Sash window restoration

How sash window restoration contributes to your home’s aesthetic

The British home is a unique feature of our island nation. We don’t have the room for the large, spacious, wooden homes of the Americans but we also don’t fit in with European architecture either.

One of the most noticeable features of our architecture is the sash window, often built into a redbrick house. Popularised in the Victorian era, this method of window framing outclassed the typically dangerous lead-based alternative and quickly became a staple part of the external aesthetic of each home that could afford the upgrade.

Their ubiquitous charm has hence dominated every British town since their creation; every home built before the 1960s will most probably have started out with a set of sash windows.

Sash window restorationHowever, in recent decades this has changed, new houses utilising new materials and modern techniques has meant that the sash window has been less popular. The problem with this is, the new white plastic windows have none of the allure that a sash window has; they’re plain, almost garish and lack the cultural affinity shared with their predecessor.

That is why, when you’re looking at purchasing any home built in or before the Edwardian era, you should not view your sash window as a negative. In reality, a sash window can provide all of the protection and insulation that any modern window can, as long as they’re maintained. We regularly upgrade traditional sash windows to be double glazed without negatively impacting their visual appeal.

A house built over a century ago will always suffer some form of decline and need maintenance. Sash windows were primarily made with frames using softwood which is inclined to some rot when not looked after. The paint work also suffers with age, it becomes flaky and stops providing weatherproofing for the wood. These problems have caused people in recent years to view sash windows as places that allow mould to fester, that they are unable to keep the heat in whilst simultaneously letting the damp in. This notion however, is a myth created by judging poorly maintained and extremely old sash windows that haven’t been restored to their proper potential.

All of the issues can be remedied and can offer you a range of restoration and replacement options, including upgrading to double-glazed units.

If you’re interested in maintaining the British aesthetic of your home or looking at moving into a new home with existing sash windows, consider how these features contribute to its identity before condemning them to be replaced. Sash window restoration is becoming more and more popular as people across the country begin to appreciate their windows for their visual appeal as well as their insulation.

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