Sash windows are considered to be a staple of traditional architectural design and for good reason. They’re not only attractive but usually much taller than your average modern double glazed window, allowing plenty of natural light transmission. Sadly, it seems that these days they’ve fallen out of favour and are no longer fitted to new homes in the numbers they once were.
Luckily, the option of sash windows is available to anyone looking for a window upgrade or replacement windows. In this article, we’ll provide you with several benefits that make sash windows difficult to ignore.
What Are Sash Windows?
Essentially any window that features a top to bottom sliding mechanism to facilitate opening. You will usually find the upper pane fixed into place with the bottom pane free to open and close at will.
The traditional sash window was a timber framed single glazed unit but much more modern installations are now available which still retain that traditional design.
- Energy Efficient
With the onset of modern glazing techniques, sash windows no longer have to mean a draughty and cold house. The best sash windows are able to achieve an ‘A’ for efficiency which means they’re as energy efficient as any other type of window system you could install.
The option to install double glazed panes of glass means that sash windows will assist in insulating your house much more efficiently, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
If you have ever spent much time travelling around the capital, you are bound to have come across the old Georgian properties that are so prevalent in certain areas. One thing each of these properties has in common is that they’ve all retained the traditional architectural features that makes them so desirable, and one large part of the appeal is the presence of sash windows.
The conservation laws of the UK also go a long way to protect the historical integrity of period properties which includes sash windows.
- High Security
All modern sash windows are available with the same great security features fitted to your existing windows. This includes robust locking mechanisms as well as Georgian bars which prevent easy access from unwanted intruders.
You can also readily have window restrictors fitted if you have young children within your family.
High quality sash windows should perform at their best for decades without any significant maintenance. This is even more so the case if you were to opt for a uPVC frame but even a timber framed window can last for upwards of 60 years.
Sash windows are available in more styles than you might think. Wooden sash windows in Upper Norwood are fitted to many homes in the area and each homeowner has chosen a design based upon their own unique tastes. The best thing for you to do would be to visit a local window showroom and see which style you prefer and would suit your home the best.
You can’t beat traditional design for adding a touch of class to any property so consider sash windows when you undertake your next home renovation.