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uPVC and Hardwood Sliding Sash windows – Replacement Vertical Sliding Windows for decaying Box Sash Style Windows

uPVC or Timber Sliding Sash windows – which do you chose?

The short answer is, it depends on the style of home you have and your budget. If you live in a period home then frankly a lot of the time the planners will only allow traditional materials such as timber. However if you live in a home that is not listed or subject to other planning restrictions (such as living in a conservation area) then uPVC (or PVC-U as it is also known) can be a viable low maintenance alternative. Generally speaking uPVC will also be less expensive.

That said, it should be noted that sliding sash windows – no matter what the material are usually more expensive than the more common casement style windows.

Modern uPVC Vertical Sliding Sash windows can replicate the traditional features of its long established counterpart, but with the added benefits that uPVC provide. Some suppliers even claim to have used uPVC in a number of period style buildings, including those of listed status, however that as mentioned above tends to be still fairly unusual.

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Optional traditional “extras” that can be added to uPVC Sliding Sash windows include a decorative ‘horn’ on the top sliding sash, and a deep bottom sash profile.

Modern uPVC Vertical Sliders have been engineered to accommodate the vigour of everyday life, while at the same time being simple and easy to operate. The main difference between a upvc sliding sash window (apart from the material) and the more traditional timber box sash window is the means of holding the sashes in position. Instead of weights, pulleys and a cord, a pair of sophisticated spring and spiral balancers has taken over the sash retention. Their design means they can carry sash weights of up to 40kg.

The traditional glazing bar arrangement may also be replicated by concealing the glazing bars within the double glazed unit, or by surface mounting the bars onto the external faces of the double glazed unit.

Modern PVC-U technology and craftsmanship means no painting is necessary and required maintenance is almost zero. Each window is fully double glazed for improved thermal insulation, lower fuel bills and less noise intrusion from outside.

Security includes the latest key locks and shoot bolts. Brass catches and optional decorative horns can be added in order to replicate traditional timber aesthetics if you wish.

Timber Sliding Sash Windows

The Timber Sliding sash window of today has been much improved and upgraded compared to those of say 100 years ago. Double glazing is almost always fitted as standard (inc options such as Pilkington K Glass and Low E Glass). In addition modern high security locking is readily available. One of the biggest advantages of timber sliding sash windows is the ability to replicate any period design feature if you wish. This of course does require the services of a specialist joinery company and is one of the more expensive alternatives.

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The above installation of a hardwood conservatory / sunroom required bespoke sliding sash windows to match the existing Grade 2 Listed building – a requirement of the planners before granting permission for the work to be done.

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