Installing new timber sash windows into your home is one of the best ways to add a touch of elegance to the property. The reason why this style of window remains so popular today is due to its timeless aesthetic that has ensured architects continue to include them in their designs hundreds of years after they were first invented.
But how durable are new timber sash windows and how easily can they be cleaned and opened? And what sort of price can you expect to pay? Read on to find out more.
How durable are new timber sash windows?
One of the reasons why some people choose to install uPVC sash windows in their homes is because they believe the material is more durable than timber sash windows. However, this is certainly not the case and often means that people are missing out on the benefits of having real timber frames installed into their properties.
As long as timber sash windows are properly maintained, in most cases they will actually last longer than uPVC windows. This is because uPVC tends to discolour after 10-20 years after being exposed to UV rays and the surrounding elements. During this same period the material can also become brittle and prone to damage. uPVC windows cannot be part-replaced or re-painted as timber windows can, so once they start to fail, it means having the entire system replaced.
Even when timber windows have experienced high levels of rot, they can be restored to look as good as new again. As long as the right timber is used during manufacturing, the wood will not swell, warp or twist when damp, and there are a number of ways to coat and protect the material to ensure it lasts many years to come after installation.
Easy to open, easy to clean
When you are considering buying new timber sash windows, you will also benefit from being able to easily operate the sashes while keeping them looking clean and presentable.
Sash windows are one of the most simple and straightforward styles of windows to open and close. Once the lock mechanism has been released, the sashes can be opened by simply pushing up and down to the level you need.
Cleaning is also hassle free. Ideally, you do not want to use harsh chemicals on the wood as this could create unneeded damage. A soft brush should be used to wipe across the frames to remove surface dust and dirt to create a clean surface. Clear away the dust from the floor using a vacuum before lightly washing down the frames with a soft sponge and warm water containing washing up liquid. Be careful not to over saturate the wood with too much water when cleaning, as this can damage the wood, so rinse out the sponge before applying it to the material.
What is the average cost to replace windows in a home?
Pinning down an exact cost for installing new timber sash windows is difficult without knowing the exact requirements of the job. When our team visit a property we ensure precise measurements of the window are taken to understand the size and any other special requirements.
We then provide a free quote for our customers to review so they can ask any questions before making their decision. Our quotes include the full price of the job, detailing costs related to materials, labour and VAT. This means our customers know exactly what they are expected to pay without having any last minute price hikes added after the job has begun.
But to give you an idea of the average cost to replace windows in the home we have put some prices below as a rough indicator.
|Window type||Framing material||Size (mm)||Cost|
|Sash||Wood||800 x 1700||£1,800 (approx)|
|Casement||Wood||1200 x 1200||£1,450 (approx)|
Because every job we undertake is bespoke to the needs of our customers, the above prices only serve as cost approximations. Once we have visited your property, discussed the project in more detail and taken measurements we can then provide a more accurate cost.
Sash company for replacement
One of the main reasons why Repair A Sash stands out from our competitors is our passion for sash windows. We have decades of combined experience to draw on when it comes to installing replacement sash windows and are always looking to do the very best for our customers. Our team know how important your windows are to your home and provide insightful advice that will add value and longevity to your property.
Aside from being a Which? Trusted Trader and being FENSA and GGFI-accredited, we also place an emphasis on customer service. We always make sure your new timber sash windows are installed perfectly while being polite, respectful and courteous inside your home. It’s these little things that go a long way in the minds of our customers and is why thousands of homeowners across London trust in our expertise.