Find out about the latest goings on at Wandsworth Sash Windows – there’s always something new happening, and this is where we tell you about it. We also bring you news from across the window and door industry, sharing our knowledge to help keep you up to date.

The Perfect Pair: Double-Glazed Windows & Plantation Shutters

Windows are pivotal in your home’s aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency. At Wandsworth Sash Windows, we specialise in premium timber double-glazed windows that elevate your living space. Pairing these with plantation shutters can transform your home into a haven of style and functionality. Discover how plantation shutters can enhance your home’s appearance and performance.  …

Wooden Sash Windows: Common Questions & Answers

In the ever-changing climate of the UK, where sunny spells can swiftly turn to biting wind and rain, windows play a pivotal role in our daily lives. Replacing old windows with new double-glazed wooden sash windows might seem straightforward, but the wide range of options available can make it a complex journey. At Wandsworth Sash…

Carbon Footprint Reduction: How Your Choice of Sash Windows and Doors is Important

Sash windows and wooden doors are not only beautiful and timeless, but they can also positively impact the environment by helping to reduce our carbon footprint. Timber, a renewable resource, is an excellent choice for sash windows and wooden doors as it offers numerous environmental benefits. Amidst the pressing need to reduce our carbon footprint,…

Go Green: Eco-Friendly Choices for Windows & Doors

The windows and doors industry in the UK is undergoing a transformation that directly impacts homeowners. From technological advancements to evolving design trends, staying informed about these changes is crucial for making informed decisions about your property. Here’s a comprehensive overview of what’s happening in the industry that could affect homeowners in the UK.  …

All You Need to Know About Double-Sash Windows

Double-sash windows have long been a staple in British homes, offering practicality and aesthetic appeal. If you’re considering installing or upgrading your windows, understanding their ins and outs is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about double-sash windows, from their design and operation to their energy efficiency and cleaning…

Embark on Your Window Hardware Journey

Wandsworth Sash Windows is a premier installer in window design and manufacturing. We offer an extensive selection of window hardware tailored for customers wanting to install new sash and casement windows. Here, we delve into our popular ranges, spotlighting essential products every customer should consider.   Casement Window Hardware Wandsworth Sash Windows takes pride in…

What is a Window Sash?

Understanding the Basics of a Window Sash Some terminologies might seem perplexing at first glance in the realm of windows. One such term is “window sash.” For those unfamiliar, it’s easy to mistake it for just another part of the window. However, understanding what a window sash is and its significance can empower you, especially…

Changing a Grade 2 Listed Building – What you need to know

Many homeowners, particularly those who have never owned or rented a Grade 2 listed property, may ask themselves, do I need permission to modernise my heritage property? Hence, we have created this informative guide to assist such homeowners in finding the answer.   So, can you change your Grade 2 Listed building without permission?  …

Sash Windows & Timber Doors for a Cohesive Home Exterior.

The devil is in the details when crafting a visually appealing home exterior. Every element, from the windows to the doors, has a key role in defining the overall aesthetic. In this guide, we’ll explore the art of unifying sash windows and timber doors to create a cohesive and inviting facade for your home. Sash…

Windows, Doors & Listed Buildings: What you need to Know

Living within the confines of a Grade 2 listed building in the UK can be attractive due to its historical significance. However, it’s natural for homeowners to desire to enhance such architectural gems. Still, the challenge lies in achieving harmony between elevating the structure’s aesthetic appeal and safeguarding its rich historical essence. At Wandsworth Sash…

Can You Change the Outside of Your Grade 2 Listed Building?

Owning a Grade 2 listed building is a unique experience, as they are laden with historical, cultural, and architectural significance. However, as the demands of modern living evolve, a question may emerge: Can you change the exterior of a Grade 2 listed building without compromising its heritage value? This guide explores what you can and…

A Quick Guide to Caring for Your Wooden Doors

A wooden door’s design can add a timeless addition to the style of any home, so to ensure your wooden doors stand the test of time, it’s crucial to implement a proper care and maintenance routine. In this quick guide, we’ll explore helpful tips to preserve the beauty and functionality of your wooden doors for…

Sustainable Solutions for Sash Windows and Wooden Doors

Where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of our minds, every aspect of our homes plays a crucial role in contributing to a sustainable future. Sash windows and wooden doors, being integral components of traditional and modern architecture alike, are no exception. Here, we will explore eco-friendly alternative and sustainable solutions for these elements, examining…

Common Problems with Sash Windows and Wooden Doors and How to Fix Them

Sash windows and wooden doors can bring a touch of elegance and charm to any home, but like other architectural elements, they are not immune to wear and tear. At Wandsworth Sash Windows, we understand how important it is to maintain these classic features to preserve the character of your property; so here, we will…

All You Need to Know About Casement Windows – Part 2

Welcome back to this two-part series exploring casement windows. In Part 1, we covered casement windows’ basics, costs, and advantages over other window styles. Now, let’s delve into more specific aspects of casement windows to help you make informed decisions for your home.   Are Casement Windows Safe? Casement windows are generally safe and secure.…

All You Need to Know About Casement Windows – Part 1

Casement windows have been popular in home design for centuries, offering a classic aesthetic and practical functionality. If you’re considering upgrading your windows or exploring new options for your home, this two-part blog series will cover everything you need to know about casement windows. In part 1, we’ll delve into casement windows’ and look at…

We have been featured!

