Sash windows are nothing but windows with a split which can be opened vertically or horizontally. Sash windows are widely preferred nowadays; this is due to the fact that one can keep them open during summer to get fresh air and closed during winter. Predominantly sash windows are made up of either wood or vinyl. Aluminum and combination of vinyl and wood are also used sometimes. Sash windows have been in use for more than three centuries.
Issues with sash windows:
Sash windows have to be maintained well else one may end up with them getting stuck. This would then become a major problem during winter when one needs them to be closed or the reverse case when one needs them to be opened during hot summer days. Thus they can become a bane if not maintained properly. Some of the common problems one may face when using sash windows are
- Due to shrinkage of wood or expansion they rot or swell and get distorted.
- Inexperienced painters may paint the sash in such a way that they may get stuck or make it too rigid to operate.
- Vinyl sash windows are prone to breaking as they are not so robust compared to wood.
- Vinyl windows are not suitable for industrial use as they are inflammable and could cause toxic fumes.
- The glasses in these windows are usually irreplaceable and hence have to be protected from damages during and after construction.
Thus one has to ensure that they use only high-quality sash windows as durability, robustness and maintenance are very important in sash windows. One has to carefully choose the material of the window and the make of the glass to ensure that it lasts longer. A sash window that is well maintained can last for decades altogether and can serve its purpose well in rain and shine.