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If exploring your Sash Windows East Dulwich options, some background on what you should know about Wooden Sash Windows
If you’re wondering what a sash window is, it’s a type of window that’s made up movable panels or sashes. You can tell if it’s a sash window of there’s a frame that holds several panes of glass together. The panes are often separated by narrow muntins.
There are several types of sash windows. There are those with panels that open to the outdoors while there are those that have panels that slide vertically or horizontally. These sliding sash windows are also known as Yorkshire light, sash and, case or sliding sash.
Another type of sash window is the traditional American-style sash windows, which have two sashes that are that are put one over the other in a frame. It can be operated by sliding up and down. The advantage of this type of window is that you can tilt or remove the sashes when you need to clean them. Within this classification of sash window there are many shapes, models and configurations that you can choose from.
The first sash windows were installed in the 1670s in England. A well-known example of a house with sash windows is the Ham House. The creation of the sash window is credited to Robert Hooke although there is no conclusive evidence to prove it.
Sash windows are often used in Georgian and Victorian houses. Classic sash windows have three panes across and two up, giving homeowners a six-over-six panel window. But this is by no means a fixed in installing sash windows. When it comes to the size , a standard sash window is around four feet in width but again, this isn’t a fixed rule and you can fit a wooden sash just to about any size.
In order to make a sash window functional, a panel is balanced by a counter-weight like heavy steel which is concealed inside the window frame.
Sash windows are usually made of soft wood and single glazed glass, although double glazed glass can also be used. Soft wood, however, is not without its problems like rotting, swelling, and distortion. When the wood shrinks, this usually causes for the window to be noisy.
Because sash windows require sliding motion in order to open and close, they are more vulnerable to problems than other types of windows. They also require high maintenance, but they make up for it in terms of aesthetics.
Aside from aesthetics, sash windows do offer one significant advantage over regular windows – they are more efficient in cooling the interior of a house or building during warm weather. This is because sash windows open at the top and bottom. The top opening allows the warm air of the room to escape while letting the cool air from outside to go through the opening at the bottom.
Recently, a new type of sash windows have been released to the market called the uPVC sash windows. uPVC are as pretty as regular sash windows but overcome many of its predecessor’s shortcomings like energy inefficiency, and the need for regular painting and maintenance.
If you want to have sash windows installed in your home, you should find a manufacturing company that’s been in the business for a very long time, because it’s highly likely they have machines that can make you new sash windows that have the specifications of the old ones.
Anyway, just like anything else, you should not hire the first windows manufacturer you meet. You should get a quote and get sample works from three different companies before choosing a company to make your windows. Just make sure to check the design and configurations available.