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.