Many period properties dating back 300 years would have benefitted from wooden sash windows. Today, they are also referred to as vertical sliders or as a sliding sash. Due to the weight of the sashes the windows were operated using a series of pulleys attached to a weight which were typically located within the outside frame. Both the upper and lower sashes could be moved independently. The traditional wooden sash windows were prone to draughts and in windy conditions they could rattle quite loudly. They were not very energy efficient and would be prone to heat loss and rain leakage. The design was heavily influenced by the legislation put in place after the great fire of London in 1666 which stipulated that windows would need to be recessed within the existing brick work.
Sash windows are still popular today due to their elegant and classic design which complements the appearance of period properties in particular. Many period property owners are faced with the dilemma of either spending a lot of money continually maintaining their traditional wooden sash windows with all their inherent problems such as rotting, draughts, rattles and constant repainting. Due to the continued demand for sash windows the window manufacturers produced sashes made from uPVC. These windows remain very popular and have become an excellent replacement for the traditional wooden sash but with all the energy efficiency qualities which uPVC can offer and more importantly they are virtually maintenance free. The days of rotting wood, draughts and rattles are long gone as uPVC will not warp, will not discolour and is highly durable. uPVC sash windows can be as much as 50% cheaper to buy and install than timber sashes and can be designed to mirror the look of the traditional timber windows.
A wide range of designs are available to emulate the traditional timber based sash windows including the addition of decorative horns to the outside edge of the sashes and Georgian bars which provide a truly authentic look. Choose from a wide range of hardware and fittings to achieve that classic and stylish look so associated with the period properties of yesteryear.