7 things you should know about sash windows
Nothing adds character to a home quite like a sash window.
Traditional sash windows are a beautiful addition to any building but, unfortunately, age and lack of proper maintenance can see them lose their charm.
The good news is, no matter what the problems are – you don’t need to give up on your sash windows just yet.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about renovating sash windows.
Sash windows contain a free and noiseless air conditioning system by design.
With both the top and bottom sashes sitting open, cool air will be drawn in through the bottom while warm air will circulate out the top of the window.
This simple system will effectively cool your home during the summer months and is efficient for airing out rooms at any time of the year.
The working system of a sash window is not visible, so it is easy to miss its genius.
A cord connects the sash to a weight hanging in a hidden chamber within the frame of the window.
The weight moves up and down the chamber, and keeps the window sitting in position when open.
This system ensures that the window will never drop closed of its own accord.
3. Double glazing
When it comes to sash windows, it is easy to assume that you must choose between preserving original fittings and the heat retentive benefits of modern windows.
In reality, sash windows can be sympathetically fitted with double glazing while retaining the features of the original window, meaning that you can enjoy insulation while preserving the original features of your home.
Industry experts can help you to be navigate building regulations and requirements when you replace your windows.
These can be ensuring the correct level of insulation is met and the windows are safe and correctly fitted.
To guarantee compliance with all household insurance requirements, make sure that all of the windows that are accessible from the outside are fitted with key operated locks on both sides of the window
Opening restrictors, which restrict the ability of children to open windows, can also be fitted to comply with new legislation.
Installation is a far easier process than you might imagine.
99% of all sash windows are installed from inside the property, meaning that most installations will not require scaffolding.
6. Draught proofing
Draught proofing your sash windows makes for a warmer, cosier home as well as a significant reduction in heating bills.
Draughts are mainly caused by badly aligned sashes and a lack of compression between the sashes, both of which can be easily addressed by experts.
Even if sash windows are draughty or rattling, they can be returned to all their former glory and even improved upon.
One sash window can also be totally draught proofed in about four hours.
7. Built to last.
Historically, sash windows were made to last for generations.
With a little effort and expertise, even those that look beyond repair can be returned to their former glory.
Woodwork will rot over time, but the rotten timber can be removed and replaced in profiles that are the exact replica of the original.
Frayed cords are also replaced so the sashes can operate smoothly.
It just takes a little care and attention from skilled craftspeople to bring life back to a sash window.
You can trust Fairco’s expert restorers to be mindful of maintaining the beauty of traditional sash windows while bringing them up to modern standards.
If you would like to find out more about restoring your sash windows, visit fairco.ie