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For those of you who don’t know about it, a sash window is a kind of window comprised of movable sashes or panels. One way to identify a sash window is that there is a frame holding together multiple glass panes. Quite often narrow muntins separate the panes.
A few kinds of sash windows exist. Some of these have horizontally or vertically sliding panels, while others are simply opened toward the outside. The sliding sash windows sometimes are referred to as sliding sash, case, sash or Yorkshire light windows.
The traditional sash windows found most commonly in the US and UK are made of two sashes that are positioned in a frame with one over the other. This type of window is opened and closed by sliding up and down. One of the benefits of this window is the ability to remove or tilt the sashes in order to clean them. There are many different configurations, models and shapes to choose from within this class of sash window.
Sash windows were first put up in England in the late 17th century. Ham House is a famous early house that had 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. There are two panes up and three panes across in classic sash windows, providing homeowners with six-over-six panel windows. 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 a sliding motion is required in order to open and close sash windows, they can be more vulnerable to problems than other 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. This is due to the design of the sash window, since it can be opened at the bottom and at the top simultaneously. 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.
As is the case with anything, it is important to not go ahead and hire the first window company you find. Make sure to get work samples and quotes from thee different companies at least before you make your final decision on which company you want to have install your new windows.