Anyone with a period property will have had a dilemma with what to do with their windows. On the one hand, wooden sash windows offer authenticity and aesthetic appeal. But on the other hand they require regular care, let heat out and drafts in, and cost a fortune to replace. It doesn’t take long for double glazing to look like a sensible option.
So are homeowners doomed to a choice between what’s right practically, and what adds value to their property? Or is there a way they can satisfy both requirements?
The problem with sash windows
The historic popularity of sash windows in Yorkshire is such that windows which slide sideways are said to be in the “Yorkshire light” style. Throughout the county, and beyond, many Victorian and Georgian properties are blessed with large windows that fill their high-ceilinged, well-proportioned rooms with light. They come into their own in the warmer months, as half the window is raised or slid aside to let cooling, summer air into the home.
Of course, that relies on a balmy summer, and by the time January bites frostily, any benefits are long forgotten, as ageing, thin glass does little to keep the winter out, or the heat generated by your overworked central heating in.
The other major problem with sash windows raises its ugly head whenever the time comes to give your window frames a fresh layer of protective paint. Unless you’re careful, you can find you have painted your windows tightly shut, negating their benefit when the sun does eventually shine.
Stylish double glazing
Practically speaking, double glazed, PVCu windows are a far more sensible choice. They require far less maintenance and allow for the most comfortable living conditions. Anyone who has spent the winter in a house with single-glazed sash windows can testify to that.
There was a time when PVCu windows caused an aesthetic problem, but the good news is the quality and look of double glazing is getting better all the time.
Whether you live in a cottage, townhouse or converted mill, you will find a style to suit your property at Coral Windows. They have been providing the best range of double glazing in Leeds, Huddersfield and all across West Yorkshire, and even offer double glazed windows built to ultra-modern standards but in the style of sash windows.
Brilliant energy performance
Coral haven’t just raised the bar when it comes to the look of their windows. They have developed a wide range of glass designs ensuring there is pane to fit the character of your home and surrounding perfectly.
But while major strides have been made in the appearance of double glazing, it is really in performance that they come completely into their own.
Manufacturers like Coral ensure their products are built to exacting standards of energy efficiency. All their windows are made using Pilkington’s low-emissivity K Glass, which helps keep your home cool in the summer and, more importantly, warm in the winter.
Not only does this make for the most comfortable living, but you will find yourself saving on energy bills too. So when the time comes to make a decision on your glazing, energy-efficient double glazing that looks so good means the practical and aesthetic option can be one and the same.