Facts About Sliding Sash Windows

There are many types of window on modern properties, sliding sash are the more traditional wooden windows, different from the plastic window frames that are on many modern houses.

Sliding sash windows were designed and created by English scientist Robert Hooke and whilst the exact date is unknown there are still existing sash windows in England that date back to 1670 such as the “Ham” house. A typical sliding sash window has both an upper and lower sash that slides vertically to open. The movable casing that holds the glass panes is actually called the “sash” and in the original design they were made of wood. In almost all older homes especially historical ones, these wooden sashes still exist.

This style of window has been used for centuries and can often be found in older homes and historical properties. Because homes that have been built recently do not always contain this design when renting or purchasing a property with them can it be rather tricky to figure out the proper use.

When opening or closing this type of window it is very important to use both hands and apply an equal amount of pressure so the window does not become “caught up” or jammed. If the window does not open or close easily it is best not to force it because damage can be done to both the sash itself and the glass panes.

Unlike newer windows, sometimes opening this window type can be rather tricky, if upon opening the window it starts to show resistance to be moved, it is vitally important that the window is not “forced” open. This will either jam the window in an awkward position or if enough force is applied it will break the glass panes. This can occur because of weather conditions and the wood will “swell up” or because friction has caused a wear spot.

Occasionally the bars and sashes will require a fresh coat of paint to keep them looking clean or to match a new d’ecor within the room. After removing the old paint (taking special care if the old paint is lead based) tape off the glass panes and use a fine brush to paint the bars and sash. Once dry just remove the tape.

If a sash has become “sticky” or hard to open and close raise up the lower sash then lubricate the inner casing or “runner” with any high quality lubricant, various forms of wax such as beeswax work very well also.

Older sliding sash windows can be made more cost efficient by using a variety of different products that are available at any hardware or home improvement shops. They are easy to install without the help of a professional.

When restoring an older home the aesthetic value of the home is kept intact by using replacement sliding sash windows. Not only does it protect the original beauty of the home but it also increases the monetary or resale value.

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