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In case you are wondering what a sash window is, it is a window that is made up of several panels which are also known as sashes. The way you can tell whether a window is a sash window is if it has a frame holding together several panes of glass. Quite often narrow muntins separate the panes.
A few kinds of sash windows exist. Some sash windows have panels that open to the outside; others have panels that slide to open – either horizontally or vertically. The sliding sash windows sometimes are referred to as sliding sash, case, sash or Yorkshire light windows.
The American-style sash window is a traditional variation that has two sashes, one of which rests on top of the other within a frame. This sash window operates with an up-and-down sliding motion. This kind of window has the advantage of you being able to remove or tilt the sashes whenever they need to be cleaned. There are many different configurations, models and shapes to choose from within this class of sash window.
Sash windows were first used in England during the 1670s. The famous Ham House located on the River Thames just outside of London is an early architectural example of a building featuring sash windows. Robert Hooke is credited with creating the sash window, although there isn’t any conclusive evidence that proves this.
Victorian- and Georgian-style homes often have sash windows. These houses usually feature a classic six-panel sash window with two sashes, each featuring three panels above and below. This is often referred to as a six-over-six panel window. The standard size of sash windows is four feet wide; however, wooden sash can fit almost any size and there is no fixed rule.
In order for sash windows to function, there is panel that is balanced through using a counter-weight made of heavy steel or another material hidden within the window frame.
Usually sash windows are made out of single glazed glass and soft wood, although sometimes double glazed glass is used.
Due to the fact that sash windows need to be able to slide to close and open, they are prone to more problems than other kinds of windows. They require a lot of maintenance as well; however, the extra work involved is worth it since sash windows are very attractive.
Other than beautifying a home, sash windows offer some benefits that ordinary windows do not. They are more energy efficient, and they help to keep a home cool when the weather is warm outside. The reason for this is that sash windows open at the bottom and top. The room’s warm air is allowed to escape through the top opening, while cool air coming from outdoors is allowed in through the bottom opening.
A new kind of sash window was released recently into the marketplace. They are called uPVC sash windows, and they are attractive like regular sash windows are but are much more energy efficient and don’t require as much as maintenance and painting on a regular basis.
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