We have some great news to share with you! Our company was recently featured in EndtoEnd IT’s blog post and magazine article. We are thrilled and excited to share this fantastic news with our community. Click to view the blog post  Click to view the Magazine Article  

The Appeal of Wooden Doors: Classic and Timeless Elegance

In the ever-changing world of design trends, where modern styles often supplant traditional ones, a feature has stood the test of time and that’s the timeless beauty of timber wooden doors. These doors have been integral to British architecture for decades.   The everlasting grace of timber wooden doors speaks volumes about the deep history…

Exploring Home Improvement Trends for 2024

As we gear up for the new year, it’s a great time to reflect on what London homeowners have loved in the home improvement scene and look forward to 2024.   The upcoming year is about nailing the perfect mix of practicality and style and doing right by our planet, where the emphasis is on…

Six Steps for Sash Window Care and Maintenance

Sash windows are iconic in many London homes, imparting a timeless elegance to any property. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure sash window longevity. Wandsworth Sash Windows has six steps for preserving your sash windows’ beauty and functionality. Whether you require repairs or replacements or seek to extend the lifespan of your windows, this guide…

Child-Safe Sash Windows: The Importance of Safety Glass in Family Homes

Sash windows exude timeless elegance and functionality in family homes, offering a classic appeal while allowing ample natural light and ventilation. However, amidst the beauty, safety becomes paramount, especially in households with children. Traditional windows pose inherent risks due to standard glass fragility, making homes vulnerable to accidents. This is where the prominence of safety…

Discover the Timeless Elegance of Sash Windows

With their classic design and timeless elegance, sash windows have been a favourite architectural feature in homes for centuries. These windows provide functionality and add a touch of sophistication to any building. If you’re in the market for sash windows, Wandsworth Sash Windows is a company that can help you acquire these elegant additions to…

How to achieve energy efficient sash windows

Are you thinking of investing in timber sash windows for your property? Whether you’re treating your home to brand new sash windows, or restoring existing ones, it’s important to consider energy efficiency. The type of windows that you invest in, as well as the materials used and the quality of craftmanship and installation, has a…

The importance of excellent joinery in your home

Home improvements are often a priority for property owners, keeping their space fresh, enticing and a beautiful place to be. When you think ‘home improvements’, a lot of people automatically think wallpaper and paintbrushes, but there can be a lot of change made by investing in other factors, such as windows and furniture. If you’ve…

How to paint your sash windows: Add life to your home

If you’re thinking of ways to add some charm to your property, or you have the itch to re-decorate without putting in too much effort, re-painting your sash windows could be the perfect solution. The trim of your windows can have a lot more impact on your décor than you may think, and playing around…

Prepare your sash windows for winter

It is something we may be too fearful to admit, but winter is fast approaching and with adequate warning, we can make sure that our homes are prepared for the temperature change. This preparation can allow us to keep energy bills low, retain internal heat and relax in a warm home each evening. If your…

How long do VOCs last after painting an interior space?

We all know that paint comes in a variety of types, colours, and ingredients – such as oil-based, water-based, or latex.  Low VOC is another option, but what does it mean exactly? We explain what is meant by VOCs, their purpose, why high levels are harmful and how long VOCs last after you have finished…

What is a window sash and why is it so popular?

As sash window experts, we are well placed to explain this unique type of window to our customers. People often want to know about the different components that make up a sash window, and to understand where it gets its name. We are regularly asked the question, “what exactly is a window sash”? So to…

Friction Hinges vs Butt Hinges – What’s The Difference?

Standard Friction Hinge Butt Hinge A friction hinge and a butt hinge are two different types of hinges commonly used for casement windows. Here are the main differences between them: Design: A friction hinge is usually a single, sturdy unit with an integrated mechanism that allows controlled friction and smooth movement. On the other hand,…

Blending classic and contemporary styles: Sash windows

If you’re a style enthusiast, it’s likely that you’re a fan of sash windows. The design of your property’s interior is probably something you take pride in, and so you may carefully select your furnishings and colour schemes to create the best home possible. Sash windows are a feature that can benefit more than just…

From concept to creation: The bespoke joinery process

Bespoke joinery is something which can turn a house into a home. Unique pieces, tailored to your style of living and décor preferences, have the ability to capture the essence of your home, and craft it into tangible furniture. The process taken to produce these beautiful aspects of our homes are in depth and capture…

