There are many types of windows to choose from today. One of the most popular options today among homeowners and recommended by builders and interior designers are sash windows.
Sash windows are windows made of movable panels that frame glass panes. They slide either horizontally or vertically. This type of window has been around for quite some time now and is actually one of the characteristics of Victorian and Georgian houses. They are also usually arranged in a classic way.
Sash windows are indeed charming and can enhance the beauty of any home. But before you immediately choose this window type for your new home or to replace your old windows, it is best that you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of having sash windows and weigh them properly prior to making your final decision.
- They are easy to clean. Most modern style and types of sash windows open upwards or swing inwards. Hence, they are easier and quicker to clean, whether you clean them from inside or outside your home.
- They are air conditioning unit-friendly. A lot of homeowners want to invest in window-type air conditioners but can't do so because their current windows can't accommodate this type equipment. They would have to shell out some extra cash to have their wall or window renovated. This won't be a problem for sash windows since an air conditioning unit can be easily installed on the top sash with no or minimal renovation needed.
- They are energy-efficient. This type of window usually boasts of quadruple weather proofing features. They provide a tight seal and can prevent unnecessary heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.
- They can be prone to air leakage. Energy-efficient sash windows are those that have quadruple weather proofing features. If you don't choose one that has this feature or quality, your windows would be poor insulators of heat.
- They provide limited ventilation. Due to the way in which sash windows open, they don't provide as much ventilation when compared to casement or awning windows. This is because you can only have a single sash fully open one at a time; hence, only half the amount of air and ventilation will enter a room in comparison with other window types or styles.
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Article provided by Arthur Drozd