This post was submitted by Tabby James of www.sashwindowexperts.com; a sash window specialist on the South Coast of England established over 20 years ago.
. To see more of their work, please You’ve spent hundreds of hours scouring the market for the perfect home, a beautiful Georgian or traditional detached Victorian property. Finally you have found your dream home and you are ready to start setting about renovating and restoring it to its former glory. However the sash windows on the front of the property seem lacklustre and beyond repair. Why shouldn’t you just throw them out and replace them with a set of new bay windows?
That would be a grave mistake, as sash windows are part of traditional Victorian property design and often add a certain aesthetic charm to the property, which would be lost with plain modern windows. We have a look at how your old sash windows can be repaired and why it is so important.
What are Sash windows?
Sash windows, otherwise known as ‘hung sash windows’ are windows that are made of one or more movable panels that form a single frame to hold panes of glass. These panes are often separated from the other panes of glass by narrow muntins. Sash windows are typically opened by vertically or horizontally sliding them open in a ‘Yorkshire light’ style.
Sash windows have been present in properties for hundreds of years, with the earliest surviving examples having been installed throughout the UK in the 1670’s and are often found in Georgian and Victorian homes. A typical sash window will consist of an upper and a lower ‘sash’ made up of three panes across and two up, creating a beautiful panel window effect.
Because these windows are reminiscent of the classical Georgian and Victorian homes, often a lot of work is put into keeping them as close to the original design as possible. If you have found yourself lucky enough to be the owner of a classical Victorian home complete with sash windows, then congratulations because you have found a hidden gem!
Repairing Sash Windows
It may take a little more time than simply replacing windows but if you want to keep the value of your property as high as possible, you will make every effort to restore your sash windows to their former glory. Sash windows are artistic in their beauty and combine with many other elements of a traditional Victorian home to create a unique and uniform look that is often sought after by homeowners.
It is always recommended to do your research before hiring a contractor to help repair and restore your sash windows. If they are in quite a state of disrepair and you fear there may be no saving them, don’t give up! There are a number of companies that specialise in the restoration of classical sash windows and they can often work wonders with antique sash windows.
It may take a little time, effort and money but the end result will be a simply stunning effect that allows you to enjoy your sash windows for years to come.
Double glazing can be an issue when it comes to traditional sash windows; however it is not the end of the world! Like with reparations, there are contractors who can replicate the original design of the sash window while incorporating the latest double glazing technologies. All the essential period features remain intact and the sash window is now reinforced with modern double glazing that protects and insures your home as well as increasing security for your home.
Other features such as period locks, security systems and glass replacement units including laminated glass, clear float glass, sealed glass and more, are also available with the help of professional contractors or service providers similar to Renewal by Andersen Windows & Doors. These features may seem miniscule or not worth keeping but it is well worth the time you spend recreating a beautiful sash window when you eventually see the finished product!
Whether you are fixing up an old Georgian or Victorian home in order to sell it on, or you have bought your dream home and are in the process of renovating it, repairing sash windows by way of a professional contractor can only do good things to your market property value. Traditional homes with classical features fetch a lot more than modernised homes as they have an element of aesthetic beauty to their exterior, remaining as long standing relics of a forgotten history. In order to preserve this history as much as we can, renovating your old sash windows will only serve to raise the value of your property!