Common Misconceptions About Sliding Sash Windows

More often than not, when wanting to install new windows at their home, many will automatically turn to casement windows or tilt and turn windows, completely overlooking sliding sash windows. Whilst they are a typical feature of traditional Victorian and Georgian properties, they still work perfectly in modern homes too and they really aren’t an option that you should disregard before learning more about.  

Unfortunately, one of the main reasons why so many homeowners don’t consider sash windows is because even though they are known for being aesthetically pleasing, they have a bad reputation in other areas. Several misconceptions surround sliding sash windows and these can be really off-putting. So, to help free this type of window from its negative connotations, below we have set the record straight about modern sash windows. 

“They are notoriously difficult to open”

Sliding sash windows are made from two large sashes. To open, the bottom section slides upwards and the top section sliding downwards, this is where they get their name. However, they aren’t difficult to open and many worry unnecessarily about the weight of the window and being able to easily push it open. They are just as easy to operate like any other type of window. 

“They require an awful lot of maintenance”

This is probably the most common misconception about sliding sash windows. Traditionally, they were made from timber and it was this fame material that increased their maintenance, not the style of the window. Nowadays, because you can get uPVC sash windows, they will be virtually maintenance-free and it is really easy to keep them looking their best. 

“They don’t last as long as other types of windows” 

Again, this is another misconception that comes from the frame material as opposed to the type of window. Unfortunately, older timber windows are generally known for being less durable and this is usually because they’re susceptible to rotting, but this was the case with all windows, not just timber sash windows. However, again, because you’re able to get uPVC sash windows now, you can trust that they will be long lasting. 

“They aren’t customisable”

Because a huge percentage of sliding sash windows are seen in listed buildings and period properties, they often look very similar because they have to be in keeping with the character of the building. But, they are actually just as customisable as any other type of window and with several colours, finishes and hardware options available, it is easy to ensure that they perfectly suit your home.

“They let in lots of cold drafts”

Whilst this may have been the case many years ago, you won’t need to worry about energy efficiency when you install double glazed sash windows now. These days, you can have the beauty of traditional sash windows without the rattling and drafts that were commonplace with timber windows. So, you don’t need to worry about your home being cold during the winter. 

“They are less secure than other windows”

Many are conscious that their windows are one of the most vulnerable points in their home, but you can trust that modern sliding sash windows are incredibly secure. They are designed with the same level of security as any other type of window and as long as all important components are kept in good working order, they will effectively keep your home and your family safe. 

Installing double glazed sash windows at your property 

All in all, it is fair to say that there are actually many benefits to installing sliding sash windows and more often than not, the worries that homeowners have about these windows are no longer relevant thanks to their new modern design. They really are a great choice for several different reasons and they are versatile enough to perfectly complement so many properties, you will never regret opting for this type of window. 

If you’d like to go ahead and install new uPVC sash windows at your property, please don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Brackenwood today. We supply a range of beautiful vertical sliding sash windows that combine the elegance of traditional sash windows with the benefits of modern materials. All of our double glazed sash windows are made with the same level of insulation and safety as all of our other contemporary-style windows, so you can trust that they will be perfect for your home.