A common problem when buying a uPVC window is knowing the difference between a regular and sash window. uPVC sash windows are popular, but provide a different style and look that may not suit all homes. This article will go through exactly what a uPVC sash window is, as well as where they are most suitable and what the benefits are.
What is a sash window?
A sash window is made from moving panels that are placed together to form a frame. The movable sections of the window are called sashes – which is where the type of window gets its name. The small separators between the sashes are called muntins.
There is some confusion because the technical term for a sash window can be applied to any window with sashes. In most situations, however, the term is reserved for windows which open by sliding up or down rather than outwards.
A major advantage of sash windows is that they can be opened from the top and bottom. In the summer months, this allows the hot air to escape through the top to be replaced by cool air in the bottom, hence making the windows extremely effective at cooling.
Why uPVC sash windows?
uPVC sash windows are relatively recent, because the windows were traditionally made using wood. The original sash windows were single glazed, although there are now double glazed options. uPVC versions of the windows aim to provide the aesthetic appeal of traditional sash windows, while addressing many of the common problems. An increased energy efficiency, reduced need for repainting and reduced maintenance are some of the main advantages.
Where should you use sash windows?
If you want to get uPVC windows, then the choice between standard and sash windows is mainly a matter of personal choice. There are, of course, certain houses that suit a sash window better than others. Georgina houses are known to commonly have sash windows, for example, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t be used in a modern home too.
UPVC Double Glazing
UPVC double glazing can provide a number of different benefits to homeowners.
Some of these benefits include:
- Saving money on heating bills – This is because you are reducing the amount of heating that is escaping through your door/windows therefore resulting in you spending less to heat your property.
- Reducing noise pollution in you property – As well as insulating your property UPVC double glazing can significantly reduce noise levels by lowering the amount of external noise that there is in each of your rooms.
- Reducing your carbon footprint – If your property is better insulated then you will ultimately use less energy to heat the rooms in your property, this will mean that your property will create fewer CO2 emissions and because double glazed windows/doors use UPVC and can be recycled you will then be able to reduce your carbon footprint in a number of different ways.
- They are very low maintenance – UPVC double glazing doors and windows require little maintenance, this is because they do not discolour or need painting and look as good as new for years after they have been installed.
Learning about double glazing sash windows can be a very satisfying experience because most homes get really cold in the winter and double glazed sash windows offer a really great way to improve the comfort of your home. Well there’s a drawback, they are extremely expensive and if you was able to do this work yourself then there would be no need to pay full price.
Why is double glazed sash windows such an important skill set to learn for the building trade.
At some point your going to need to upgrade and maintain your sash windows. When you do get to this point, if you have the power to do this job yourself, you are going to save thousands of pounds. We want to teach the basics of double glazing your existing sash windows, as well as entirely replacing your original sash windows if you so choose. We are going to teach you the major differences between making good on your original sash windows and then installing double panes to them. This is a major breakthrough in technology and we are glad to be able to show you how to double glaze original sash windows. The expertise shown in double glazing sash windows is quite exceptional.
Here’s a nice instruction on restoration and double glazing.
The benefits of double glazed sash windows
When you think about it, double glazed sash windows are a brilliant way of improving the comfort of your home, the security, and the warmth. I’ll go into each of those three points in a little more detail. Warmth of double glazed sash windows with a comprehensive draught proofing system cannot be rivalled.
Double glazing sash windows for heating
They are second to none. A home that has rickety old sash windows will almost certainly save hundreds of pounds a year in heating and also keep the home that much more comfortable in the process.
Did you know double glazed sash windows will improve security?
When it comes to security double glazed sash windows are a no brainer. You simply need look at the fact there are now two panes of glass as opposed to just the one. A thief would need to break two panes of glass and this is going to make considerably more noise than a single pane sash window. Overall, it’s a vastly superior product. We take our course ideas from Lambeth council information release on replacing sash windows.
Comfort of the home improved through quality double glazed sash windows
Your windows won’t rattle, you won’t get horrible draughts howling past the back of your heels. It is considerably beneficial all round to have your windows improved and a big thanks to London Sash Window Repairs Ltd for getting on this project with us. We will be teaching the benefits of insulated glazing and the sustainability of improving the comfort of your home. If you would like to understand insulated glazing more then please take a look at this link. You might also be interested in our standard windows courses. The link is provided for your benefit.
What will you learn in this double glazed sash windows course?
There’s free guides online that will be teaching how to accurately installed double glazed units into original sashes. They will also be teaching how to manufacture and install a new double glazed sash window. Before this though, it’s important to look at the viability of double glazed sash windows and the options available. Wether it’s making use of the original sash windows, or perhaps, just a case of replacing the sashes and using the original framework. You’ll be taught how to make all these important decisions. In the resource attached you can see how they make an original sash window considerably
I’ve taken an image from their website that depicts an original sash window will benefit from being double glazed.
If you’d like to learn more about our double glazed sash windows courses then we would love to hear from you and we ensure the very best courses and building skills from our instructors.