Anyone who has single glazed sliding sash windows in their home has probably asked themselves whether they should double glaze their windows at some point. But what is the answer?
Replacing Single Glazed Windows with Double Glazed Windows
A lot of period properties will suffer from cold rooms alongside high heating bills. If your windows are single glazed, one option is to replace them by installing new double glazed sliding sash windows.
Unlike single glazed windows, double glazed wooden sash windows have a gap between the two panes of glass which is filled with argon or krypton. As these gases are a poor conductors of heat, heat loss is reduced, allowing your home to retain the warmth.
However, if your windows are still in a good condition it may be worth looking into alternative options, rather than replacement, to help preserve the heritage of your property and reduce the cost of the work.
Installing Secondary Glazing
If you live in a listed property, you may not be allowed to replace your single glazed windows with double glazing. One option to improve the warmth of your home, which is often preferred by planning officers, is secondary glazing.
Secondary glazing provides the benefits of modern glazing solutions while retaining the existing external windows.
Secondary glazing solutions are unique depending on the configuration of the existing windows. At The Sash Window Workshop we are able to offer both sliding and hinged secondary glazing systems to suit your individual requirements.
Can I Double Glaze Existing Wooden Sliding Sash Windows?
As long as the frames are deemed to be in a good condition and deep enough to accommodate a double glazed unit, The Sash Window Workshop’s new sashes into existing window frames service allows you to double glaze your sliding timber windows without replacing the window frame.
Our surveyor will conduct a thorough survey of the windows and doors in your property and will advise you if this product is suitable to meet you individual requirements.
The service works by replacing the moving parts (the sashes) in the windows with double glazed sliding sashes. Some of the benefits include:
- Cheaper than complete replacement timber windows
- Double glazing will make your home more energy efficient than single glazed windows
- As part of the service, your windows are also draught proofed on installation
Draught Proofing Timber Windows
Draught proofing can also help improve your sliding sash window’s performance at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Without draught sealing, draughts, dust, dirt and noise can all flood into your home.
Our timber window draught proofing and overhaul service will not only help remove the cold draughts from your home, but we can also make minor repairs to any damaged timber or glazing, and fit new ironmongery and locks on your timber windows.
At The Sash Window Workshop, we are specialists in repairing and replacing sliding sash windows in a range of period properties and listed buildings, including Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian homes.