Long admired for their attractive appearance and practical benefits, sash windows are perhaps the most revered of all window types. Particularly well-suited to period properties, sash windows have an elegance and charm that comes from being a hallmark feature of traditional architecture. Many windows suppliers now provide the option of installing sash windows with uPVC frames. The reasoning goes that uPVC as a material is comparatively inexpensive, and it is also easy to clean and maintain. Modern innovations have seen uPVC being produced in realistic woodgrain finish effects, which has enhanced this material’s popularity.
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However, many people feel that if they are going to have new sash windows fitted, then they must be made with the traditional timber frames. As a typical and traditional feature of a period property, it stands to reason that the materials used in sash window frames must also be authentic. The only downside is that wooden sash windows do tend to come at a higher price than their uPVC equivalents. But if only the best will do for your period home, then wooden sash windows are a must. Here is a guide to wooden sash window prices.
Quotes for wooden sash windows
There are many different factors that go into determining a quote for the replacement of wooden sash windows, not the least of which is the type of wood you will be needing: hardwood or softwood. Naturally, there is the number and size of the windows themselves. If you have a bay window that needs replacing, for example, this could drive the overall price up considerably. There is also the type of glazing that you will be using. There is standard double glazing, or even triple glazing to choose from, although if you are in a listed property or your home is in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there may be limits on the type of glass you can have installed.
Other factors that contribute to the ultimate cost of replacement wooden sash windows are the amount of space you have in the stone (this will affect whether or not you can have two weights to be included with each sash or if spiral balances need to be used instead), and the kind of finish (paint, varnish, staining) that you need on the inside as well as the outside of the frames. Finally, suppliers also factor in the distance to the job.
Wooden sash window prices
For a single window to be completely replaced with a new wooden sash window, including the casement, weights and glazing, plus any finishing, expect to pay somewhere between £600 and £1200 depending on the size of the frame. Always remember that you give yourself a better chance of finding the best possible price by getting more than one quote. The more cost estimates from reputable local suppliers you have, the better able you will be to make an informed decision. Only by comparing different quotes will you get an understanding of what the best possible price can be.