Often found within stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, sash windows usually consist of two or more movable panels that fit together to hold panes of glass. Although these windows can be slightly more expensive to buy and maintain than their standard counterparts, the sheer aesthetic they provide easily warrants the slight increase in price.
This design faded out somewhat a few decades ago, but just like everything else from those times sash windows are now experiencing a resurgence amongst hip and trendy homeowners. Admittedly, most windows of this design that you see walking down your local high street were made many moons ago, you can actually purchase brand news ones if you know where to look (try contacting Chris Mills, owner of Sash Smart, as they are currently the industry leaders in the UK).
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With that in mind, here are some details about the 3 main benefits of opting for sash over boring single frame, single pane windows.
- 1. Single Glazed Isn’t Your Only Option. Contrary to popular belief, you will have no trouble locating double glazed sash windows in todays marketplace. It’s certainly true that many of the old designs were built with a single panes in mind, but most can be adapted to allow for modern heating techniques. You might experience some problems whilst trying to adapt very old sash windows, but this shouldn’t really be an issue. With listed buildings you’re usually restricted with regards to what sort of changes can be made to the exterior of the property, however these restrictions will allow for the installation of new sash windows providing they match the aesthetic of the originals.
- 2. You Can Stay Dry With Sash. In the UK we experience some pretty dire weather for most of the year, and rain is always a concern. That said, although standard windows tend to let the elements in when opened, with the sash option it’s possible to create a very narrow opening, meaning that air can still circulate without rain soaking your carpets.
- 3. They Even Add Value To Your Home. It’s kind of hard to believe isn’t it, but having sash windows installed at your property can add a significant amount to the potential resale price, should you choose to move. People like to buy homes with at least a small element of character, so if both you and your neighbour decided to sell up at the same time, and you’ve got sash windows, which house do you think buyers will find more appealing? Exactly.
So there you have it my design conscious friends. Those are 3 of the main benefits you’ll encounter if you decide to have superior sash windows installed at your property. Just remember that, although the initial cost may be slightly higher, the atmosphere created will be far beyond that which you would expect from the standard casement windows. So it’s true to say that sash windows are worth every penny.
Good luck with your renovation my friends, I have every confidence that you will make the right decision.