Enhancing your kerb appeal for the summer

As summer gets into full swing, now is the time to give your kerb-appeal a well appreciated boost. Whether you are looking to give your guests and passers-by that ‘WOW’ factor or considering ways to increase the value of your home before putting it on the market, our blog is packed with helpful tips, tricks,…

The importance of sash window history in homes

Sash windows have long been a sought-after feature in homes across the UK, with them being so coveted that they are often sighted in listed buildings. This dedication to their preservation, as well as more and more brand-new sash windows being installed to achieve the traditional style, signifies an important history. Sash windows have been…

Repair or replace: What to do with your sash windows

Sash windows in a property will often become one of the most gorgeous and envied features. If you have sash windows within your home, it’s likely you appreciate their stunning beauty! Sometimes, however, your sash windows can run into some problems or wear and tear. If this happens, you will run into two main options:…

A guide to cleaning your wooden sash windows safely

Maintaining the elegant appearance of your timber sash windows is going to be of high priority after their installation. As an aspect of your property that increases your kerb appeal, it is important to keep them clean. Providing your timber sashes with a little TLC grants both the glass and frames protection for longevity. To…

Who are Sanford Group Ltd?

Wandsworth Sash Windows has specialised in the manufacture and installation of high-quality joinery in London since 2013. Since it’s creation, Wandsworth Sash Windows has supplied the local area and beyond with high quality sash windows, casement windows, French doors, bi-folding doors and front doors. In 2015, a move was made for Wandsworth Sash Windows to…

The influence of front door colours on your home

Your front door provides the first impression of your home to visitors and passers-by. A front door can entice people, drawing them into your home and elevating your property to the style of your desire. You might be wondering what the ideal front door looks like. There are so many options, especially when it comes…

The impact sash windows have on property value

Boasting a timeless elegance and classic charm, sash windows provide a captivating architectural feature that is displayed upon many homes up and down the country, elevating their kerb appeal whilst providing practical benefits. This month, we explore how sash windows can positively increase property value. Sash windows: An investment worth making For homeowners seeking a…

Plantation shutters vs blinds: Which is right for you?

Home improvements often spark several questions within every household, and when it comes to window dressings, the level of deliberation is no different – and for good reason. With many an option to consider, the decision between blinds or a set of wooden plantation shutters is a conversation often had. Whether you’re looking for a…

The advantages of a draught seal and overhaul service

If you live in a property where the sash windows have been residents of the home for a long time, there could be a chance that there is a draught. This can also occur in homes that aren’t that old, due to weather damage or neglect. There is nothing worse than sitting by a window…

Do porches require planning permission?

Adding a porch to your property can increase kerb appeal with improved aesthetics, as well as provide further benefits such as additional storage space and insulation to the front or side of your home. However, the question of planning permission hovers over the idea of porch construction and can cause means for confusion. Typically, porches…

Our experience at The Listed Property Show 2023

Recently, our team at Wandsworth Sash Windows had the pleasure of exhibiting at The Listed Property Show – an event at Olympia London where all the information you could need about listed buildings is wrapped up in one package. If you are thinking of altering, renovating or developing your listed building in any way, The…

A guide into the sash windows in Victorian properties

Dating back to the late 1600’s, sash windows have been used throughout history, and have since become a staple for contemporary home design in period properties today. Sash windows were particularly popular throughout Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian times, and the love for their design, characteristics and attributes is still shared today. The Victorian era was…

The differences between astragal and Georgian bars

When deciding to invest in new windows for your home, you may have come across the option of astragal bars and Georgian bars. These are largely decorative features for your windows that can enhance their aesthetic and provide safety benefits for your home. Traditionally, and in the case of single glazing, bars on the windows…

Casement or sash windows? Let’s explore

Have you been considering gracing your home with replacement windows and frames? If this sounds like you, you may have been toying with the idea of whether to install casement or sash style windows. This is a dilemma that many are plagued with, as we don’t want to make the wrong decision for our homes!…

Removing condensation from the inside of your windows

Whether your windows are new or old, the presence of condensation is not the sight you’ll want to see. Whilst they can remove the views of your surrounding land, a build-up of condensation can actually lead to more harmful effects, such as black mould and damaged window frames – especially if yours are constructed from…

What is the Listed Building Consent process?

If you own a listed building, there is a high chance that you are the victim of much envy! Listed buildings are so sought after, and they are the subject to a lot of architectural respect. Therefore there is a Listed Building Consent process – to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the property’s era. However,…

British Woodworking Federation awards finalists!

