Sliding Sash Windows
Sliding Sash Windows
Sliding sash windows are the perfect choice for any period property offering a timeless appeal.
They also work well for traditional style newer properties and can be either UPVC or timber depending on the personal preference of the homeowner and the style of other homes in the area. We offer a wide range of windows but as a company have chosen not to work with UPVC sliding sash windows, preferring instead to work solely with timber windows, and doors. This means that all of our staff including our fitters are experts in what they do and know our product range inside out.
We use a RAL colour chart for our sash windows to give our customers the most choice, and our designs offer a great energy rating that makes them the ideal choice for those home owners who are looking for an alternative to casement windows. We also have a number of options when it comes to doors as well which complement our windows perfectly; the right door is a great way to give your home real curb appeal.
What is a sliding sash window?
Sash windows are the type of window that does not have a hinge to help them open. A traditional timber sash window will usually be made up of two sashes, these either slide up and down (vertical sliding sash windows), or side to side (horizontal sliding sash windows), one behind the other, depending on the type of sash window that you have. Traditionally they also have a rather deep bottom rail which adds to their character.
How do UPVC sliding sash windows work?
These windows work by moving in vertical grooves in the window frame and are counterbalanced by a load mechanism comprising weights on cords. Sliding sash windows refers to the type of windows that can be opened both top or bottom, or both and from either side. Commonly these types of windows do not have any outward swing, however more modern window designs offer a tilt function which makes them much easier when it comes to cleaning the outside.
The glazed area of the timber sashes are made up of smaller panes of glass divided by glazing bars. The era of the property will usually determine the number of panes that are present in your window.
UPVC windows generate a lot of waste and are not particularly environmentally friendly, which is one of the reasons we choose to specialise in timber products.
Replacing your windows
If you are looking to replace sash windows in a period property, then it is important to consider your options carefully in order to ensure that you select the right features as there have been a number of changes to the style of sash windows over the years and adding the wrong ones could result in your home looking different to other similar local properties.
What styles are available?
Some styles of sash window feature sash horns – these are protrusions that project downward from the base of the upper UPVC sash or timber sash of your window and are fixed in place at both ends of the central bar of your window frame. These are a small decorative feature that can be found in a number of window designs.
How sliding sash windows work
As a window style, the humble sash window has been around for many years and works very well to allow either a little air into a room or more, depending on the weather outside. In terms of energy efficiency this is great news because it puts you completely in control.
Inside the frame of each window is a weight and cord system that allows the window to be pushed up or down, to open or close, these weights, or as they are sometimes referred to balances, can be completely concealed within chambers in the frame so that they are not seen, or can be created in a selection of colours to match your frames if you would prefer them to be visible. This sophisticated mechanism allows the window to stay open until you want to close it.
It is important however to ensure that your windows are maintained so that the mechanism does not become damaged. Both timber and UPVC sliding sash windows work on the same principle.
What are the benefits of sash windows?
The first and most obvious benefit of sliding sash windows is that if you have a period house then the windows will be very much in keeping with the style of your home. Sliding sash windows in London are ubiquitous and a fundamental feature of the city’s aesthetic. Whilst there are plenty of UPVC sliding sash windows on the market, timber sash windows in particular box sash windows may be more in keeping with the surrounding architecture of the area where you live. This can be a particularly important consideration for homeowners in a conservation areas.
Why are they popular?
Sliding sash windows are the second most popular type of window design in the UK, only casement windows are more popular. They really add a touch of character to any building and can even add value to your home. Whilst sash windows UPVC are a popular choice with many customers we prefer to work only with timber frames which can be ordered for delivery directly from the factory in a range of different RAL colour options.
How much do sash windows cost?
As with any type of windows if you are looking to install sliding sash frames in your property then prices will vary based on a number of different factors. If you have decided that this is the type of window that you would like to install then we will be able to complete a full quote for you during which we will visit your property, take careful measurements and take all of the relevant details in order to produce an accurate price. This will be based on the size, colour finishes, and number of timber sash, or UPVC vertical sliding sash frames that you will need, it will also consider any additional details such as the sash cords, sash horns and glazing options that you might want to consider.
How do I get an idea of price?
If you would like a rough estimate of the cost for your new windows, then we offer an instant quote tool that will allow you to select the type of timber sash windows that you are looking for and the number. This will provide you with an idea of the prices.
If you want to complete the new look of your property we also have a selection of doors available that can really complete the facade of your building, our collection includes both timber and UPVC doors.
Can sash windows add value to my property?
As with any improvements that you make to your property sliding sash windows can indeed add value to your property. This is especially true if your current windows are not actually in keeping with the architecture of your property and you are looking correct this by adding sashes that are more in keeping with the style and architecture of the area. The right windows, correctly fitted, can also help to improve the security of your home.
If your windows are not the right style for your property then there is a good chance that your front door isn’t either so it can be a good idea to consider replacing this at the same time.
Are sash windows safe?
One issue with sliding sash windows people are worried about, and particularly parents with younger children is, are sash windows actually safe? It is easy to see why they might be concerned about the safety aspect of this type of window, particularly when they are opened from the bottom and slid up leaving a large gap at the bottom which could be a fall risk for a small child. It is important to remember that all types of window can be considered to be unsafe for young children under these circumstances, this is an issue with both UPVC sash windows and timber sash windows.
There are however steps that you can take to ensure that the sliding sash of your window will not pose a safety risk. We can fit restrictors to your vertical sliding sash windows as an extra option. These will not affect the performance of your windows but will improve their security and make a safer environment for your children.
It is also important to remember if you have used the tilt function on your sash windows for cleaning purposes to return them to the correct position after you have finished.
When do I need to consider new windows?
Over time timber windows, UPVC sash windows, and even doors will suffer from exposure to the elements and their condition deteriorate. Whilst there are a number of measures that you can take to prolong the life of your wooden frames such as regular maintenance, there will come a point where it is better to replace them with new vertical sliding sash windows that will help to keep your home more energy efficient.
If your windows are only single glazed then it is certainly worth a look at double glazed units and a new sash design that will not only improve the heat retention in your home but also add to its overall charm.
Can I just replace the glass?
The glass in our window sashes has been tested to the highest exposure category and will offer you all of the benefits that you need in terms of better performance. If the frames of your windows are in good condition but the issue is with the performance of the glazing itself then we can also help you with replacement glass.
If you would like to discuss new timber sliding sash windows for your home, then get in touch and our experts will be happy to discuss each possible option with you.