Heritage sash windows are an essential part of British architectural history. As a result, any properly-designed property from the 17th century, where they were first introduced and have become popular afterwards, will be incomplete without them. This is why you’ll have to be very careful if you are planning to renovate or repair period properties or incorporating these designs in your new house.
Bespoke Timber Heritage Sash Windows
At Smart Sash Windows Ltd, we ensure that our customer’s needs and wants are our topmost priorities. Our bespoke, handcrafted heritage sash windows, will fit the exact specifications of your original windows. Retaining the originality of your sash windows. Our timber and wooden sash windows make your homes look classic by giving it a timeless look.
What are Heritage/period Sash Windows?
Heritage sash windows are sash windows designed with all the traditional detailing found in Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian sash windows. Rather than single glazed bars, these window models are partitioned by double glazing bars and moulded strips of wood. This is to help make the property more secure.
Traditional Sash Windows
From sliding sashes to casement designs, heritage/period sash windows are an integral part of the British heritage. They can be found everywhere, from the rural villages and conservative areas to towns and cities. Traditional or period sash windows require careful attention to details when you are considering replacements because they have undergone several repairs over the years. Luckily at Smart Sash Windows, we specialize in genuine heritage windows on architecturally sensitive properties.
Edwardian Sash Windows
During the Edwardian period which lasted between 1901 -1910, glass manufacturing techniques did not remain the same. This is not to say that there was a dramatic change between the designs adopted in the Victorian period and the Edwardian period.
Smart Sash Windows offers Edwardian sash designs, and you can rest assured that you’ll get a window that blends with the UK architectural landscape better than anything else.
Georgian Sash Windows
The Georgian period existed between 1714 -1837 and witnessed various stylistic differences, characterized by elegance, proportion, and balance. During this period, sash windows were quite famous.
Smart Sash Windows offers Georgian sash window models. Regardless of whether you want a completely traditional Georgian style or you’d prefer to incorporate a more modern spin on your period sash windows, we’ve got you fully covered.
Victorian Sash Windows
Victorian homes often have sash windows or casement windows, usually made from timber. Windows were single-glazed in this period. Sash horns were introduced during this period and fitted at the bottom edge of the top sashes. This was intended to minimize the stress caused by lack of glazing bars and heavy glass panes.
Smart Sash Windows offers Victorian designs and repairs. We try as much as possible to retain your original wooden frames to maintain the originality of your buildings and homes. Whether you pick the models with or without horns, you can be sure we’ll deliver your exact specifications.
How Heritage Sash Windows work
To make the movement of the window easy when it is opened, a steel, cast-iron or leaden sash-glazed panel is balanced by a counterbalance of the same material. This is attached to the window through a sash cord, usually braided and runs over the top of a pulley along the top rail. The addition of a lower rail completes the frame and window design. A wagtail can also be used to separate the weights to allow a smooth movement.
Our Approach to Heritage Sash Windows
At Smart Sash Windows, we are aware that repairs must be carried out on heritage windows to make sure that they work seamlessly. So we are committed to repairing all sash windows, regardless of the problem. Our unique features minimize the need for replacements.
Repairing rotten window frames
Contrary to popular beliefs, heritage sash windows can be salvaged through repairs and renovations, to restore it back to its original glory. If there is one thing our experience of dealing with sash Windows over the years has thought us, it’s that up to 95% of the timber initially used for the sash window can be retained.
Rotten window frames can be repaired using a synthetic wood repair system. This indicates that even the window you thought was irreparable may simply have a mock deterioration. Once it has been overhauled, it can continue to provide the same level of service. Although an expert would be required.
Replacement is the last option
Most renovators have made the mistake of removing the original period timber sashes, replacing them with new models. Replacement should be the last option. Try repairing the existing sashes where possible and ensure they are waterproofed. However, if the sash windows are damaged beyond redemption, then consult a reliable company for the replacements.
Smart Sash Windows can help you determine the extent of deterioration, guide you on the process of renovations, so as to eliminate expensive cost that comes with replacements.
How do I know if My Sash Windows need to be replaced?
The most common way to know is when you notice that your window is suddenly hard to lift. Because one or both of the cords attached to the balance weights have been broken. Window frames often get old and brittle and develop cracks or completely shatters. When this happens, you’ll usually see a metallic spring hanging down from the bottom of the movable window.
