If you’re doing some upgrades to your home and choosing timber sash windows or uPVC timber-effect sash windows, the choice can initially seem a bewildering one. We’re here to help you make the decision that suits your budget, tastes and property.
Traditionally, sash windows were made from timber and used single glazing, but these older models can be problematic in terms of letting out heat and letting in noise, while also being less secure and generally not featuring double glazing.
Today, uPVC timber-effect windows are a viable option if you’re either looking to replace your sash windows or change your current units to sash ones.
The sash window design originates from seventeenth-century London, when narrow streets meant jutting windows could have touched the building opposite or got in the way of a thatcher. And the style came to prominence after the 1666 great fire of London.
There have been many designs since then, but the essential concept remains the same. The sash is the frame containing the glass, and typically there will be a top and bottom sash. These windows slide up and down thank to weights and cords, or, more recently, spiral balances, so that the window can be opened.
When closed, the upper and lower sashes are locked together at the mid-rail so they don’t slide. Open the window by sliding the bottom sash up, or, with a double-hung model, slide the top sash down as well, for added ventilation and airflow.
Once you’ve decided to go for new sash windows, you have to decide whether to go for traditional timber or timber-effect versions made from uPVC.
Timber-effect uPVC sash windows replicate the look of natural timber, with a realistic wood-grain finish. So they’re an excellent choice, especially if you want to retain your home’s period character. What’s more, they’re often the most cost-effective option.
Here are some of the other benefits you can look forward to:
Inevitably there are a few ‘cons’ to understand as well.
At Paradise Windows, our timber-appearance uPVC sash windows engineer out the above issues at design stage. So we offer all the performance benefits of modern windows, including heat resilience and resistance to poor weather, combined with a look that is indistinguishable from that of real wood.
Our elegant System 10 Rustique models are crafted with attention to detail and are the natural choice in period homes in particular. We supply timber-effect windows in Oxford and across Oxfordshire. Talk to us today.