Replacement Double Glazed Sash Windows
Entirely New Double Glazed Sash Windows can now come with so many options it’s hard to list them all. Let’s start with the timber. Mostly sash windows are made from B.C Pine or European Redwood with a Hardwood (Normally Sappele) Sill. The timber is totally at the customers discretion and it goes without saying the higher the quality of timber the higher quality the sash window however the price also needs consideration. It is normal to pay as much as fifty percent more for top end hardwood sash windows. There is distinct advantages if you plan on living in your property all of your life as there is a clear repayment in terms of durability. This is not always the case for most homeowners however and spending £2000.00 on one windows is well out of most household budgets especially when the thermal and noise efficiency of the sash window is totally unaffected.
The glass would be next thing to consider. There are all kinds of glazing options ranging from acoustic glass to bullet proof glass. The most common installation is a soft coat unit which is Argon filled. This minimises the thickness of the air gap required within the unit, making the sash window as slim as is possible. The slimmer the window the more original and better looking it will be. One thing to consider with soft coat units is that they have a slight green tint. It is slightly noticeable however a vast improvement on k glass which has an obvious tint.
Most brand new double glazed sash windows from a reputable specialist will have a factory standard spray finish. This is usually white satin. Most often it is actually not a paint more a treatment with a white pigment to improve the sash windows lifespan. Most spray systems are now so advanced that a hand finish is by far inferior. The use of hand finish should never be ruled out however as at some point these new windows will need decorating by hand.
Most sash window companies now are offering a ten year guarantee on all new joinery. It is fair to expect your joinery to be in excellent condition and functioning as good as the first day for a period far greater given the improvement in paint quality. The most common thing to occur is a breakdown in sealed unit which may be as a result of poor manufacturing. Almost all sash window companies will outsource Argon filled double glazed units and so should not be held accountable for the flaw however will be more than happy to replace should this occur as they will pass the expense onto the glass manufacturers.
With new sash windows you will always be given a choice of furniture to install and the finish of the furniture varies greatly. The most common finishes used are Brass, Chrome, and Satin. Satin is effectively brush Chrome. The most traditional finish to have installed is Brass. Most people still even if they prefer traditional have Chrome installed in both kitchen and bathroom to match the current hardware. The most common fittings installed are Brighton Fasteners,Sash D-Handles, and Sash Pulls. These compliment the windows nicely and look striking against the new brilliant white finish. Sash Locks are also installed and more often than not Sash Stops are used as they are most effective and recognised by insurers as a locking restrictor.