Sash Window Double Glazing

Sash window with reduced heat loss diagram
Upgraded Sash Windows

We can upgrade your existing timber sash windows by fitting Planitherm double-glazed units.  Planitherm units provide an excellent thermal insulation solution for old windows.

The original timber frame is sufficiently broad to accommodate new sliding sash windows. We make the sashes to hold double-glazed units. We use Accoya® because it is a modified, sustainably sourced timber with durability and stability that matches or exceeds the finest hardwoods.

U-Values and Energy Consumption

An upgraded Victorian sash window with double glazed units.
Victorian Bay with Upgraded Sash Windows

We always fit the most appropriate double-glazed units to maximise thermal efficiency.  For example, our 24 mm Planitherm units have a U-value of 1.2w/m2/k.  This provides a considerable improvement compared to the 3mm (U-value = 6.8w/m2/k) and 4mm float glass types (U-value = 5.6 w/m2/k) that are usually fitted in old sash windows. (U-values represent the rate of heat transfer through glass. A lower U-value means that heat flows more slowly through the glass). Your energy consumption will depend upon the building, the local climate, and the interior temperature.

We always fit toughened safety glass in our new windows.  It makes economic sense to fit toughened glass to any new window because you are less likely to need to replace it during the window’s lifetime.

Spiral Balance Systems

An image advertising Accoya® high performance wood.
We recommend Accoya® timber.

We recommend replacing sash cords and weights with a modern spiral balance system to offset the additional weight of the 14mm double-glazed units. However, we can fit traditional weights and cords if it is more appropriate.  The spiral balance system provides a sufficient counterbalance to ensure the upgraded sash windows move effortlessly. To complete the package, we fit seals and brushes to your window frames, jambs and meeting rails to reduce heat loss.

Upgrading Sash Windows Free E-book

Andrew Stronach has produced an E-book that explains Ryedale Joinery’s approach to upgrading timber sash windows.  The topics covered include double glazing, thermal efficiency, safety glass, spiral balance systems, and our approach to spray painting during manufacturing.  The book is easy to understand and contains examples of wooden windows and doors we have manufactured and installed for domestic customers in Yorkshire. 

Click on the download button below to obtain your free copy of Andrew’s E-book:

Sash Window Upgrades FAQs

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