27Aug 2015

Buying wood sash windows – what do they have to offer?

Posted in: sash windows and Energy Efficiency  –  By Patchett Joinery

Dating as far back as the 17th Century, wood sash windows are coming back in a big way, adding elegance, depth and charm to traditional and modern properties throughout the UK. One of the reasons wood sash windows are becoming such a popular choice for new buyers and property veterans is their ability to combine historical aesthetics with all the modern day comforts and functions you’d expect from any window. Regardless of how old your property is, whether you’ve lived there for years or have just acquired it or what your plans are for the future, wood sash windows have something to offer everybody. For those who are making a home to settle down in for life they offer character, charm and can really add a ‘homely’ touch to a property. Wood sash windows are even easy to customise and decorate with sashes and drapes. If you’re a younger property owner just looking to get their foot on the ladder or perhaps do some restoration work, wood sash windows have the added bonus of adding value to a property due to their high demand.

Wood sash windows are more than simple panes of glass separating the inside of your home from the noise and cold outside, they’re a decorative feature that make a statement both inside and outside of your home. They’re often made of quality materials, and if you go to the right place to get your wood sash windows fitted you can rest assured they’ll be constructed of the highest quality timber. Whether you’ve got a Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian style home, you’ll find a wood sash window to fit your style perfectly, and you’ll be surprised at just how much they can be altered and customised to tie in with your vision for the property. ¬†You may consider traditional cord hung windows, spiral hung windows, sash window bays, vertical or even horizontal sliding sashes – the options are endless, and the character it’ll add to your home is invaluable.

Maintaining wood sash windows

This isn’t as difficult as you might think. One of the first reservations people have when they consider wood sash windows is that they won’t last as long as their modern PVC counterparts, but actually this couldn’t be further from the truth. And while PVC will fade and yellow in the sunlight, high calibre timber will only look better with age, and keeping on top of your wood sash windows is effortless. From a fresh coat of paint to a touch of varnish or other wood treatment, keeping your windows looking their best is a simple task and one that you can do yourself if you’d rather, so you don’t have to worry about constant investments to keep on top of them.

Refurbishment treatments are also available for your wood sash windows from reputable local tradesmen. You may consider re-glazing them to improve their efficiency (that’s right, even wood sash windows can be double, or even triple, glazed) or perhaps even adding draught sealing technology to keep the noise out and the cool air at bay. These days it’s easy to make sure your home is safe, secure, energy efficient and well insulated, all while retaining a sense of historical charm and integrity – and it’s all thanks to the ingenuity of wood sash windows.