Heritage Sash Windows Maintenance
Period windows are often made from wood or metal, and as a result, they are vulnerable to decay and cracks if they are not properly maintained. Regular maintenance of the sash window is essential to prolong the life of your heritage sash windows.
How to clean Your Heritage Sash Windows?
Generally, sash windows are supposed to be cleaned twice a year, although most people view it as a spring cleaning. Don’t attempt to clean your sash window on a sunny day, because the sun will dry the soap on the glass, leaving water streaks on your sash window. Don’t use paper towels either. It only moves dirt from one end to the other. Leaving your window worse off.
We recommend that you use a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth when you want to clean your sash windows. The inside of the sash window is not often as dirty as the outside, so this should give you a squeaky clean look. Use a dishwashing liquid along with water and a sponge, to clean the outside of your sash window. Then simply squeeze the solution on your sash window and wipe.
Benefits of Replacing Your Old Heritage Sash Windows
Old heritage sash windows are often susceptible to cracks, rots, corrosion, warping, and chipping. There is a likelihood that your old sash windows do not retain heat and may leak or be draughty. By replacing your old heritage sash windows, you can say goodbye to draughty, rotten and inefficient frames, and reduce squeaky and annoying noises when you open your windows. Smart Sash Windows will not only restore your sash windows, but we can also improve their insulation, saving you lots of money on heating.
What Happens after you choose Your New Bespoke Heritage Sash Windows?
Once you have selected our new bespoke sash windows, you enjoy our exquisite services. Smart Sash Windows delivers superior products, with strong, sturdy materials, supplied by some of the best brands in the industry. We have on-site a team of qualified experts and consultants, who are only too happy to answer all your questions, even the most difficult ones.
Heritage Sash Window Manufacturing
Unlike most companies, at Smart Sash Windows Ltd, we manufacture our own wooden joinery. This offer is all inclusive. Our projects are carried out to the exact specifications of individual preferences and investor needs. We use sophisticated machinery and an ultramodern workshop. We also have our own assembled teams that allow us to avoid bad and unprofessional practices. Even if you have issues with our services, we’ll make amends immediately – no squabbles.
Heritage Sash Window Fitting
Smart Sash Windows deals with the manufacture of heritage sash windows. We provide an in-depth service by repairing, rebalancing, replacing, installing, and overhauling and draught proofing your heritage sash windows. If you would like to know more about the cost of our fittings, contact us today.
All our clients across Brighton, East Sussex, have been well satisfied with our bespoke services. Smart Sash Windows delivers high-quality workmanship, as well as a quick and speedy delivery for all your orders. We also offer you a 50-year timber guarantee for Accoya and a 10-year guarantee for Grade A Redwood and others.
Our Heritage Sash Windows Services
At Smart Sash Windows Preserving the unique heritage of your home is our topmost priority. As a specialist in Heritage sash windows, we cover all stages of your sash window ownership including:
- Re-balancing Heritage Sash Windows and new sash cords
- Heritage Sash Windows Restoration, Refurbishment & Renovation
- Heritage Sash Windows Replacement
- Installing New Heritage Sash Windows
- Overhauling and Draught proofing Heritage Sash Windows
Double Glazed Heritage Sash Windows
Double glazed sash windows are often referred to as insulating glass, they combine multiple glass panes into a single window system. They are effective in minimizing noise. Unlike single glazing, the added thermal resistance helps reduce the amount of heat transfer during the winter. Keeping your home at a more comfortable temperature.
Here at Smart Sash windows, our windows are double glazed to minimize heating cost and noise penetration. We can also provide tripled-glazed sash windows for maximum noise reduction and security available. Combined with springs or cords and weights opening operating systems. Our double glaze will enhance your window experience without making it difficult for you to operate.
Originality with Benefits
Smart Sash Windows can help you restore your heritage sash windows to their original conditions by concentrating on both the mechanical and aesthetic aspect of the window.
Painting, Plastering and Pointing Heritage Sash Windows
Smart Sash Windows performs tasks like painting, plastering, and pointing, to give your windows a stylish look while retaining their ageless allure.
