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Replacing Sliding Sash Windows: Pros And Cons

By Simon Crox

Whether you have lived with sliding sash windows for many years or just moved to a new property, there are a range of reasons why you might be interested in replacing your sliding sash windows. Most importantly, there are certain key considerations to look into before you do so.

Benefits of traditional sliding sash windows

Many older houses will have traditional wooden sliding sash windows which are considered by many to be the most visually appealing of all window styles. Made from soft or hard wood, traditional sliding sash windows use natural resources and have been, until now, the best way of maintaining the look and feel to a property or group of properties.

If you’re looking to improve your traditional sliding sash windows, you might consider adding double glazing (along with quality seals- which leads to less heat and sound penetrating through the windows).

However, adding double glazing is not always possible, for example if you live in a grade II listed building you are likely to face restrictions.

Another advantage of sliding sash windows is that they maximise the space that is occupied by the glass in the window. This is thanks to the glass sitting level with the inside of the bricks; compared to casement style windows, where the glass is sitting on the outside of the bricks.

Finally, the ventilation benefit that sliding sash windows offer to a room is one of the main reasons why they became so popular (from the 17th century). This is thanks to cool air passing through the bottom sash as warm air exits out the top sash.

Drawbacks of traditional sliding sash windows

Sliding sash windows require maintenance and, if neglected, can suffer with problems such as rot and swelling and warping of the sashes. If the sashes do change shape over time it can mean that the windows will rattle in windy conditions.

Cleaning sliding sash windows has always been difficult, usually requiring a professional cleaner for all windows above the ground floor, incurring additional expense.

Furthermore, due to the space necessary for the sashes to slide, sliding sash windows are often not effective in stopping or reducing noise.

Finally, as traditional sliding windows are a premium solution, they require the most investment.

What are the alternatives?

For many, keeping a strictly traditional look and feel to their windows is of great importance. But, some homeowners will place importance on the benefits of their sliding sash windows. An alternative to the traditional sliding sash windows is now available. A white woodgrain upvc sliding sash window. Not only can these new alternative to sliding sash windows cost up to 60% less than their wooden counterpart, many people (when handed samples of each) struggled to identify the difference between the two.

And, because acoustic glass can also be installed, noise reduction can improve by up to 20%.

Maintaining upvc sliding sash windows is also now much easier as a new tilt-back mechanism means cleaning is made even simpler. Further, for properties above the ground floor these windows can be installed without the need for costly and disruptive scaffolding.

The products and solutions described above are examples of the services You Choose Independent Window Brokers provide. You Choose offers both wooden and upvc sliding sash windows. Find more about our crittall windowstoo, and give us a call- we’ll gladly answer any questions and supply a free quotation!

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