We are familiar with preserving unique traditional sash windows and timber sash windows in Brighton, East Sussex. The bespoke timber products and traditional sash windows are the heart of what we do, serving areas such as East Brighton, Coldean, Hangleton, Hollingbury, Hanover, Hollingdean, Round Hill, Roedean, and more.
Whether the traditional appearance of your home be Victorian, or Edwardian, our service is dedicated to creating traditional sash windows that can maintain or repair the style and charisma of your property. While our sash windows increase the property value, our service also offers benefits of sash windows that contribute to saving on utility bills and higher level of security and noise reduction. While we are FENSA registered, we use our previous clients as reference and can arrange for you to speak with any of them about their experience with our sash windows. We offer workshops and welcome clients, for them to see this very high quality of sash windows we achieve. With the pinnacle of timber innovative technology, Smart Sash Windows LTD is special because we use only quality material that is top of the range. While we continuously research new technology, types of wood, glass and different methods of joinery for sash windows: our research gives customers the most efficient energy products for sash windows.
Our sash windows use top art materials such as Accoya timber, and Planitherm Glass. Using a modified timber such as a Accoya wood, is a process called acetylation. The Accoya is wood that enables it to resist to rot, a cutting-edge patented technology that defies the elements and stays strong for window sashes for decades. The performance and properties are guaranteed for 50 years above ground and 25 years in ground or freshwater. Using our unique business plan for timber sash windows, we keep overhead costs to a minimum. Allowing our skilled window sash craftsmen the time for creating the perfect product, they can use direct resources to high quality products without the need for high street showrooms. By only sourcing timber from the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) approved vendors, we keep the highest standards possible. We take a great pride in our professionally-sourced leading timber that is handpicked to ensure the windows sashes and qualities of our products are kept to the highest standards possible. All timber material is dry to ensure minimum movement during our sash window joinery. Our skilled professionals monitor the handpicked timber to look for any defects in timber such as knots, splits or bows and also the tightness of the grain of the timber.
The Different Types of Traditional Sash Windows
The Traditional Box Sash
A traditional box sash is the most authentic style of sash windows, it faithfully replicates original classic designs of sash windows with the smallest details and lead weight.
With our hand-picked engineered timber, it is resistant to warping and twisting any of your sash windows. Like all of our timber products, you will never have to worry about the sashes moving, or starting to warp in the frames.
We will take the time with our professional technicians to advise you on the most appropriate sash box for you.
Choosing the right design is important for you and your sash window. All different periods have a different take on the sash window design. The Georgian properties, you will often find, favourite six over six glazing bar arrangements. The Victorian era is different, a two by two became the vogue.
While we can impressively reproduce almost any glazing bar design and setting for your sash window, we can advise you on the correct layout for your home. Our experts can advise you on the original features of your home, and help pinpoint the window sashes that can bring back your home’s former glory.
The different robust chords can create the ultimate historical look for your sash window.
With a variety of traditional box sash windows and contemporary windows with a range of furniture style, our experts can help finish the ultimate touches for any sash window.
Edwardian Sash Windows
The Edwardian architects borrowed elements from Georgian architects. They achieved the goal of lighting up the home interiors and opening up the rooms. The architects called it a Neo-Georgian style that was a multi paint window sash, with this bigger sash, they incorporated it into the windows and doors allowing natural light to come in. This new sash window design helped light up a home and most houses had higher ceilings and larger rooms with these new traditional sash windows.
The standard sash window height was floor to ceiling during this time period. The width could range but was typically around five feet. The upper sash windows featured stained glass while the smaller pane sash windows used pairs to help maximize the light in the room. These features gave the Edwardian homes their unique design characteristics.
While the Edwardian era saw the decline of sash window use, it was the shortest in history of British architecture. The traditional sash windows was a complicated process using timber. After the First World War, steel windows began to replace the sash windows. Up into the 1930s the sash windows were still appearing in vogue. They are even seeing more appearance today.
