Options when restoring sash windows

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Assessing the glazing options for sash window restoration


 With many people deciding to stick with classic sash design windows as opposed to forking out for new designs, renovation of these windows is growing in popularity.  One of the reasons for this is that fixing any broken mechanisms of frames is very cheap when compared to other window renovations.  One thing to consider though is whether to keep the current glass pane or change for newer panes.  There's a wide range of renovation specialists with a range of glazing options to consider.


One of the most popular options for uPVC sash windows is to fit strengthened glass into the frames .  Apart from the fact that these windows are less likely to break, they also keep more noise and cold temperatures out. Damaged glass is a safety hazard and should be replaced as soon as possible.  This is because it is pointless to spend money on replacing window frames only to have the glass shattered by strong winds.


Toughened glass, otherwise known as Safety Glass, is one of the options many people go for.  The glass is toughened by heating it to high temperatures to increase it's durability.  An alternative is called laminated glass, this where a fine membrane is fitted between two layers of glass for increased strength. Both of these types of glass are more resistant to breakages than regular glass. For any windows that are readily accessible by intruders, these options are highly recommended.  They are also a lot safer in the actual event of damage, as toughened glass will break in to small pieces with smooth edges, and laminated glass will stay stuck to the membrane if it is shattered.  Also worth considering is if your window is less than 80 cm off the ground, it is a legal requirement to have it fitted with laminated or toughened glass. On windows lower than 0.8m from the ground, it's a safety regulation that it must be fitted with laminated or toughened glass.


 If you require more privacy, you could opt for textured and patterned glass to obscure the view of busybodies.  Normally fitted in bathrooms for privacy, they have the added advantage of still being able to allow light into the room.  Different textures and patterns suit differing properties and windows, so ask a window restoration specialist to give you advice before selecting your window panes.
With a skilled joiner, double-glazed sealed units are also an option.  You need to be confident of the tradesman because the additional weight of a second pane can be too much for some box frames.


 Always ask the professional if they have experience of restoration of sash windows. They can fully survey the window and address any other restoration issues that may need to be done. This way your traditional windows will look as good as new, giving them a whole new lease of life for years to come.

For a look at double glazing prices, check out a company you can trust.

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This article was published on 2011/09/26