Reasons to Improve Your Home with Sash Windows
Sash windows are a great choice when updating windows, but sadly, few people choose them. Instead, the standard choice of window for homes tends to be simple uPVC double glazing, as they are energy efficient, reduce noise pollution, and require little maintenance.
However, rather than selecting these plain modern windows, consider installing traditional sash windows when you carry out home improvements.
Here are just a handful of reasons why sash windows may be the right choice for you…
A Range of Styles
When most people think of sash windows, they probably envisage simple two pane wooden structures. However, you may be surprised to know that sash windows are available in a range of different styles, materials and finishes.
Choose between one and two sashes (whereby only one or both sections open), with vertical or horizontal openings. You also have the option of Victorian style single panes, Georgian inspired multiple panes and elaborate bay windows. There’s also the choice of traditional materials such as metal and wood, as well as modern easy clean uPVC.
While you can buy uPVC sash windows, there’s evidence to suggest that wooden sash windows last longer than their counterparts. Obviously, in order to get the full lifespan from a wooden window, you will have to perform regular maintenance. This includes re-varnishing and/or repainting, replacing the sash window cord and making sure they don’t become jammed shut.
Most companies offer a 10 year guarantee with uPVC double glazing, with the building research company projecting an average 35 year lifespan. Wooden frames, on the other hand, can last many decades more, as long as they’re correctly looked after.
They’re Aesthetically Appealing
The bonus with uPVC sash windows is that they have all of the economic benefits you would expect from double glazing, while the finish is still in keeping with older properties. This is especially important when it comes to selling your home, as modern windows can damage the resale value of a period property.
However, before you choose uPVC, again consider the longevity. In terms of their aesthetics, white uPVC windows do discolour and can turn to more of a yellow shade. While wooden sash windows can be easily updated and repainted.
Typically, wooden sash windows do cost more to install, largely because they’re more complex in style and function. This factor can often put people off, but when you compare the long term costs, standard uPVC and wooden sash windows carry the same sort of price.
Over their long life span, wooden sash windows only require the cost of maintenance, such as paint and some practical household hand tools. Standard uPVC double glazing, however, will need replacing much quicker, thus negating any difference in the original price.
So, would you consider sash windows? They come in a range of style, look good and have a long life span, making them a great option when improving your home.