Why Sash Windows
To many, sash windows are a significant feature of our historical architecture and synonymous with the Georgian and Victorian eras. In fact, sash windows date back as far as the 1600s in London, but even further than that across parts of Europe. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in sash windows, but there are good reasons for that.
The abominations produced by some replacement window companies of the seventies and eighties have finally been exposed for what they are: unhealthy because they provide inadequate ventilation, fire traps as the openings, even when present, are often too small to climb through, and lacking in any aesthetic grace.
The fenestration industry has been forced to produce not simply improved quality, but more intelligently designed windows, sympathetic to the properties they adorn. Today, those who do not want the maintenance of timber windows can look at aluminium and PVCu as a viable alternative material whilst still considering the authenticity of sash windows.
Having a sash window no longer means putting up with draughts and dubious security. Our windows can boast high thermal values without compromising on ventilation, security or emergency escape options. There is a range of features, including cam locks, opening restrictors, trickle vents, reinforced sashes, tilt and clean and fire escape options, to make these extremely attractive windows as versatile as any other on the market.
When open, sash windows are designed to take in clean air at the bottom and allow stale air to escape at the top, and they maintain this efficiency to this day. On a hot day, this system can cool a room down as fast as any other type of window.
Please take a look at our technical pages to read about more features in detail.
Years of loose planning control has resulted in the degradation of period buildings and loss of character in many areas - for example, in Victorian terraces, lack of supervision has led to a cacophony of window and door styles which greatly detracts from the original symmetry and beauty of the building and its neighbourhood as a whole. This, together with the health and safety aspect of replacement windows, has finally led many local authorities to stipulate that, in older properties where sash windows were fitted originally, these should be replaced with new sash windows.
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