It’s that time of year again, and we don’t mean Christmas… Fast approaching is the British Woodworking Federation Awards 2022, and Wandsworth Sash Windows are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists within two amazing categories. What is the British Wood Working Federation? The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is the trade association…

Horrifying Halloween decorations for your windows

Yet again, the season of crispy, caramel-coloured leaves and pumpkin picking is upon us. Wedged firmly and fondly in the middle of autumn is the long-awaited holiday of Halloween, and many people wait months until they can bring out their faithful decorations and make their home the spooky haven it was meant to be. If…

How to achieve style with traditional sash windows

Sash windows could be considered as the height of traditional style. Coveted by architects and style enthusiasts, sash windows are requested frequently by homeowners striving to achieve a traditional, older style within their home. Let’s step back in time to understand where the style originated from and find out how you can achieve the same…

French doors: 6 benefits to your home

French doors have been present in the design world since the 17th century. Their timeless style has meant that they are still a staple feature in many properties, and homeowners continue to get them installed. As well as their beautiful aesthetic, French doors offer many benefits for your home, from energy savings to accessibility. You…

Preserving the beauty of your sash windows: Your guide

No matter how long your home has been basking in the beauty of its sash windows, preserving them is a must. Even when your windows are new, taking care of them will help to prolong their longevity, making the most of your investment. Past cleaning the window panes, you might be wondering where to start?…

The most common reasons for repairing sash windows

Sash windows are a sought-after staple for people looking to invest in period properties. With their exclusive aesthetic and rich history, if you find a property with sash windows it’s often very valuable, and much of the time they are found within listed buildings. As sash windows are typically nestled in the confines of an…

Edwardian sash windows: The height of style?

Sash windows are known to date all the way back to the 1670s. Some credit their creation to English polymath Robert Hooke, (although there is insufficient evidence to support this!) and others trace their invention back to the Dutch. Sash windows have been used in architecture throughout history, especially in the Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian…

Achieve unrivalled U-value in your home with Fineo glass

If you have been looking into how to make your home more thermally efficient, you may have heard the term ‘U-value’. There are various small steps you can take towards becoming more energy efficient and eliminating the need to turn up the central heating dial. In this blog, we explore how optimising your homes U-value…

Replacing your windows in a conservation area

Do you happen to live in a conservation area? This is an area within which there are important environmental and historical interests. Protected by law, changes made to the properties must be approved in order to maintain the desired aesthetic in the area. Living in a home in a conservation area can make you feel…

Fineo vacuum insulated glass: Benefits for your home

Our home is our haven and considering how much time we spend in it, making it as stylish, comfortable and as energy efficient as possible should be near the top of our ‘to do’ list. Our windows are no exception. Luckily, our Fineo vacuum insulated glass ticks all three boxes and is considered the ultimate…

What is The British Woodworking Federation?

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is the trade association for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK and Wandsworth Sash Windows have been proud members for many years. Members are made up from a wealth of different sectors within our niche, from manufacturers, distributors, and installers of timber doors, windows, conservatories, staircases, furniture…

Growing Hyacinths for Christmas

In our biz, we tend to look through heaps of windows! Naturally, what people display on their window sill becomes a talking point for us at Christmas time with so many elaborate light displays and beautiful festive ornaments to admire, as well as some amazing festive indoor plants too. Hyacinths are always a popular choice,…

How do double glazed windows save energy?

With sustainability being such a hot topic at the moment, we are all keen to do our bit to save our wonderful planet as well as meet our needs without compromising the ability of future generations in meeting theirs. As all successful innovators will tell you, the secret is to think big, start small, learn…

What is a sash window horn?

Fear not, it doesn’t resemble a French horn or an animal horn in any way! A sash window horn may sound unusual, but it is actually a poignant feature of traditional period property sash window designs. So, what are they I hear you say? Sash horns are the features that protrude in a downward direction…

Types of paint finishes

If you are contemplating a paint project, you will no doubt be studying swatches of colour samples.  Once that task is complete, you’ll have to decide on the type of paint you want to use, and we don’t must mean which brand you’ll use either.  There are lots of different types of paint finishes to…

How to choose wallpaper for the living room

Ever since wallpaper made its comeback a few years ago, its popularity has surged to become a key trend that doesn’t look like it’s subsiding anytime soon.  Whatever your taste, there is wallpaper designed for everyone, from traditional floral designs, contemporary geometric, to 3D statement pieces and textured options. In this blog, we focus on…

Ways to add value to your period property with double glazed sash windows

To move or improve is a common dilemma pondered by homeowners. There has long been a strong stimulus to renovate and add value to homes rather than hunt for a dream property. Money is often the most influential factor, particularly in areas where stamp duty and moving costs can be as high as the cost…

What is the difference between storm-proof and flush casement windows?

Within the casement windows arena, there are two main types of windows designs you can choose from: Flush and storm-proof. A flush casement window does exactly as its name suggests – with the opening section (or ‘sash’) sitting flush with the window frame on the outside. A storm-proof casement window (also known as lipped casements)…

How to use frosted glass in every room in your house

Glass has never been so popular in the interior design world. Frosted glass in particular, is making a revival and is being used more often in modern contemporary living where the trend for open plan spaces and glass partitioning seems to be at an all time high. Aptly named after the misty effect it provides,…

Ways to decorate your home with stained glass

When referring to stained glass, many people immediately think of churches and the bold, elaborate, religious scenes depicted into their large glass windows. Historically, all of the different colours, pictures and symbols on the glass held a certain meaning to help those unable to read, learn the scripture, and bring bible stories to life. Today,…

Do plantation shutters keep the cold out?

