We might be living in the modern world, but traditional sash windows that go all the way back to the Victorian era will never go out of fashion. They’re great to look at, they enhance the beauty of your home, and when you shop with Classic Window Replacements in Dublin, they’re also easy to install.
At Classic Window Replacements, our stylish sash windows combine modern technology (uPVC) with a traditional style to give your home an authentic look. They’re energy-efficient, come in a choice of colours to suit any home, and can be fitted with child restrictions.
What Are Sash Windows?
Sash windows traditionally consist of a pair of sashes whice slide side-to-side (or up and down). One panel is in front, the other is behind. They don’t typically have an outward swing, but modern technology has enabled them to have a bit of a tilt that makes it easier to clean them.
History of Sash Windows
Sash windows are one of the longest surviving styles of windows still used in Britain and Ireland today. They go all the way back to the 1600s, and while some believe the sash window was first seen in the Netherlands, there’s no doubt that it was developed and refined in England.
The traditional sash window is still seen today in authentic Victorian and Georgian houses and can be added by Classic Window Replacements to your new or current home to give it a traditional, period look.
Why Choose Sash Windows?
For the sake of aesthetics, the sash window is hard to beat. Despite having been developed in the 1600s, it’s still one of the most popular window styles in Great Britain today. Here is some reason why you might choose to install sash windows in your home:
sash windows are some of the safest window styles you can choose. Because you have to open them panel by panel (as opposed to all at the same time), they’re much more difficult for a would-be burglar to climb through than, say, a casement window.
When shopping with Classic Window Replacements for your sash windows in Dublin, meanwhile, you also get the added benefit of child safety devices and locks.
In Victorian Britain, sash windows were seen as high maintenance. Nowadays, we use uPVC to ensure that each sash window is super low maintenance.
Indeed, our sash windows are designed in such a way that they require no interference whatsoever. This means you don’t need to add coats of varnish once they’re installed, and neither do you need to sand them down. There’s also zero risks of them rotting or warping.
They Look Aesthetically Pleasing
There’s no doubt that sash windows are perhaps the most attractive style of window you can install today. At Classic Window Replacement, ours have a run-through horn sash for an even more authentic look. Sash windows are elegant, easy on the eye, and thoroughly charming.
If you want to give your home a bit of a period look and make it feel more “homely” than ever, sash windows might be a good choice.
Why Might You Not Choose Sash Windows?
There are many different window styles to choose from, with sash windows being just one of them. Let’s take a look at why you might consider an alternative as you weigh up your choices.
Ventilation is perhaps the most obvious problem with sash windows. Because of their design, which is mainly for aesthetic reasons, the panels slide behind one another in a mechanism that’s similar to sliding doors.
As a result, condensation can build up more than it does in a casement window.
That said, because many of us face a straight choice between a sash window and a casement window type, your decision will come down to your priorities. Some customers often find that the pros of sash windows, including the aesthetics, outweigh any minor glitches.
What Types of Frames Can I Get?
The most popular type of sash window is the modern uPVC type. This is what we specialise in at Classic Window Replacements, and it acts as a modern-day replacement for traditional timber sash windows. It’s much more low maintenance than painted wood, it’s more energy efficient and it comes in multiple colours. It’s also the most affordable type of sash windows you can buy today.
Other types of frames include the more expensive aluminium and composite. You can also still purchase timber sash windows if you prefer, although this type of frame requires a lot more maintenance and comes with a risk of rot.
Can I Get Double Glazed Sash Windows?
Double glazed sash windows are available. They look just like authentic sash windows but come with extra glass to keep your home warmer during the cold winter months.
Where traditional sash windows have one pane of glass, double glazing sash windows have two. They’re a bit more expensive, but they can reduce your heating bills, minimise external noises, let in less draughts and boost the security of your home.
If you already have single-pane sash windows at your home, moreover, you can replace them with double glazed sash windows if you wish. The cost of replacement comes down to the frames, the size of the window, and the age of your property.
At Classic Window Replacements, we know how important it is that you make the right choice when it comes to window installation. If you think sash windows in Dublin are the right style for you as you seek to add an elegant, authentic twist to your home, why not give us a call today for more information?
Alternatively, feel free to pop into our showroom for a chat, a cup of tea, and a look at alternative styles as you weigh up your options.