I am in the process of changing the modern-style windows, which I inherited in my early Victorian home, for wooden sash style windows. It’s a style of window which I strongly associate with the Victorian and Edwardian homes in our area – but what exactly are they and do we have the Victorians to thank for them? Here’s my very short guide to sash windows.
- They don’t buckle and distort so much as side hung windows because they support their own weight instead of hanging from hinges.
- This means that they last longer (sashes have been known to be perfectly serviceable for 150 years and more).
- They also are better at keeping out rain as they are designed with a closer fit, especially with the sill.
- Hot air rises so ventilation is better and easier with a sash – you can open them just a bit at the top so you get fresh air but fewer draughts.
- Windows can be left open a little but still secure against burglary.
- And style! A casement means you have two panels which come together in the middle – this favours dic=visions of two from an architectural point of view but a sash can have three glazing bars within it which suited the classical designs of the Queen Anne and Georgian Periods.
Apart from all the above, I think they are beautiful too – long live the sash window!