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Victorian Sash Windows and How to Care for Them

by Francesca Coleman Carr

During the Victorian era, architecture designs developed from previous Gothic designs into many of the Victorian sash windows we see today. While technological advances have made it possible for us to install sash windows that are specifically made to suit your home, we still replicate the beautiful styles made popular during the Victorian era.

About Victorian Sash Windows

Victorian sash windows

It is difficult to find a building in the UK that doesn’t have a sash window embedded somewhere in its walls. Sash windows remain one of the most popular window styles around the world. Their timeless and aesthetically-pleasing design never fails to impress.

The Victorian home was all about elaborate designs and ornate details, and Victorian sash windows were a great way for people to flaunt their wealth. During the Victorian era, it was standard for windows to have four, eight, 12, and even 16 panes. The number of sash windows and their size indicated the wealth of the homeowner. And they still remain one of the main window designs to increase the value of your home.

How Do Sash Windows Work?

What Makes Victorian Sash Windows Different?

Designed with a two over two panel grid design on both top and bottom panes, Victorian sash windows offered a balance between ventilation and light. All Victorian sash windows were once single-glazed. However, the majority have now been replaced with double glazing.

If you are lucky enough to still have the original windows in your property, call our team today. We can install secondary glazing to make your home more comfortable and improve efficiency without damaging the heritage of your property. Find out more below.

Sash Windows London Ltd Cater for Heritage Homes

Sash Windows for Heritage Homes

As specialists in Victorian sash window installation, we know how important genuine windows are for heritage homes or properties in a conservation area. That’s why we work hard to sensitively preserve the original character and aesthetic of your home. We provide a wide range of glazing options and frame material solutions to suit numerous budgets.

Preserving the character and beauty of your home’s traditional sash windows is important to us. As sash window specialists, we know that historic buildings deserve attention. Our expert team have a wealth of experience in dealing with heritage Victorian windows. So, if you would like to have your windows replaced without compromising style or aesthetics, give us a call today.

How to Install Sash Windows Without Compromising Heritage

The Benefits of Victorian Sash Windows

Victorian sash windows that are double-glazed, secure, and made from quality timber or UPVC materials have significant benefits:

Low Maintenance: one of the most significant benefits Victorian sash windows provide is their low-maintenance. Whether made using timber or UPVC materials, Victorian sash windows require very minimal maintenance. Both timber sashes, timber windows, and PVCU windows simply require a wipe down with a damp cloth every few weeks – that’s it!

Improved Energy Efficiency: keep your heating and cooling bills low with double glazed Victorian sash windows. Double or triple glazed sash windows significantly reduce the likelihood of draughts, making your interior feel comfortable whatever the weather.

Enhanced Home Security: sash windows that are properly fitted and made from quality materials are well known for increasing home security. The double or triple glazing coupled with secure locking mechanisms helps keep your window firmly in place when fastened shut. So, you don’t need to worry about security whether you’re at home or away.

How to Maintain Victorian Sash Windows

Sash Windows

The character and charm Victorian sash windows add to your property can only be increased through proper care and maintenance. Not only will caring for your sash windows increase their lifespan, but it will also keep your home looking fantastic. The charm of your property can hinge on its appearance. So, we thought we’d share our tips on how to maintain your Victorian sash windows easily. Scroll down to find out more.

1. Glass Cleaning Tips for Sash Windows

Keep your window panes clear and sparkling with our quick and easy glass cleaning tips. You can use diluted vinegar in a spray bottle with a microfibre cloth for a thorough clean on the panes of glass. Simply spray the solution on the panes and wipe off with a cloth.

2. How to Clean Sash Window Frames

Victorian sash windows should be regularly cleaned with a damp cloth to help prevent dirt build-up. Over time dirt can collect on your window frames, not only looking unsightly but also causing poor functionality and damage.

To keep your Victorian window panes clean, you can either use a damp, non-abrasive cloth, or soapy water and a clean cloth for those more stubborn marks. Take the time to thoroughly clean every part if your window frames to help avoid the build-up of dirt and grime. The longer you leave your dirty windows, the more difficult it will become to remove.

3. Keep Sliders Free from Dirt

To ensure your sash window can work effectively throughout the year, it is important to keep sliders free from dirt. Over time, it is inevitable that dirt and debris will become trapped inside your window frame. If this is left untreated, it can affect the smooth functioning of your windows, leading to potential damage.

Keep sliders clean by hoovering and wiping both the interior and exterior sliders so that your sash can continue running smoothly and effortlessly without problems.

4. Clean Window Hardware

To keep your sash windows working well, it is also important to maintain and clean the window hardware. Keeping your window hardware in good working order involves cleaning all handles, hooks, locks, and fasteners with a dry cloth. All of these places should be kept clear of dust, dirt and debris to reduce the chance of any deterioration.

Top tip: we recommend cleaning your window hardware at the same time as your windows. This way it’s easy to remember to do and your window gets a full clean every few months.
When you properly care for and maintain your Victorian sash windows, you can expect them to last for many years to come.

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