A Guide To Sash Windows

Sash windows are a traditional window type that has been a popular and appealing part of the design of buildings for centuries, especially during the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian period houses in the UK. Sash windows not only look fantastic, but they offer great ventilation that helps to keep a property fresh and airy all year round. Sash windows are back in style, and whether you are searching for a traditional sash window to be installed in a property refurbishment project, or you are looking to restore sash windows, find a supplier that has experience in the field and understands how best to accentuate the look you are seeking without compromising on the quality of the finish. 

How does a sash window work?

A sash window is made up of two glazed timber frames. These are known as sashes. The sashes slide up and down inside a track or a channel, which is in the surrounding window case. The sashes are hung on sash cords, which are connected to lead or iron counterweights. These counterweights help to counterbalance the weight of the sashes and make them easy to open and close.

How long have sash windows been about?

The first time that timber windows had a system of weights and pulleys applied to them was in the late 17th century. Therefore, you see sash windows in period properties throughout the UK traditionally. This new system became popular, as they were present in a wide variety of property styles, including stately homes and townhouses. Sash windows are easy to open and close and they provide fantastic ventilation. In the early days, sash windows used thick strips of timber that divided the sashes into small panes. These were called Georgian bars, but as the technology used to make glass improved over time, it was possible to install larger panes and by the time the 18th century came around sash windows had larger panes of glass in each window.

What materials are used to make sash windows?

In recent decades it has been possible to make sash windows from uPVC, which has thermal insulation benefits, but the traditional sash windows were made with timber, and this has also seen a revival in recent times. Timber has even greater energy efficiency properties as well as promoting that original, authentic feel to the aesthetic of a period property. Every property is different of course, and the choice of material could change depending on a few factors.

Once you have decided to go with a traditional sash window style for the property you are developing, it is vital that you find the perfect suppliers to help you achieve the desired aesthetic. There are many suppliers of sash windows on the market, some of them providing traditional sash windows, others using modern uPVC sash windows, and you can also upgrade to install double-glazing as part of the sash window frame, combining a modern requirement that helps with energy efficiency and noise reduction without compromising on the style and aesthetic of the property.