We are all keen to find ways of enjoying a warm, draught free home without the need for constantly turning the heating up and paying extortionate energy bills. With up to 30% of heating energy lost through the windows of an average home, your window dressings are a great starting point for improving energy efficiency.…

Famous sash windows in Kent

Let’s face it, walking has become a really important part of our lives of late.  A daily walk helps clear our minds, get our bodies moving, top up our Vitamin D and boost our endorphins for a little of that welcome well-being feeling.  Next time you are planning a stroll, be sure to incorporate a…

How can you tell if a house has structural damage?

If you are buying a new house or trying to sell your own, structural problems can be a big deal. Structural issues can be dealbreakers for potential buyers, so it is important to address them. The problem is, how can you tell if a house has structural damage? In the blog we look into what…

Seasons greetings from Wandsworth Sash Windows

2020 has been full of surprises that no one could ever have predicted.  Alongside the thousands of other businesses, our team here at Wandsworth Sash Windows stepped up and coped with the chaos and challenging workarounds that resulted from the worst pandemic in recent history honourably.  Here are some of our highs and lows of…

What is a double hung sash window?

For most people (except for us!), windows are not generally something that is thought about on a daily basis and therefore, become part of the home that are often taken for granted.  However, window styles can actually be one aspect of a house design that really can make or break its success, not just to…

How to measure sash windows for a rough quote

If you have decided that it is time to replace your old sash windows with beautiful, new, double-glazed versions you maybe wanting to gage a rough idea of how much your new windows will cost.  Many of our customers ask us to provide them with a ballpark figure to begin with so they have an…

How do I improve the energy efficiency of my listed property?

The chilly nights will soon be upon us and the household thermostat wars will undoubtedly commence!   As we naturally start to consider turning the heating on to keep us snug over the winter months, you may be looking for ways to conserve as much heat in your home as possible to save cranking the dial…

The Green Homes Grant Explained

Since Chancellor Rishi Sunak first announced his plan (back in July 2020) to put aside £2 billion for green home upgrades, in a bid to promote energy efficiency and help boost our suffering economy following the Covid-19 lockdown, we have heard little about the details.  However, it has now been announced that September 2020 will…

Why is it important to preserve older buildings?

We are all aware of the lesson learned by judging books by their covers aren’t we?  Well, this notion also applies to historic and listed buildings – just because they are old and different looking, doesn’t mean they are not worth saving.  In fact, this could not be further from the truth.  Older buildings contribute…

Listed Buildings – The Basics

You may have heard the term in passing, visited one in person or you may even know someone that owns one, but what exactly does it mean when a building is ‘listed’?  In this article we go back to basics and recap what a listed building is, and why (and how) a building qualifies for…

Kitchen renovation | All the foresight you need

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?  It would be a particularly useful skill to have before undertaking a renovation project.  Well, with the help of some local residents that have already been through the kitchen renovation mill, we’ve put together all their golden nuggets of knowledge and hindsight to create a comprehensive guide of…

Tips for a healthy home

Did you know that there are hundreds of toxins polluting our air indoors?  Tiny particles from mould spores, house dust, pollen, cleaning products, gas cookers and cosmetics, all linger in the air and overtime, can have an impact on our health.  With many of us currently spending most of our time inside, we thought we…

Stained glass windows | New or repair?

Stained glass has been around for centuries, in fact, tools employed by craftsman for making glass have been known to date back thousands of years.  Traditionally, stained glass was used in British churches and became more common in houses during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.  The privileged few that boasted stained glass in their home…

What is Certass and how does a Certass certificate benefit our customers and our business?

Certass are specialists in installer certification for the building industry.  In order to become members of Certass, companies are assessed inline with specific licence requirements and industry standards.  In a nutshell, Certass financially and technically assess its members to ensure they meet the required standards. When did Wandsworth Sash Windows join Certass? Having previously been…

How to fit sash window safety restrictors

A home boasting elegant sash windows is often admired for the defined period style that sash windows evoke. However, due to the age of sash window design, there are often common misconceptions that they are not as secure as newer style window designs. But sash windows have stood the test of time for a reason.…

Winter flowering houseplants that will look great on your window sill

As much as we love the twinkly lights that illuminate our living rooms at this time of year, they are not your only option when it comes to adding colour and brightening up your home during the winter months.  Here are our suggestions for some blooming lovely houseplants that will really make a festive statement…

How to Keep Your Property Refurbishment on Track

If you are planning on undertaking a project at home you may want to consider the following key things to help keep things running smoothly and to schedule.  We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of kitchen refurbs and loft conversions over running by weeks on end haven’t we?  Well, whether you are planning a new…

How to Clean Sash Windows from the Inside

For longer-lasting, better looking timber sash windows, regular cleaning is recommended.  Cleaning your glass and timber surfaces often, will also help keep your sash windows functioning smoothly and will aid in letting light in and keeping draughts out.  If you are wondering how best to clean your sash windows whilst keeping your feet firmly on…

Should I choose hardwood or softwood sash windows?

