Pros & Cons of Sliding Sash Windows

by Imagine Home Improvement Home Improvement

In contemporary Society, sash windows are the second most common window variety, being beaten only by outward-opening casement windows. In Victorian England, they enjoyed massive popularity, which means they're a natural match for period properties. 

Advantages of the Sash Windows:

  • Sash Windows are Elegant - When it comes to looks, there is nothing very comparable to a sash window. By adding value to the house, they will add a conventional touch that will uplift those assets and pay for themselves.

At the same time, despite its conventional style, the sash window is relatively flexible. The sash window is almost sure to satisfy, whether it's a traditional country home or a modern apartment.

  • Sash Windows are Safe & Secure - Another reason for preferring sliding sash windows is due to its Security. Provided that it is possible to open only one panel at a time, they are much harder to clamber through than casement windows. Extra safety features such as locks and child safety systems are also simple to implement. 

  • Sash Windows have Low Maintenance - Aluminium and upvc sash windows need hardly any cleaning, much like their casement counterparts. At the factory level, the former are powder-coated, while the latter is naturally white and not intended to be messed with at all. You're not going to have to sand them or add any coat of varnish (though you might need to occasionally replace the internal cord). There is also no chance of warping or rotting, making windows in hard-to-reach places a perfect choice for a metal or plastic sash window.

Disadvantages of the Sash Windows:

  • Sash Windows have Poor Ventilation - Saying all this, there are still a few concerns worth keeping in mind about sash windows. Ventilation is one of them. Since sash window panels are designed to slide behind each other, you would only be able to collapse the glass to the size of a single panel, like sliding doors. On the inside of the windows, this will increase the risk of condensation building up. 

  • Sash Windows aren’t Energy Efficient - Can sash windows be effective in terms of energy? Indeed, Yes. But the catch is there. Sash windows are energy efficient only if they are double-hung, modernised versions. The layers of weather stripping that provide energy-saving capabilities are lacking in older versions.

How much you care about the various advantages and disadvantages of sash windows can depend on your preferences and tastes. Most of us would need to decide between casement and sash windows, and you may well prefer the latter if the benefits we have mentioned here appeal to you.

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