Single and double hung sash windows


What are single and double hung sash windows? 


The design for sash windows has been dated back as far as the 1600s in some form or another. The first mainstream use of sash windows were single hung sash windows during the Gregorian era. They were simplistic in design and were only ever intended to open from the bottom. Sash windows then became more prevalent in the Victorian era, and were becoming more ornate in design. Due to manufacturing innovations, glass could now be made into larger pane sizes. Sash windows are windows that don’t open outwards but are slid open. Double hung sash windows can be opened by sliding the bottom up or the top down, and single hung sash windows only opens from the bottom.  


Single hung sash windows 


The original popular window type, single hung sash windows were used due to their higher quality and as they developed, became the standard installation for new windows. As the production of single hung sash windows increased, they were upgraded to have more standardised components. Such as the rope and pulley system that used counterweights to make it easier to open the windows, and keep them open. 


Double hung sash windows 


The evolution of single hung sash windows, the new double hung sash windows allowed for openings at the bottom and the top. The key benefit for double hung sash windows is their safety capabilities. Children are less likely to be harmed by opening the top portion of the window, just make sure they can’t climb their way up to it.  


What are sash windows used for? 


You will most likely find most sash windows on Gregorian and Victorian houses. Made up of the usual composition of 6 panels of glass in both parts of the window. Double hunh sash windows offer much better ventilation as the air can move through both the top and bottom of the window.  


What kind of homes would sash windows be suited for?  


With the switch from timber frames to uPVC in the 21st century, sash windows are becoming more popular. Your double hung wood frames may need replacement windows or frames and therefore it would be a great time to switch them out to uPVC frame. You may have to use single or double sash windows if you live in a listed building. If you are repairing your double hung windows it may be cheaper to upgrade them instead. Timber frames do require more upkeep than uPVC. Most homes can accommodate sash windows so if you are thinking of changing your windows, it is best to contact Pinnacle to make sure they are viable. 


What colours do they come in? 


The most common colour used for sash windows is white. However, there are different styles to suit your needs. From wood grain to matt finishes. It is recommended to speak to Pinnacle to get the best colour for your home! 


Why would you use Pinnacle Home Improvements for Sash Windows? 


Pinnacle Home Improvements provide a fantastic range of windows and services to make sure you get exactly what you want. Windows are the best way to increase natural lighting in the home and also create a steady airflow throughout the home. Contact us on 01527522019 today to find out more!