Sash windows can offer a life of 60 years or more, with some timber framed windows still going stronger after 100 years, but there does still come a time when they need replacing. While you should check to ensure that your windows can’t be repaired or improved, before having new ones fitted, there are a number of definite benefits to replacing your existing sash windows. Although uPVC and composite windows are available, here we are talking about the benefits of replacing your windows with modern, timber sash windows.
Secondary glazing can be added to single glazed or even poor quality double glazed windows. This helps improve energy efficiency and also ensures a warmer indoor environment. However, secondary glazing is typically used as a means of improving poor quality windows, and it will not yield the same kind of energy returns or savings as having new windows fitted. Consider replacing single glazed windows, or old double-glazed windows, with modern equivalents that are better quality and longer lasting. Modern glazing is more efficient and will save you money on your energy.
It isn’t just the glazing itself that can cost you lost energy. Poorly fitted and poor quality frames may have gaps and holes. These let warm air out and cold air in, and this means that you are left with pockets of cold air in rooms around your house. Not only does this mean lower comfort levels in your house, but it means that you will have to pay more for your energy bills, just to keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature.
Replacing timber sash windows means that you can restore a property with attractive, period features. Unfortunately, during the latter half of the 20th century, many properties had period features removed. In the case of windows, this meant replacing existing timber framed windows with cheaper PVC alternatives. At the time, this was done because poor quality timber had been used in the construction of windows and doors, and PVC was seen as being a better alternative. Modern timber windows, from a reliable and reputable installation service, offer a longer life and are considered more environmentally friendly than their modern PVC counterparts.
For those that are concerned by the environment, timber framed sash windows are not just considered carbon neutral but carbon negative. The fact that the wood used can be recycled when it reaches the end of its life, combined with the fact that most timber windows of this type will last for 60 years or more, and not forgetting the fact that modern glazing and seals ensure an energy efficient installation, means that you save more carbon than is used.
The primary reason that most homeowners and property owners choose timber sash windows is because of the traditional look that they offer, especially to period property. However, there are, in fact, many benefits to replacing existing sash windows with modern equivalents. They are environmentally friendly, can improve living conditions inside a property, and they are more energy efficient than older models.
Visit BoxSash.com to see more of the benefits of replacing your sash windows, and to see how The Original Box Sash Windows Company can help reinvigorate and improve the looks of your property.