Wood sash windows are regarded as a relatively traditional style when it comes to home design. They have that classic feel and can be comprised of various types of wood, from mahogany and pine to European redwood or oak. So why are they making a come back?
Sash windows are usually associated with wealthy homes and a higher standard of living. They’re thought to be a design worthy of older, more characteristic homes with individual flair and personality. They certainly have more aesthetic substance than their cheaper looking, plastic counterparts. This may seem fairly obvious when you think about it, but can design and appearance be the only reason behind the increasing trend? Surely there’s more to it than that. Here are a few points to think about.
Value and longevity. The first thing to consider when you look at traditional wood sash windows are the costs. Naturally, these are slightly more expensive that modern Double Glazing Sash Windows Kent PVC frames, but don’t let that put you off. They are more expensive because of the way they are manufactured, often by hand and with great attention to detail. Once they’re installed, there’s little maintenance involved aside from a lick of paint or a bit of restoration work every 4 or 5 years.
Thermal benefits. It may sound counter intuitive, but sash windows are actually excellent insulators, and with a good set of sturdy blinds you’ll find that your home is just as well insulated as it would be with modern PVC frames. You’ll just have the added benefit of style.
Customisation. Modern PVC frames are mass produced and shipped in bulk to various builders and suppliers. As a result, they’re fairly generic and linear looking pieces which are designed to slot into any new building with ease. Not only is this completely bland, but it also limits you in terms of what you’ll be able to customise. Painting plastic frames is a lot more difficult, as is altering the texture, shape or general style. With a wood sash window all of these options remain open to you!