What Are Sash Windows?

Sash windows are also commonly referred to as sash and case windows. They are typical of the so called Victorian or Georgian architectural eras or periods, with some of the oldest known sash windows, still in place being reported at having originated in the mid 17th century. One may therefore consider these windows to be within the antique classification of homes and the respective accessories.

The general concept of sash windows is centered upon each respective window which slides up and down, and in some cases there may be one fixed sash window and only one that is operational. The sash cord or chain is also central to the functioning of the window from an opening and closing perspective, and together with an element referred to as the sash weight, which allows for the balancing and positioning of the windows themselves. The weight itself is a counter balance to the weight of the window ‘structure’ itself, and provides the basis for holding the window in position either when opened or closed. The entire system of chain or cord, the window itself and the weights are based upon a built in pulley system facilitating the ease of operation of the window and glazing system.

In terms of the glazing of sash windows one has the option of either single or double glazing, however the latter often requires a completely different set of sash weights due to the increased weight of the glazing contained in the window frame. The surrounding frames of these windows are traditionally made from either soft or hard woods, however even UPVC options have become available today of which provide the essential function of the sash windows, however some feel that these lack in the authenticity of the Double Glazing Sash Windows Kent original types. When considering the wood option one has to ensure that these are well maintained to negate any possible degradation of the wood, and ensure that the frames provide many years of function and aesthetic beauty to the building in question. One of the most popular options today is actually using hardwoods, such as Meranti which provides a solid, durable and aesthetically pleasing finish for the frames.

As many older buildings, a lot of people want to maintain the look and feel of that bygone era, and within which case retaining items such as sash windows are essential in maintaining the authenticity of a so called period house or building. Within this restoration process it is essential that one selects a contractor that specializes in these types of windows, as they are somewhat technical in nature as compared to the standard sort of windows. The sash windows should be correctly installed, balanced and any seals or hinges that require replacement should be attended to correctly to ensure the functionality of these types of windows.

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