Our customers often have questions regarding types of wood, and regularly ask us ‘should I choose hardwood or softwood sash windows’? The short answer is that it comes down to personal preference – both types of wood have their plus points and will make durable, hardy and very beautiful windows. In general, we use kiln…

How to ensure your Sash Windows are safe with children around.

 One of the questions we are most often asked is ‘are sash windows safe with children in the house?’ It’s understandable – children are curious and accident prone, and it’s always worth considering how you can make your sash windows safer with little ones around. This is an especially important consideration with older sash windows,…

Sash Windows Cost

One of the questions our customers most often ask us is ‘how much do sash windows cost?’ This isn’t an easy question to answer – in many ways, it’s like asking ‘how long is a piece of string?’ The cost will depend on so many factors that it is hard to give a definitive answer.…

Draught proof sash windows – how to improve energy efficiency

Sometimes, it’s possible to draught proof sash windows yourself as a DIY job. Other times, your windows might need more of an overhaul. The draught proofing process will all depend on the issues you are experiencing and the level of refurbishment needed – to help you get an idea, think about the following questions: Is…

Can I have double glazed sash windows? Your questions answered about sash windows and double glazing.

Yes, you certainly can have timber double glazed sash windows. Modern sashes are able to accommodate thicker double glazing, making windows thermally efficient and offering greater soundproofing. Double glazing is the perfect way to bring beautiful, traditional sash windows up to date, without losing their charm. For many people, the mention of sash windows conjures…

The problems with uPVC sash windows: why bespoke timber sash windows are a better option for your property

Choosing to install new sash windows is a big decision for any homeowner. With the rise in popularity of uPVC windows, many naturally think of this material when considering a replacement. uPVC sash windows might be similar to timber sash windows in terms of the operation and design. However, the appearance is in many ways…

How to repair a sash window – is it possible to repair your own sash windows in London?

Sash windows form an important part of a property’s architecture and nothing can rival their aesthetic on a period property. However, as aesthetically pleasing as sash windows are, they aren’t cheap to replace. This can leave older period properties with windows that are ill fitting, rotting, letting in draughts and, sometimes, that are dangerous or…

Repairing sash windows

Our windows are there to protect us from the elements. In doing so, they can take quite a beating over time. Temperature fluctuations, storm-force winds, as well as rain and snow can weaken frames which in turn will mean that our windows are not doing such a good job of protecting us anymore. Add age…

Help, I have condensation on my sash windows!

Will your gorgeous, yet slightly old sash windows last the winter? If you’re lucky enough to have original Victorian windows in your house, the hard December winds and bitter January snow can quickly remind you that, whilst beautiful, there is something to be said about well-insulated, draught- and condensation-free windows. Whilst professional (or DIY) draught-proofing…

Decorate your windows for Christmas

‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year… If Christmas is starting to creep up on you and the little ones (or even some of the grown-ups!) are excited about getting the decorations up then look no further for some inspiration for this year’s window trimmings. There is something for everyone – whether you like…

Preparing for your contractor to come in

Now that you have made the decision to get your windows replaced, it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare for when the contractors come in. Getting new windows installed, or the old ones replaced, is not a small decision and you have made a great investment in sash windows so you want to…

Check for draughts before winter

It’s mid-September, and while we have still had a lot of warm sunshine so far this month, there is no denying that the evenings and mornings are getting cooler, the nights are starting to draw in, and you are slowly starting to think about hibernating for the winter. Before you do – and there is…

How to get the right building contractor for your job

Are you looking to get some work done on your house or business property and not sure where to start when it comes to finding a contractor you can trust to turn up and do the job well? Not to mention one that doesn’t keep changing the price, or disappearing for days or weeks on…

Casement vs sash windows

Windows are everywhere. They are in every home, office, and shop that we walk or drive past on a daily basis. But whilst they’re an incredibly practical feature, they also have the power to transform your home. Whether you’re looking to increase natural light, want to ramp up kerb appeal, or to add to the…

How secure are sash windows?

