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10 January 2017

Vertical Sliding Windows - Classic Style, Modern Technology

Sliding windows can give any home a classic look, traditional vertical sliding sash windows are particularly valuable in older properties especially if it is listed or in a conservation area.

However, anyone who has a property will be aware of the issues which can occur with sash windows, such as rotting or swollen wooden frames, rattling panes or jammed windows which may have been painted shut or have faulty mechanisms.

Vertical sliding windows were first installed in the 18th century and were once considered something of a  status symbol on properties of the era. They offered a better alternative to the windows of the day. However, their design and manufacture in softwood with old fashioned paint treatments left them susceptible to wood rot, issues with the weights and panes causing the windows to stick or rattle and they require considerable ongoing maintenance. The alternative is replacement uPVC sliding sash windows which give you the classic, stylish look of vertical sash windows but with none of the problems of older windows.

uPVC Sliding Sash Windows - the simple choice for service and style

You may not be aware that you can now replace your old, rattling and rotting vertical sliding windows with modern uPVC replacements. They provide all the stylish look of the classic window, however have none of the maintenance problems you may remember from traditional windows. uPVC is a highly stable and easily cleaned material, a quick wipe with a cloth is likely the only maintenance you will ever need for your new windows, and with the tilt-back system you can easily clean the frames and the glass from inside your house so no more climbing ladders.

Supplied with ‘A’ rated, energy efficient glass and excellent weather seals, you will find that your new windows will remove issues with drafts and water leaks. You can be confident that you will be saving on your energy bills with your new uPVC sliding sash windows, keeping the heat in your home where it belongs! Windows installed by West Country Windows all have high U values - this is a measure of how much heat passes through the window. A higher value means the window will allow less heat to escape your home. You may additionally choose to use Pilkington K glass which has a special coating which reflects heat back into your room whilst also letting in heat from the sun, a process known as passive solar gain.

Vertical Sliding Windows - sash windows brought up to date

Vertical Sliding Windows provided by West Country Windows are built by craftspeople with many years of experience so you can be confident that you will have the perfect windows for your property. Our skilled surveyors can advise you of the best choice from the selection of styles available which includes swept or arched heads. Astragal bars can be fitted, these are uPVC bars which are placed onto the window glass both internally and externally giving you the look of period style small panes of glass. The advantage is you have a single sheet of glass and decorative bars giving the impression of glazing without any potential thermal loss. They can be fitted to the sealed glazing units to give stunning effects. 

Vertical sliding windows can be manufactured as traditional triples, bay windows or unequal splits where one sash is deeper than the other. Additionally, they are available either in white, cream or a selection of wood-effect, factory applied foils, in rosewood or oak allowing you the flexibility to create the look you want for your home. You can be sure that your windows will be secure, with inbuilt locking and latches available in a range of styles including traditional style catches. 

Fitted by professionals you can trust

West Country windows are the leading local replacement window professionals in the region, they were established in 1977 and have  40 year’s experience in fitting windows, doors and conservatories and provide a personal and friendly  service backed up by a no quibble guarantee, they are the name you can trust. You can be confident that uPVC sliding sash windows fitted by their team will be installed to the highest standards. They understand how important your home is and will work with you to ensure they deliver the finest uPVC sliding sash windows to match your design brief and exceed your expectations.

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