We strive to serve as much of Brighton, East Sussex and the surrounding counties as possible. Since our founding, we have installed and renovated sash windows throughout East Sussex.
Sash Windows in the Victorian Era
The elaborate and ornate designs of the Victorian era, were adapted by sash window manufacturers. By re-glazing the old windows, the Georgian sash windows were altered with larger sheets of glass. On these sash windows, the old glazing bars were removed and became smaller. This maximized the ventilation and light in the sash window, although the window proportions changed.
In the Victorian sash windows, there were more window panes or sashes added. During the Victorian era, it was normal to see four, eight and 12 pane sash windows. Some Victorian era homes that faced the bay or harbour would even have 16 window pane sash windows. The different number of window sashes gave the Victorian home their different size, shape and unique character.
The Victorian era sash windows allowed for natural lighting, it protected the inhabitants from excessive glare and the sash windows were vertically designed. The stash windows have a careful graduation, this allows the natural light to come in from the sash windows into all the other rooms of the home.
Other villas and some terraces that were Victorian Gothic inspired used four pane sash windows. These sash windows were also adapted by lower cost terrace homes. In the Victorian Gothic inspired homes, the home used plate glass for their sash windows. In this era, the sash windows had advancement due to glass production, one single glazing bar was enough for sash windows. With these new sash window techniques, even rural properties benefited.
During the Victorian era is when sash windows became more popular with builders. The new techniques and benefits of sash windows gave cheaper materials, and became a standard in Victorian era homes.
Sash Windows in Georgian Style Homes
During the Georgian era, sash windows were a fashionable and symbolic feature. Due to many of England’s historic buildings such as Kensington and Hampton Court Palace, the sash window style became a fashionable feature.
During the Georgian era, sash windows that were used most were incorporates of have six panels over six panels. The aesthetic of their sash window comes from the wood material. In previous eras, the casement windows would lose their aesthetic value when they would open. Although, the sash window always retains an elegant look when it is open or closed.
The Georgian era homes added decorative pediment made of wood over there stash windows. If the homes were made with bricks, they would place above the sash window a decorative brick header.
The sash windows are installed behind the masonry of buildings, this is due to the London building act. While installing the stash windows behind the masonry, this allows for a wider glazed area. This wider glazed area can incorporate small glazed bars for the sash window. This technique only leaves small traces of wood that is visible on the window and the glass component will stand out of the sash window.
The functionality of sash windows allowed anyone to fractionally open it. This sash window would allow ventilation without letting the rain come into the home when it’s pouring. The lifespan of sash windows is significantly higher than other window designs. The sash window is resistant against moisture damage due to the components within the box.
Most casement windows in buildings were replaced with sash windows during the Georgian era due to the aesthetics and functionality. During that Georgian era, the dominant architectural style made the sash window fit in well.
The Advantages of Traditional Sash Windows
The versatility of sash windows creates elements of architecture that represents the UK spirit. The true beauty of sash windows whether having a traditional bungalow, modern flat, or the simplest home, the elegance of the box sash window can fit into any styled home. These are the many benefits of the sash windows:
Looks that Are Timeless
With a design that has been around for hundreds of years, the box sash windows have not aged. The technology of box sash windows has evolved where we can guarantee thermal effectiveness, noise reduction, maximum security, and still keep the original box sash window design.
The box sash window can be surely a great window that meshes with UK architectural landscape, whether you pick a model with or without horns.
The Ease of Use of Sash Windows
We are all accustomed to how sash windows work, since they have been around for so long.
Everything is familiar and you do not need to worry about the complex mechanism of sash windows, although the technology has evolved considerably in the stash windows. While enhancing the windows performance, a double glazing is now a thing that all box sash windows have, in no way does this new performance make it harder to operate them.
Many Options for Sash Windows
Whether enjoying a modern spin on the sash windows or the traditional box sash window, you will find something you enjoy. Using traditional timber that ensures a wholesome, sturdy, old time look, we manufacture sash windows from the best materials. Our traditional box sash windows have lots to offer you. Explore all the options we offer.
