next to our bed open but...no, it's just the wind whistling through it somehow.

    Most of the windows are like this and although I realise that newer windows are going to be much better, I don't have the cash at the moment and I'm wondering if there are things we can do to make the old ones better.

    I was thinking a first step would be to replace the seals around them - although some look like they are far from shutting flush - I'm not sure if this is about hinge adjustment?

    Another thing that window salesmen comment on is the fact that they are externaly beaded. Although to me, the beading looks ok - should this be replaced periodically?

    any advice appreciated!
     
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  3. ronniecabers

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    Externally window beading is fine..that is just a salesman trying to get a sale lol
    You say you have some gaps between the sashes and the frames? If it's hinge side it will require new hinges
    Get a sample gasket set off the likes of evil Bay to try different gaskets
     
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    The external beading is unlikely to be contributing to the draught. The only problem with external beading is that it is fairly easy to remove with simple tools to allow the glass to be lifted out without creating any noise. It's a security issue not a draught issue.
     
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    My God, I thought this thread said 'Servicing old widows’. :eek:
     
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    Not always true... a lot of externally beaded windows either wedge gasket or a security tape, some also have security clips. But there are certainly some that are very easy to remove but they are in a minority
     
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    LOL - that's like when I tell my toddler that it's not the ghosts he should be scared of - it's the burglars ;)
     
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