Sash windows have been constructed for several hundred of years. The oldest version of this style of windows had weights, cords, and pulleys to operate how the windows were opened and closed. Many Victorian and Georgian estates increased the popularity of sash windows from as early as the 1500's through the 1850's when plate glass become readily available for sash windows. The popularity of sash windows declined after the 18th and 19th century. However, the availability of more stable construction and increased safety measures has caused the market for sash windows to grow exponentially.
Traditional windows offer a simple slide feature to open and close windows. At any moment traditional windows can drop unexpectedly and cause injuries to anyone including children. There are limit stops that can be added to double glazed sash windows. Limit stops are placed on widows to create a boundary for how far the window can be opened. This is an important safety feature to consider for children. Second story or higher bedrooms can utilize this facet to prevent any sort of accident such as a small child falling out of a window. Furthermore, limit stops can provide ventilation without putting any occupants at risk from a wide open window. This is important compared to a traditional window that often needs to be opened much more for circulation that allows extreme weather conditions to enter the home.
Traditional windows can be wedged open or slide easily, causing a breach in security. Sash windows are typically installed with an added safety measure known as cam catches. This is a mechanism that has been used throughout years of development. The catches were easily opened in the past by using a small, slim knife. The catch has been technically improved by becoming a claw cam that has a key locking feature. This characteristic can be used by either left or right handed individuals. Catches can be placed on opposite sides of the window structures to prevent sliding in either direction. Cam catches now have nylon support to prevent wear and tear of metal on metal contact. The inclusion of cam catches is an obvious choice when considering safety during installation.
Another concern plaguing the sash window industry was the tendency for the windows slamming shut accidentally. This was an obvious safety concern that resulted in the production of safety stays. The stays limit the sash from leaning inwards more than 45 degrees. This feature maintains the safety of any person or item that could be damaged by the unexpected closing of the window. The listed safety mechanisms can all be combined and installed for greater safety compared to any other modern window.
Some additional safety features automatically come with the strength in design of sash windows. Crime in the home is reduced because of the strength of sash windows. Designs made of timber are especially difficult for outsiders to break the panes of sash windows. Traditional windows are often single pane and much easier to break through. The choice of sash windows is obvious if safety is the primary concern to be addressed. The market for sash windows continues to grow exponentially because of the modern improvements in design, safety and energy efficiency compared to many traditional windows on the market today.
This post is a courtesy of Bygone Sash Windows, a leading provider of sash windows across the UK. The company offers sash windows in uPVC, engineered softwood, and hardwood.