With summer upon us and the weather becoming warmer, we are opening up our homes more to let the summer breeze in. We are also planning our holidays for later in the season when we will close them up again and go away for a few days. Both of these get many homeowners thinking… ‘Are…

Sash window maintenance: what you can do

The end of a harsh winter and the spring period before the summer season starts is the ideal time for checking, repairing, and running some maintenance tasks on your home. Your sash windows have had to work hard all winter to keep you warm, particularly if they are getting on in years so they could…

Everything you ever wanted to know about French doors

Have you been looking around you friends’ houses or neighbourhood and wondering about French doors? Is it making you think about whether they are suitable and right for you too? French doors can be a very stylish addition to any home so we decided to take a closer look at them this month to answer…

All you need to know about plantation shutters

Plantation shutters have been increasingly popular for a number of years and this trend is not likely to end any time soon. They are versatile, offer much-needed privacy in urban areas and help keep energy bills low in winter (and in summer too if you have air conditioning at home). As the days start to…

Glass balustrades how to be safe and stylish

There comes a time in many homes when style needs to find a good compromise with safety. You may have moved into a new place or renovated your existing home making changes that require balustrades to be included in the new design. Whether it is for indoor or outdoor spaces, glass balustrades have a number…

Stay warm this winter

There is no two ways about it: it’s cold! And it is still January, which means that there are at least two more months of cold weather before we can think of spring. If you have sash windows you may be feeling the cold more than most, particularly if they are older. We recently looked…

Thinking of installing sash windows?

You don’t have to live in a period property or a conservation area to have sash windows. While they are associated with more traditional designs, they can be fitted to any home. Many of us choose to replace our old style windows with a sash design for the elegance that they can bring to our…

The benefits of a bespoke wardrobe

We hear the word bespoke and our immediate reaction is that it must be expensive. While it will be more so than buying a factory-produced version, it need not be as expensive as you may think. When you also consider the value it can add to your home it may actually be a great investment…

Check your sash windows before winter

Are you dreading the cold weather because your sash windows are draughty? It doesn’t need to be that way. We all know that sash windows are beautiful and add a particular feel and look to a period home that is unrivalled by any modern building. But at the same time they can be draughty, particularly…

Replacing sash windows – what you need to consider

Thinking of replacing your sash windows? It’s not as complicated as you may have thought, but there are a few things that you need to consider and keep in mind as you decide what to replace them with. To help, we have compiled a list of what those are and why they are important. Should…

Get your home ready for autumn

The end of the summer season means that a lot of housework is probably lined up to prepare for winter. The summer months often mean we neglect our homes in favour of the garden or holidays, while the forthcoming cold and dark winter months can stop us from wanting to begin making any alterations. Before…

Easy Ways To Add Character To Your Home

The charm and history of a building are often what attracts people to make a property their home. A home with its elegant sash windows and its defined period style is often loved at first sight. It keeps the feel of the neighbourhood and almost takes you back to a time gone by. It is…

Curtains, Blinds Or Shutters? Which Is Best For Your Home?

When renovating or refurbishing a house, quite often the budget is spent before you get to the soft furnishing of the windows or the considerations that are involved therein. In fact, it can quite often become an afterthought. This is usually a mistake, especially after spending a lot of money redeveloping the look of a…

Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home Without Detracting From Its Character

There are several things that can be done to improve the energy efficiency of your home without having to take drastic measures. Tackling energy efficiency demons is a task best dealt with by taking a methodical approach. Dealing with Damp Starting with the simplest and easiest tasks that will make an impact first. A rudimentary…

Choosing a sash window specialist: An essential checklist

Searching for a sash window expert is no simple task, and when you turn to Google the half a million results can be plain intimidating. Even when looking locally, there can still be hundreds of differing companies that cover your area – each vying for your business with the same promises and proclaims. Allow us…

Born from the Ashes – The Practical Beginnings of Sash Windows

Sash windows are today heralded for their graceful good looks and unparalleled ventilation, yet it was neither of their advantages that were in the mind of the original designer of the very first sash window. In this blog we explore the interesting beginnings of sash windows, and tell the story of Robert Hooke, who thought…

Intriguing facts about sash windows

Sash windows – they’re graceful, charming and stoic in equal measure. Sash windows bring a lot to the table for the average property, but you may not have thought that they had quite such an intriguing past. Here we present five fascinating facts that may just make you re-think the innocuous item that is the…

Is your home ready for winter? Five ways to winter-proof your home

As the nights get longer and the temperature drops you know that the winter months of the year are on their way. Now is the time to make sure that your home is wind and watertight and that it is warm and cosy for all of its occupants. The last thing you want is for…

What to do before the contractor arrives to install your sash windows

Congratulations on your decision to install sash windows your property. It’s a decision you will not regret. Thousands and thousands of home owners across the United Kingdom have made the decision to replace or repair their windows with sash windows, so you are not alone. Sash windows provide a tried and trusted option for home…

Replacing or Repairing Windows in Listed Buildings

The repair or replacement of windows in listed buildings is not straight forward and a number of factors must be considered before permission will be given to make any changes. A listed building is a building designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. Certain alterations to listed buildings are protected under the…

Window dressing – what you need to know

Windows are a focal point for every room. The type of window dressing in a room, such as blinds, curtains or window shutters, can dictate how much light can enter and how much of the interior can be seen from outside. These days curtains and blinds are available in off the shelf and bespoke options.…

A short history of Sash Windows

No one knows the exact origins of the sliding sash window. Some credit the Dutch with its invention while others suggest that natural philosopher, architect and polymath Robert Hooke invented it in the 17th century. Yet others believe they are French with the word “sash” derived from the French word for frame, “chassis”. Ham House,…

Sash Windows: What you need to know

Sash windows (or double hung sash windows, as they are called in the US) look beautiful and add a great deal of elegance to any home. They not only look great, they are also very practical. This is why, in recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of sash windows, as homeowners…

Property Prices – Do Replacement Windows Always Add Value?

