Are sash windows worth the cost?
In a new build property, sash windows can provide a level of quality and prestige that is difficult to match, particularly if the property is period-inspired. Even though the cost will be higher than for a standard window, uPVC modern sash windows will last much longer with little maintenance needed, making them a useful investment in your home.
Any home from the 17th to 19th centuries would look like they are lacking without sash windows. If you are doing renovation work on a Georgian, Regency, or Victorian building, or constructing a new home taking inspiration from these periods, installing sash windows should be your first option when it coms to selecting a window style.
They are worth the added cost to continue the traditional elegance of your home throughout the interior and exterior. If you are in a Conservation Area or working on a listed building, you might not have any other choice but to go with sash windows.
What are the advantages and drawbacks of sash windows?
When considering whether the more expensive price tag for sash windows is worth it to you, it can be helpful to think about the positives and negatives about this style of window.
- Provides a classic, heritage look which works with many traditional style homes that want to be modernised in function and performance but maintain the older aesthetic.
- As sash windows slide and open at the top and bottom, they create a great level of convection, cooling, and ventilating a room more effectively in hot weather.
- Sash windows can usually be locked ajar, meaning you can have your window open without feeling vulnerable and worried about the security of your home.
- They are more expensive than other types of windows.
- They are more complicated systems and if made of timber they will be more difficult to maintain.
- They can’t fully open like double casement windows as there is always the size of one sash over the window.
What is the best material for replacement sash windows?
If you are on a tight budget and the cost of your sash windows is especially important, you will want to carefully consider the material you want your sash windows to be made from. For keen traditionalists or those restricted by living in a Conservation Area or listed building, sash windows made from timber are likely to be the only option. Timber windows can have some advantages such as being an excellent insulator, versatility in the number of finishes, paint colours, and stains that are available, and they can be long lasting if properly maintained.
uPVC is often used as a substitute for timber when it comes to modern window design. Even though it is most commonly seen in white, it can come in a wide variety of colours and finishes, including ones that look exactly like real wood. This material has become extremely popular with homeowners over recent years due to their very useful benefits, including:
Cheaper than timber (uPVC can cost about 40% less than timber)
Higher quality models are better looking and hard wearing during difficult weather
Different styles of sash windows
As previously mentioned there are different styles of sash windows to choose from which will likely have an influence on the cost as well as matching the period of your home. The period of the property will dictate the number of panes in each sash that can be separated by astragal bars.
The ‘six over six’ style is a staple of windows for a Georgian style house, although bigger ‘eight over eight’ windows were also quite commonly used in these properties.
‘Two over two’ was the dominant look during Victorian times, but several other configurations can also be spotted throughout the period. This included sash windows that had just one single light, as well as the inclusion of sidelights.
Generally, ‘six over two’ panes were most common in the Edwardian era, but like with Victorian, the Edwardians saw variations in style.
Other variations of the sash style of windows include:
Venetian windows that have a central sliding sash between two fixed panes on either side.
The Queen Anne Revival style combines multiple panes in the upper sash but only one or two in the lower sash.
In Regency or Gothic revival periods sashes could often be designed as arched instead of rectangular, and in some areas it is popular to have sashes that slide horizontally.
Is it expensive to repair a sash window?
The glazing in sash windows can be replaced if the frames are in a good condition, single-glazed panels can be updated to slim double-glazed units for instance. For a complete replacement of a sash window, the cost will depend on specification, but you can expect to pay around £1,750 per window.
Without knowing the exact needs and preferences of each homeowner looking for sash windows it can be difficult to provide a complete one-size-fits-all price. However, we hope this guide has given you a greater understanding of the overall cost of sash windows and what factors can have a key impact on the price of them. Get a free quotation from us today to see exactly how much the sash windows you want will cost to install in your home.