How to make Sash Windows using Casement Windows
Choosing a windows style for your home when you need replacements can sometimes be a bit stressful. Especially if you have classic sash windows already fitted and have a limited budget the replace them.
So how can you balance your budget and the need to fit one of the costlier types of window style? Is it possible to combine both the value for money of casement windows and the classic appearance of a Sash?
In short, the answer is yes. By opting for “faux Sash windows” or false sashes, you can potentially lower the cost of replacing your old sash windows.
So, how are Faux Sash windows different?
Firstly, a classic sash window is made from 2 glazed sections (top & bottom). These sashes open by sliding vertically up & down.
Where only the top section opens they are called “single hung”. If both top and bottom sections open, they are called “double hung”.
Faux or false versions have the classic sash visual appearance but open like a side hung or top hung (awning) casement window or a tilt & turn window.
Of course, under close inspection,
it will become clear that they are not true sash windows. But to be fair, from street level, the only way you would probably notice the difference is when the windows are opened.
For example, of the styles in the image above, the top halves of the windows would usually be the opening section. They will swing outwards from hinges placed at the top of the frame like a casement window. You could elect to have both sections open, but that will increase the cost.
With a tilt & turn version, the whole glazed area can be set to be a single unit, with the crossbars merely decorative. In this way the complete window can tilt inwards for ventilation or swing open from the side. For both turn or tilt function, the window will open inwards.
In terms of decorative features, the faux sash can be built to include window horns, beveled frame edges etc. Integral structural “proper” window bars can be utilized, or you can make use of inserts within the double glazed sealed units to keep costs lower.
False sash windows are available in timber or UPVC. UPVC windows can be made available in a range of around 12 colours or wood-grain effect finishes.
Timber sash windows are available using softwood, hardwood or even “engineered” wood, such as Accoya (https://www.accoya.com/).
The traditionalists amongst us will surely argue that there is no substitute for a well-made, classically styled timber box sash window. However, they are considerably costlier than average casement window.
In our humble opinion, Faux sash windows make a very decent and value for money alternative option.