The Timber Sash Windows
Offering a full range of sash window services, we use premium manufacturers and install the traditional timber sash windows. We service Brighton in East Sussex and operate out of Brighton. We can install new sashes into existing frames and install the secondary double glazing. We can complete new sash windows, wooden casement windows, timber French doors, sliding doors and bi-fold doors. We offer many repair services for sash windows, including any minor repairs, drought sealing and double glazing of existing windows.
We double glaze the majority of our replacement windows and doors. We are also able to provide single glazed or heritage glazing. The heritage glazing is where double glazing is unlikely to be approved due to some conservation areas. All of our sash windows come fully factory-finished and are drought proof.
Using a timber called Accoya, all of our wood windows are bespoke and made to meet your individual requirements. The Accoya timber is selected for its durability and stability. For our sash windows, we offer different glass in a variety of ironmongery options. Any of our replacement sash windows are made to be energy efficient and installed with the highest quality performance. All of our sash window work include an anti-rot guarantee, and extensive guarantees for new windows and doors made in Accoya.
Accoya is a life-long wood that is one of the world’s leading high technology woods. The wood is modified and created via acetylated wood using sustainably grown timber.
The Accoya wood process is non-toxic, and sustainably sourced. The process enables nature and uses a fast-growing soft wood to create a new durable, stable and beautiful product. This treated timber is perfect for sash windows and has the very best environmental credentials.
The Accoya wood is a new product that is effectively preserved timber, the treatment involves the wood being soaked in a non-toxic preservative. Just like any physical property, the Accoya timber wood is determined by the chemical structure of what kind of properties it has. The wood contains chemical groups called free hydroxyls. Due to changes in climate condition, the free hydroxyl groups will absorb and release water when the word is exposed. When you see wood swelling and shrinking, this is the main reason. The digestion of wood by enzymes is also believed to initiate the free hydroxyl sites, this is also one of the main reasons wood is prone to decay.
The scientific research of acetylation shows that it can effectively change the free hydroxyls in the wood into different acetyl groups when the wood with acetic anhydride, reacts with the acetic acid (also a diluted vinegar). When the group is transformed to an acetyl group, the wood becomes more dimensionally stable and the ability of the wood to absorb water is reduced.
With over 75 years of scientific research, the Accoya wood is helping to protect the world’s precious hardwood resources. The Accoya timber has a great guarantee when it is used in the ground and an even longer guarantee for exterior use. This adds a helpful benefit to reduce carbon emissions and ensures a long life.
What Are the Benefits of Timber Sash Windows?
Over the past years, there has been a popular rise of PVC windows. The PVC window has easy maintenance, a low-cost ratio and does not rot like wood or require painting. Although these are good benefits for the modern PVC windows, timber sash windows have been used for centuries and there must be valid reasons behind this.
Although the PVC window may be environmentally friendly, the timber sash windows are made from more friendly material. The timber sash window uses wood that is plentiful and durable. It is also attractive and has a unique pattern for every window. The typical PVC window only lasts 25 years, while fully treated timber sash windows have guarantees 10 years longer than the PVC window at 35 years.
Timber sash windows are also easily maintained and repaired unlike PVC windows. With the many different options that timber sash windows have with technology, like double or triple glazing, the timber sash windows can stand up to any elements.
While calculating the benefits of PVC and timber sash windows, the cost may be almost the same, but the benefits are not. The timber sash windows have features like durability, lifespan, easy maintenance, and energy efficiency. The timber sash windows are a great long-term investment.
Why Choose Us?
We employ master craftsmen working exclusively with durable timber. Our guarantee is to install, maintain, and refurbish long lasting sophisticated windows that work perfectly.
While we can repair and fit any sash window or door, we can make old windows look new and match the elegance of old designs.
Sash windows are a better standard of living, while decreasing heating bills and improving energy efficiency in your home, the sash windows will also enhance comfort.