Sliding sash windows play an important role in British architectural history and have been used in homes throughout the UK for over 300 years. In keeping with tradition, uPVC sliding sash windows are ideal for refurbishment projects as well as brand new installations as they offer a design that mimic the look of traditional timber but with a number of added performance benefits.
Experience modern design upgrades that provide energy and security benefits, as well as enhanced durability and versatility, while enjoying an authentic timber aesthetic.
Benefits of uPVC Sliding Sash Windows
- Boost thermal efficiency, uPVC allows for the option of double or triple glazing and offers an energy-efficient design for lower u-values and lower energy costs.
- Enjoy minimal maintenance, uPVC windows don’t warp, rust or peel, and there’s no need to ever sand down, repaint or varnish.
- Reduce costs, uPVC is more cost-effective than timber and offers a number of added advantages.
- Enhanced versatility, the finishes and design of the windows is bespoke and can be adapted to your specifications.
- Approved for conservation and heritage properties, for replacement projects, uPVC is often the window frame material of choice.
- Increased weather protection, uPVC windows are draught-proof and resistant to extreme weather conditions, including salt air in coastal areas.
- Better security, with a selection of additional locking mechanisms and security features, uPVC windows outperform the rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a sliding sash window?
Sometimes referred to as box-sash or vertical slider and is usually made up of two large panels (called sashes). Depending on the design style, one of the sashes will usually slide past the other, but some sliding sash windows allow both sashes to slide.
They’re a good option for decks and patios where an outward-opening sash would get int the way or for bathrooms and windows around the side of the house. Their neat, minimalist look paired with easy-to-use functionality makes them a popular option for homes in the UK.
The two main types of sliding sash windows are horizontal sliders (which slide from side to side) and vertical sliders (which slide up and down).
Read more about vertical sliders
How do they work?
Vertical sliding sash windows are made up of two sashes that slide up and down, and the sashes will usually be the same size. To ensure that the sash remains in place after you slide it up, the sash contains a counter-balance mechanism to keep it in place, without the need for sash weights, cords or pulleys.
Horizontal sliding sash windows are mounted in such a way as to slide past each other horizontally. They can be single sliders, where either the right sash or the left sash can move, or double sliders where both sashes can move.
How long do uPVC sash windows last?
uPVC sliding sash windows are designed to last for decades, even in more extreme weather conditions such as coastal regions. Sliding sash windows that have been professionally installed, well looked after and not subject to extreme weather can be expected to have a lifetime of thirty years or more.
Are sash windows safe?
uPVC sliding sash windows are designed with your security in mind. You can specify the locking mechanisms with our comprehensive range of security upgrades, making them a safe, secure sliding sash window choice.
Are timber or uPVC sliding sash windows better?
With the benefits of modern manufacturing, uPVC is considered the better option as they are more durable, require very little maintenance and have a much lower price point. Wooden sliding sash windows, in comparison, need frequent attention, are liable to rot and peel over time, and have a much shorter lifespan even if they are well cared for.
Sliding Sash Windows Types
Halo uPVC vertical sliders are flexible, customisable window systems able to meet the exacting requirements of both conservation projects and new builds. Combining traditional looks with modern performance benefits, homeowners can enjoy an extensive range of style options, sizing and finishes.
Pulleys and a cord with a spring balance system are used to hold sashes in place, rather than the traditional weights system, for smoother, easier opening and closing. Halo sliding sash windows have some of the lowest u-values for lower energy use and cost savings when closed.
Residence R7 & R9
Residence 9 sliding sash windows blend in seamlessly with heritage refurbishments as their luxury, authentic design is perfectly matched with the benefits of modern window technology. The R9 range, in particular, can be configured with double and triple glazing, has industry-leading thermal and acoustic ratings, and among the highest weather classifications on the market.
The windows also balance functionality with style, and homeowners can customise their order, choosing from a range of colours, styles and hardware for a bespoke aesthetic.
The Bifolding Door Factory Promise
Honest advice from an experienced team.
With over 30 years in the industry, our skilled team is proud to offer consistently excellent service. We’re committed to manufacturing, supplying and installing sliding sash windows that match your exact specifications.
Each window is proudly made in the UK, and we hold ourselves to the highest British architectural standards. We can help you recreate the grandeur of a stately home or assist with adding a minimalist modern finish to a new building.
Sliding Sash Windows by the Professionals
Whether you want to replace your wooden sash windows or find the perfect windows for a new build project, we can help you make the right decision.
We offer friendly, personalised advice, competitive pricing and a full range of window services that can be tailored to your needs.
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