In most cases, yes! But there are some occasions where they won’t. Around ninety-five percent of homes in the UK will increase in value if replacement windows are fitted. If you live in a house that was built before the turn of the millennium, then it’s extremely likely that replacement windows would see the value…

Wandsworth Sash Windows are proud to announce their sponsorship of Lynn Amateur Boxing Club

Here at Wandsworth Sash Windows we firmly believe that we have an important role to play within our local community. Businesses that thrive need to reassure local people that they are not there just to take money off of them – they are there also to play a role within the community they’ve established a…

Want to see clearly? Tips on selecting the best window installer

For many years the window installation industry suffered a bad press. As double-glazing became the ‘norm’ for housing, the pressure for all existing houses to be fitted with this new glazing standard intensified. This led to the creation of the ‘pushy double-glazing salesman’, who would come to your home and then would virtually refuse to…

Sash windows … a little bit of history

Sash windows have been around for a while – since the late 1600s in fact. Initially, sash windows were extremely expensive, and could only be afforded by the very well off, such as the royal family. Sash windows were used in many royal palaces, including Kensington Palace and Hampton Court. By Victorian times the price…

Summer’s coming, so it’s time to check up on your sash windows

May is in and so is the promise of good weather. We Brits may moan about chilly summer days, but we do actually get quite a great deal of sunshine during the warmer months. As well as checking your stocks of sunblock and ice cream money, the approach of summer is a good time to…

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – what landlords need to know

If you are a private landlord in England or Wales then you need to be aware of the new ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’ legislation that the current UK Government has seen passed into law. Currently, all properties are assessed for their energy efficiency. This results in the award of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). An…

You still have the chance to win £10,000 of work with Wandsworth Sash Windows – obligation free!

It’s now been a month since we announced our unique, never-seen-before offer to win £10,000 of work from us, and wow, have we been inundated with bookings. Don’t let that put you off, though. If you enter our competition by booking a quotation from us from now until the last day of April, then you’ll…

Win £10,000 of work with Wandsworth Sash Windows – with absolutely NO obligation

When you’re researching possible companies to help deal with your windows and provide bespoke joinery, it’s always reassuring to find out that any quotation a specific company offers comes ‘obligation free’. Between March and April this year we’re afraid that here at Wandsworth Sash Windows, we simply cannot offer you a ‘no obligation quotation’ –…

2015 for Wandsworth Sash Windows and for 2016, the future is clear!

Generally, 2015 was something of a ‘meh’ year – no Olympics, World Cup or European Championships, and a general election that was over as soon as the exit poll results were announced! However, 2015 turned out to be quite an exciting one for Wandsworth Sash Windows. We’ve seen our company build upon its past successes…

Wandsworth Sash Windows expands into East Sussex

Here at Wandsworth Sash Windows we are delighted to announce that we have finalised the purchase of a long-established joinery company in Lewes, East Sussex. The company – Parsons Joinery Ltd – has a fantastic reputation and a team of highly skilled, creative and conscientious joiners and wood experts. The company will continue to run…

Security measures for your home

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ll probably have heard that the UK’s police force have suffered further budget cuts, and are having to respond to the increase in ‘new’ crimes, such as identify theft and computer crime. As reported recently in the Daily Telegraph, the new head of the National Police Chiefs’…

Transport link improvements for South East London – the future is looking connected

Also under discussion were the options for the point of termination. This was selected to be Lewisham, Beckenham Junction or Hayes with a further extension from Beckenham Junction to Bromley. Of the fifteen thousand people who were consulted, less than five percent were against the proposal. Transport for London will undergo further consultations once plans…

The expansion of Heathrow Airport, what does that mean in terms of noise pollution to London residents?

The proposed addition of a third runway to Heathrow airport became a contentious issue as soon as such plans were announced in the summer of 2013. With the £18.6bn expansion project still not having been given the green light two years later, it remains choked full of controversy. Despite opposition from London Mayor Boris Johnson,…

Airport noise – the not-so silent march

According to analysts, the development of airport capacity in London is vital in one form or another in order to connect and trade with the world’s emerging markets; the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China. Many claim that the combination of an incoherent political strategy and the strength of expanding competitors in…

Coming to South-East London – a new Wandsworth Sash Windows Workshop

Here at Wandsworth Sash Windows, we have been supplying sash windows and other window-related services to the people of South-West London and beyond for several years now. We have showrooms in Battersea and Brockley, and now can announce our exciting plans to open our third showroom and workshop in Lower Sydenham. Towards the end of…