What is a sash window?
Our sash windows combine 21st-century technology with classic period styling. Available in a choice of high-performance materials, their vertically-sliding sashes allow for convenient ventilation of the home. In this guide, we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions we receive about our sash windows.
What is a sash window?
Sash windows are a traditional feature that became popular in the Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian periods. Thanks to their distinctive design and aesthetics they have become a big part of our architectural heritage, but they are still installed today using modern materials and advanced methods.
A sash window, also known as a hung sash window, is made of one or more movable panels, or “sashes” that open by sliding vertically up. Sash windows can either be double-hung, where both sashes are operational, or single hung, where only one sash can be moved.
What are the benefits of sash windows?
Installing sash windows can see a big return on investment as they offer homeowners a variety of attractive benefits. Sash windows are a great option for homeowners who are looking for traditional, yet stylish, and energy-efficient window fittings. Adding quality-made sash windows to your home can increase the property’s value and help to create a widely-desired period aesthetic.
Installing sash windows will allow you to make the most of modern technology with:
- Increased window security
- Reduced noise and air pollution
- Improved energy efficiency
- Reduced heating bills
What material can I have for my sash windows?
Timber is the traditional material of choice for vertically-sliding windows. However, we install uPVC sash windows too. These sash window materials have different qualities, although you can expect beautiful looks and exceptional performance regardless of which you prefer.
Why choose uPVC sash windows
uPVC is essentially reinforced plastic, one of the most common window materials, and is typically what most white windows are made from. uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. uPVC is often a more budget-friendly material compared to timber and aluminium; however, a cheaper price does not reflect lower quality.
Thanks to advances in uPVC production, these frames can be created in a wide variety of colours and finishes, not just the traditional white option. Our uPVC sash windows come in a wide range of smooth and woodgrain finishes, allowing you to adapt their appearance to match new and older properties alike. We have a large number of shades, such as Anthracite Grey, Chartwell Green & Golden Oak. Plus, if you’d like a different finish for the interior and exterior framing, which is known as a dual colour option, we have this available too.
Why choose timber sash windows?
Although wooden windows are particularly suited to period and country properties, the natural beauty of timber gives them a timeless appeal. So, they look good just about anywhere. They also require much less maintenance than popular misconceptions suggest. You’ll only ever need to retreat them every decade or so, whilst the odd wipe down will keep them looking their best in the meantime.
Since sash windows reflect period British styling, it is definitely a good idea to consider using real timber frames, especially if you want your sash windows to look as authentic as possible. If you live in a conservation area, timber may be your only choice. Conservation areas are designed to protect areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which is considered worthy of preservation or enhancement. The best way to know if you live in a conservation area or not is to get in touch with your local council, however, we are happy to advise and help you out with this too.
How much do sash windows cost?
Each sash window installation is individual to the home. To get an accurate cost, we would highly recommend coming to us for a free, no-obligation, quote. Our team is on hand and happy to help whenever you are ready.
Are sash windows energy efficient?
Our sash windows, whether you choose timber or uPVC, offer innovative designs that guarantee energy efficiency. The multi-chambered, heating trapping, profile of uPVC, and the naturally insulating make-up of timber offer enviable energy-efficient benefits.
Not only will our incredible sash window design keep you cosy and warm when you need it most, but it will also help reduce the amount of energy you consume. The long-lasting heat will help to keep your home warmer for longer, which in turn, will help to reduce the costs of your heating bills.
When paired with our double glazing, both uPVC and timber sash window profiles offer ultra-low U-values and an ‘A++’ Windows Energy Rating, ensuring that they offer only an exceptional standard of energy efficiency.
How do I clean my sash windows?
If you clean your glazing and sash frame surfaces often, it will help your windows to function more effectively, both in terms of moving parts and when it comes to the basic functions of a window: letting light in and keeping draughts out.
We simply recommend you remove any dirt or grime from the frame with a wet soapy cloth and wipe over to dry after cleaning to remove excess water. As with any cleaning, the more often you do it, the easier it is. The most important thing to remember when cleaning windows is your own safety; don’t attempt to reach places that put your safety at risk!
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If you’d like to talk to us about improving your home, our experts are on hand and ready to help. Get in touch online or give us a call on 01252 370917.
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