Choosing good quality sash windows

Sash windows are classically beautiful, graceful windows that have been augmenting British homes for centuries. Many of the UK’s architectural masterpieces were built with sliding sash windows and are often found in Georgian and Victorian-built houses.

The original sash windows would have traditionally been manufactured in wood.  However, after years of wear and tear the inherent problems of wooden windows such as rot, swelling or distortion of the woodwork becomes all too common.  So much so that wood giving off moisture and still being open to movement, due to not being aged properly, means the wood loses its shape leading to draughty windows.

As you will have probably realised if you are reading this article, wooden sash windows are high maintenance and expensive to maintain. It’s why many homeowners are turning to UPVC sash windows. After all, they offer all the traditional looks with modern day practicality.

But if you want to have all the elegance of a traditional timber sash window and all the benefits of a modern window, you have to choose a good quality UPVC sash window.  

So, when you’re choosing good quality UPVC sash windows, what should you be looking for? Let’s take a look.

Choosing good quality sash windows that have authentic period looks

In the past, UPVC windows were not permitted in conservation areas. They didn’t match the detail of traditional windows and could have a negative impact on an area’s character.  

But that all changed with the introduction of our Genesis UPVC Sash Window.

Everywhere you look, there’s an attention to detail that means the window beautifully replicates a traditional timber window like no other. 

It has softly sculptured bead and glass lines, precision milled run-through sash horns and an option for an authentic deep bottom rail. Matching Astragal bars can be also used to recreate a period look. Authentic hardware and period colours in low-sheen finishes add to the heritage aesthetics.

Of course, the biggest giveaway of most UPVC windows is the 45-degree weld on the corners of the sash and frame. But you don’t get those with the Genesis UPVC Sash Window. For the ultimate in authenticity, you can choose the option of butt joints on the sash and frame. This means your window will have 90-degree joints that are precision-crafted to replicate a traditional timber joint of yesteryear. And even if you don’t choose this option, the standard welds are replaced with seamless Graf welds. These give you the look of a modern engineered timber joint because they are precision engineered so the weld line simply disappears. 

The end result is a window that looks at home in conservation areas and has been approved for use on Grade II-listed homes up and down the country.

Choosing good quality sash windows that offer modern day practicality

When you’re choosing good quality sash windows you should look for key heritage features. But don’t stop there. You should also look for windows that are secure, energy-efficient and easy-to-maintain. It means you have the best of both worlds – style, authenticity and practicality.

The Genesis UPVC Sash Window is the perfect example of this too.

The security features are exceptional. It has reinforced frames, high security locks and hardware so it is PAS24 compliant, which means it meets all legal requirements for window security. It is also available with ‘Secured by Design’ certification which is a police-backed initiative that recognises only the most secure windows.  It’s something that will give you peace of mind about the security of your home. 

Energy efficiency is excellent too. The window features upgraded gaskets and brushpiles, plus exclusive EPDM seals designed in-house to upgrade weather performance. It means the Genesis UPVC Sash Window has a Window Energy Rating of ‘A’ as standard and leads its class in terms of performance. 

The window is also packed with features that make it easy to maintain. The sashes tilt inwards so it’s easy to clean the outside of the panes. It never needs painting, filling or treating either, all it needs is an occasional wipe down with soapy water. 

The end result is that you have a window that gives you more than just heritage looks.

Choosing good quality sash windows from the Genesis Collection

As we’ve discussed, the perfect example of a good quality sash window is the Genesis UPVC Sash Window. To get in touch with your local installer to discuss choosing the quality sash windows for your home, click on the ‘Find Local Installers’ button at the top of this page and enter your postcode.