The sash window is an integral part of British architectural history. Dating back to the 17th century, they’ve been a common sight in both large stately homes and more modest houses ever since. There are a number of considerations when it comes to changing your sash windows, so it’s important to do some research before investing in new ones. This article hopes to clear up any misconceptions and queries you may have.
Why do you need new sash windows?
One of the first things to ask is why you need to replace your sash windows in the first place. It could be that they’re old and worn, and no longer provide a good seal around the frame to keep the cold out. If this the case, it might be best to first consider contacting a company who could repair your sash windows. Sometimes all they’ll need is a little TLC and they’ll be good as new.
But if you’re certain that you need some new ones, there are a whole host of companies who sell replacement sash windows. You may want to replace your windows with new, more thermally efficient double glazed sash windows, or simply want to give your house a bit of a facelift. Below are some things you should consider.
The style of your house
As we said before, sash windows have a long architectural heritage, and if your house is from the Georgian, Regency, or Victorian period, you’ll want to buy new windows that are in keeping with the style. Sash windows for period properties should be chosen carefully to ensure you get the right style.
There are a number of different styles including Venetian, which consists of a central sliding sash with two fixed side panes, Queen Anne revival style, which involves several panes in the upper sash, but just one in the lower sash, and Regency and Gothic revival sashes which are often arched instead of rectangular. So make sure you do a bit of research into the style of sash your house has before making the investment.
The frame material
For most people buying sash windows, wood is the only material for the frame. As most people will be buying sash windows to be in keeping with the style of the building, wood is the prime choice. Wood is very durable, and a great insulator, but will require more maintenance. But it is a common misconception that they’re difficult to maintain. The use of modern finishes means wooden frames don’t require that much tending to.
PVCu is the most common substitute for wooden frames. Although PVC window often comes in white, it is possible to get them with a photo-effect wooden finish. Although this won’t quite cut the mustard for hardcore conservationists, PVCu windows are cheaper than timber, and easier to maintain. However, they are more expensive to repair if they do break.
We hope this article has cleared up any questions you may have had about sash windows, and you now feel more prepared to make the investment! Let us know via our Twitter what you’d like to learn more about, or what you found most interesting!