Key benefits of Heritage Sash Windows
While modern uPVC has become popular, they do little to enhance the appearance of period buildings. The popular misconception is that wood is more expensive to maintain than plastic. With the modern finishes, we provide at Smart Sash Windows, you don’t need to stress yourself about excessive repairs. Occasional maintenance and examination, at least once a year, should do the trick. The following are the key benefits of opting for our heritage sash windows:
- Gets rid of draughts
- Minimises noise
- Stops rattling
- Improves insulation
- Minimises dirt and dirt ingress
- Makes the windows look and feel balanced
- Increases security
- Allows for easy movement and function of windows
- Provides fault free windows
Why Choose Smart Sash Windows?
Smart Sash Windows are a UK based company. Our goal is to meet and satisfy the needs of our clients in the area of wooden sash windows. With prices like ours, you can rest assured that you are making quality investments. Our genuine timber windows offer a wide range of benefits beyond style and design flexibility including:
Bespoke Timber Sash Windows
Our bespoke, intricately crafted sashes will match your existing windows down to the last detail, from your glazing to furniture even to the architraves employed.
At smart sash windows ltd, all our windows are built to your exact specifications by our team of professional experts and our work is fully guaranteed. Even if you are eager to upgrade to double glazing, we have a number of experienced experts available.
We have years of experience in designing, repairing, replacing and installing heritage sash windows and casement windows, so you are in safe hands!
Premium Quality Product
We source materials from superior brands across the world, which have been proven and tested to last for longer periods. Regardless of your needs, either modern or wholly traditional sash windows, you’ll always find quality in our products.
Expert Specialist Fitting
Unlike many companies out there today, at Smart Sash Windows, we specifically manufacture our windows in our state-of-the-art workshop and our full-time fitters will install them for you.
Complete Exterior Service
By combining sophisticated technology along with skilled craftsmanship, we can provide you with full window exterior services.
For as long as we have been trading, our customers’ satisfaction is our number one objective. We are only too happy to provide you with your exact specifications. If at any point you are not satisfied with any of our services, no matter how small, we’ll come back and fix it.
Smart Sash Windows offers you a 50-year timber guarantee for Accoya and a 10-year guarantee for Grade A Redwood, European Oak, and Sapele Hardwood. Our ultimate goal is your satisfaction. Feel free to call our attention to any area you are not over the moon with, and we won’t hesitate to make amends.
Our Heritage Sash Windows Brochure
Consult our brochure for a detailed listing of our services.
Building Regulations for Heritage Sash Windows
Smart Sash Windows Ltd, is a FENSA registered company and a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and Check-a-Trade.
Sash windows can be maintained by:
- Hiring a competent joiner to carry out repairs as necessary.
- Constantly repainting external windows to protect joinery and putty.
- Removing old sashes from the window frame to replace broken or worn sash cords.
- Cleaning your sash windows at least twice a year.
It’s often possible to restore even the most rundown windows without removing them. Most sash windows are made from highly durable heartwood timber. We use carefully matching repairs to retain their originality. Their complete replacement is usually our last resort and is often rare.
There are companies that use the age-old single glazing for listed properties. However, to comply with building regulations, double glazing is now used for increased energy efficiency and noise reduction. We recommend double glazing for heritage windows.
Triple glazing is another option, but the sections often look too thick for authentic heritage sash windows. It fits and looks better on newer period-style properties and older homes that are less historically important.
We use locking mechanisms that require a key, latch, or fastener.
If your building is listed and you would like to upgrade to a double glazed heritage sash window, you will need to get the permission of your local planning authority before making any changes. We can supply technical drawings of proposed windows to support your application once an order has been committed to us.
We are FENSA registered and a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and Checkatrade.
I live in a listed building and/or conservation area, are you able to work on my Heritage Sash Windows?
Yes. At Smart Sash Windows, our bespoke, handcrafted heritage sash windows have already been approved for listed building projects and conservation areas by many councils including the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.
Traditional leading is often difficult to achieve with double glazing. So we apply leaded detailing with craftsman-driven timber to achieve a single-glazed look with efficient double glazing.
We recommend that you use a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth to clean the inside of the window, and a dishwashing liquid with water and soap for the outside.
Yes. Heritage sash windows were originally single glazed. However, fear of inefficiency and modern building regulations make it impossible to have a single glazed window on a new house.
You cannot possibly achieve the same effect with plastic, as you can with a genuine timber.
Windows are often priced individually. It is difficult to determine the exact prices of new heritage sash windows because prices depend on a number of variables including specifications, size, framing materials and the type of glass.