A Quick Guide to Sash Windows

You may have heard of or seen sash windows, but what exactly are they, and what are the benefits of this type of window? Sash windows are a great choice if you want to go for a more traditional look in your home. Read on to find out how these windows work, what types there are, what the benefits are and more useful information. 

What are sash windows?

Sash windows are a traditional type of window made of one or more panels, or sashes, that slide open either vertically or horizontally. You have likely seen them in period properties, as they were particularly popular in Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian times. Modern sash windows still retain their traditional look, but with many practical updates that increase eco-efficiency and security. 

What are the benefits?

Sash windows are great for giving your home a traditional look, or if you live in a period property, for maintaining the style of the building. Indeed, if you’re lucky enough to live in a listed building or a conservation area, authentic sash windows may be required to maintain the area or property’s heritage. On that note, if you do live in a protected building or area, check if you need planning permission before you make any renovations to your property. Aside from their traditional look, sash windows also boast great ventilation as they encourage a strong airflow which can be a great asset during the summer. When closed, most modern sash windows offer good insulation and draught-proofing to keep you warm during the winter. Make sure to invest in double-glazed sash windows for the best insulation and energy efficiency. 

Where can I get them installed? 

Make sure to choose a trusted window installer that is recognised by a body such as FENSA. Check out reviews and testimonials to see what other customers’ experiences were like, and make sure to ask lots of questions before committing. Get a free quote and see if it seems reasonable and fair. If you live in the London area, dmwindowsolutions.com are a good choice for sash window installation.

What types are there?

There are three main sash window styles, named after the periods in which they most popular. Georgian sash windows have ‘six over six’ panes, Victorian windows have ‘two over two’ panes, and Edwardian sash windows feature a ‘six over two’ design. Which you choose will depend on your personal tastes and the style of your property. If you have a home from any of the aforementioned eras, it’s advisable to get windows to match the aesthetic of the rest of the house.

Caring for your sash windows

Like any other window, sash windows need frequent cleaning to keep them working at their best. To prevent your sash window sticking when opening, keep the channels clean and free from dust. If you have timber sash windows, try to paint them every five years or so to protect the timber and keep your windows looking fresh.