11Nov 2015

Some things you didn’t know about wood casement windows

If you’ve recently moved into a new period home or already own an older property that you’re looking to improve or sell, then you’ve no doubt thoughts about upgrading your windows at some point. There really is a lot consider too, not to mention the extensive range of windows you have to choose from and the various methods you can use to upgrade them.  The thing is, many people make the decision before they’ve really gotten all the facts or done any proper research.

There’s a lot more to choosing the right windows than meets the eye. Wood casement windows, for example, often get some pretty bad press because they’re associated with older properties, but that doesn’t mean they can’t rival their modern uPVC counterparts when it comes to things like energy efficiency and security. Plus, you get the added benefit of the charming, traditional aesthetic that comes with wood casement windows. Here are just a few things that you perhaps didn’t know about wood casement or sash windows and how they could benefit your property in ways you might not realise.

Air flow

This is vastly improved with a wood casement window. Instead of just opening a small part of the window to let in a little bit of air, you can essentially open an entire sheet of glass. This has countless advantages over newer hung windows in the summer time when you want to let your home breath and keep it nice and cool.

Energy saving

Of course, the type of glass and level of glazing have the biggest impact on energy efficiency, but what use is double glazing if your frames let draughts through? Wood casement windows tend to have much tighter fitting frames than their counterparts because they open outwards and their sashes close against their frames. This makes draughts a thing of the past (and also does well against noise pollution). Windows aren’t often much of a consideration when it comes to cutting down your energy bills, but perhaps they should be.

Safety and security 

Wood casement windows are extremely difficult to break into due to the fact that the locks are usually ‘hooks’ which are embedded into the frames themselves. This helps to deter thieves as the windows are regarded as ‘hard work’ and they’re likely to move on and pick a more vulnerable target.

Appearance and customisation

When was the last time you walked into a modern home with uPVC windows and thought ‘I really like what you’ve done with the windows, they’re stunning!” The likelihood is, never. Wood sash windows come in so many shapes and sizes with different types of wood and finishes, it’s easy to make a unique impression on guests and potential buyers.

It is because of the advantages outlined above (and more advantages which aren’t) that wood casement windows are growing in popularity. Not only are they comparatively reasonably priced, but they deliver an excellent return on your investment with a timeless style and finish – who wouldn’t want that for their home?