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Wooden Sash Windows- What You Need To Know

A sash window is a kind of window made of sashes or movable panels.  The way you can tell whether a window is a sash window or not is if there is a frame holding together several different panes of glass.  Frequently the panes are separated with narrow muntins.

Sash windows are available in several different types.  Some panels open to the outdoors.  Then there are others that slide horizontally or vertically.  Sliding sash windows are referred to as sliding cash, case, sash or Yorkshire light.

Traditional American-style sash windows are another kind of sash window.  They have two sashes put one on top of the other inside a frame.  They are operated by sliding them up or down.  This kind of window has the advantage of being able to be remove or tilt the sashes when they need to be cleaned.  Within the sash window classifications there are many different configurations, models and shapes to choose from for your house.

Sash windows were first installed in England during the 1670s.  Ham House is a famous example of a home that has sash windows.  Robert Hooke is credited with creating the sash window.  However, there isn’t any conclusive evidence that proves this was the case.

More recently sash windows are used in Victorian and Georgian homes.  Classic sash windows consist of two panes up and three panes across.  This gives homeowners six-over-six pane windows.  However, when it comes to installing sash windows this isn’t fixed by any means.  Standard sash windows, in terms of size, have a width of approximately four feet.  However, there isn’t a fixed rule to this.  A wooden sash can be fitted to nearly any size.


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In order for a sash window to be functional, a counterweight such as heavy steel is used to balance the panel.  It is concealed inside the window’s frame.

Usually sash windows are made with single glazed glass and soft wood.  However, double glazed glass sometimes is used instead.

Sash windows, in addition to their aesthetics, offer another significant advantage compared to regular windows.  In terms of cooling a home or building’s interior during the warm weather, they are more efficient.  This is due to the fact that a sash window opens at both the bottom and top.  The top opening of the window lets the warm air from the room escape.  The cool air coming from outside is let in through the bottom opening.

A new kind of sash window was recently released into the market.  They are called uPVC sash windows.  They are as attractive as a regular sash window is.  However, they do overcome many of the shortcomings that the older sash windows have such as needing regular maintenance and painting and energy inefficiency.

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