Sash Window Upgrades (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions

The sash window upgrade is our flagship product. The following list of questions and answers will provide you with an understanding of the product and the process.

Q.  What is a sash window upgrade?

A.  We manufacture new wooden sashes and fit them with Planitherm Total glazed units.  The new sashes are designed to fit into your existing window frame.  This makes a considerable improvement to the window’s thermal and acoustic properties.

Q.  Can my existing window frame be replaced during the upgrade process?

A.  Yes, we can manufacture and fit a new window frame, if you want us to do so.  However, we normally only replace frames when it is necessary to do so.  You can rest assured that your existing window frame will be thoroughly checked and repaired, as is appropriate.

Q.  Do upgraded sash windows look like traditional sash windows?

A.  Yes, we replace the glazing bar positions in order to ensure the window’s traditional look and style is maintained.

Q.  What type of wood do you use when manufacturing new sashes?

A.  We use Accoya® because it has outstanding durability and is guaranteed for 50 years when used above ground.  Please take time to watch the Accoya video on our website.  It explains why the timber has such long-lasting qualities.

Q.  Will the existing sash weights be sufficient to counterbalance the Planitherm Total glazed units?

A.  No, upgraded sash windows are much heavier.  We usually fit spiral balances to counterbalance the additional weight.  However, we can fit heavier lead weights if a customer prefers to retain the traditional mechanism.

Q.  Are upgraded sash windows fitted with draught excluders?

A.  Yes, we fit draught excluding staff and parting beads as standard.

Q.  Do you paint your sash windows?

A.  Yes, we have a spray-painting facility at our workshop.  So, you can have your new sash windows finished in any (RAL) colour you choose.

Q.  Do you use external contractors to fit your upgraded sash windows?

A.  No, we use our own staff.  Our approach to quality is based on us controlling the process from start to finish.

Sash Window Upgrade: North Yorkshire

Upgraded arched-head sash window
Sash Window Upgrades

We  upgraded the above arched-head sash window for a customer in North Yorkshire. The new sashes were manufactured in Accoya® timber.  The upgrade included our full double glazing package, spiral balances, seals and brushes.  We spray painted the woodwork in our own painting facility as part of the manufacturing process.   Our sash window upgrade packages improve thermal efficiency and make the interior of a property more comfortable.

We combine skilled people, traditional methods, and quality materials when making our products. We can replicate any Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian style to match the original windows and doors in any period property or listed building.

Sash Window Double Glazing

Sash Window Upgrades

The image above shows a bay containing three separate sash windows.  We manufactured the new sashes in Accoya® timber and upgraded the windows.  The upgrade included our full double glazing package, spiral balances, seals and brushes.  We also spray painted the woodwork in our own painting facility as part of the manufacturing process.   Our sash window upgrades improve thermal efficiency and make the interior more comfortable.  Ryedale Joinery sash window upgrades are available for all types of sash window, regardless of age or architectural style.

Georgian Sash Windows

Georgian Sash Windows in Bay

We manufactured new sashes and upgraded the above bay window.  The upgrade included our full double glazing package, spiral balances, seals and brushes.   All the woodwork is in Accoya® .   We can upgrade any type of sash window to improve thermal efficiency and make a property more comfortable.  Our timber sash window upgrades are available for Georgian sashes, Victorian sashes, Yorkshire sliding sashes and all of their variants.  

 

Sash Window Upgrades

Traditional Victorian bay window containing three sash windows upgraded and double-glazed by Ryedale Joinery.

Upgraded Timber Sash Windows

The above image illustrates some of the sash windows we recently upgraded for a customer at York.  The windows are double-glazed with quality 14mm Planitherm sealed units.  We also fitted spiral balance systems, and seals and brushes to the window frames, jambs and meeting rails in order to minimize heat loss. Accoya® timber was used to manufacture the new sashes.  We spray painted the new sashes in our own painting facility.