How Much Do Sliding Sash Windows Cost?
We often wonder why it is that people begin a search for sliding sash windows by asking, “How much do sliding sash windows cost?”.
The reason it vexes us is that there are other questions to be considered before the matter of price arises.
Questions that deal with the type of building they are going into, planning considerations, type of installation required, materials (UPVC, Aluminium, wood) and additions such as Georgian bars.
Its certainly not that they are wrong. There should be a simple sash window prices guide available that will guide them through the process of getting to a final cost. More on that subject later.
How Much do UPVC Sash Windows Cost?
For the purpose of this section we’ll assume the sash window is made of UPVC. Lets start with a basic requirement.
Would you prefer to have your new sliding sash window measured by a professional surveyor and installed by an experienced, qualified fitter or do you want to take this on as a DIY project?
A small good quality made to measure sliding sash window can be purchased for around £300 plus VAT. That is a good starting point. The DIY enthusiast is well advised that old sash windows with old sash box sections can look sound when covered with several layers of paint.
But, if the wood yields horrible surprises such as worm or rot, it can be a real challenge to amateur carpentry skills. We always recommend using a Double Glazing on the Web Trusted Local Supplier.
They know exactly what to do when the going gets tough. They also deal only in quality products. Cheap sliding sash windows may look tempting, but these products contain lots of moving parts and its no easy matter removing a cheap window if things go wrong.
Dealing with professionals will give an entry price of about £400 plus VAT. The extra money you pay over DIY buys you a proper survey and an installation that is backed by a guarantee.
Box Sash Removal
When asking how much do UPVC sash windows cost, you also need to decide whether to have a “slip in” or a “box sash removal”. What does that mean, I hear you say.
Have a good look at your window from the outside. The outer frame of the window has wood guide rails that hold the sash in place.
If you opt for a “slip in”, the rails and the sashes are removed leaving the outer frame in place (also left in place are the unseen boxes that enclose the counter weights and are located to the side between the walls.
The new UPVC sliding sash window is then slipped into the opening. Although that does leave you with a small amount of exposed timber, it is quite a bit cheaper to install.
The real advantage of “slip ins” can be seen if you view your window from the inside. If you have attractive woodwork around the window, that will be left unaffected.
The “box sash removal” is a more complicated installation, as all of the old wood, including the unseen boxes are removed.
The removal of the outer frame will give you a slightly larger window and mean that you’ll never have to pick up a paint brush in anger. But, it also means that you’ll probably end up damaging or perhaps losing the interior decorative woodwork.
Wooden Sash Window Prices VS UPVC Sash Window Prices
When it comes to straight forward full replacement costs you’ll most likely find that timber is between four and six times the cost of UPVC.
The UPVC sliding sash window that is quoted at £600 can easily cost £3,000 plus, depending on whether you opt for hard wood or soft wood.
There are also costs to decorate and, more often than not, you’ll have to have scaffolding every time you have to repaint.
The plus side of wood is the infinite range of colours available and the fact that some people just prefer wood.
If you live in conservation area or if your home is listed, it is vital that you contact the planning department of your local authority to make sure that they will have no objections to UPVC.
Its worth talking to them even if you are set on having wood, as there may be restrictions on the colours that are allowed. Another way of looking at wooden sash window prices VS UPVC sash window prices is to consider the cost of refurbishing wood sash windows.
Costs here usually start at between £900 and £1,500. For that you get repairs to guide rails, draught excluders and rehanging of weights. Repairs to damaged wood, new weights, and glass replacements are extra. After that you’ll have to strip and repaint which will add another £750 to £1,000 to the bill.
So, if you want to know how much do sliding sash windows cost, the answer is dependent on several things, but UPVC sash window prices are definitely the best value.
Instant Sash Window Prices
OK, we’ve thrown lots of information at you, but the question of where to go for a sash window prices guide still remains. And here we have good news.
Now, we are assuming that you will want your new sash windows to be double glazed and that you have made the decision to ignore the bottom end of the market that deals in cheap sash windows.
Double Glazing on the Web’s web site incorporates a unique piece of software that will give you instant sash window prices. That’s right. No filling out forms and waiting for a quote.
All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and take rough measurements of your windows from the inside.
The quoting engine will do the rest and give you a price then and there. It couldn’t be simpler.
Once you have your price, Double Glazing on the Web will put you in touch with three Trusted Local Suppliers in your area who will be happy to compete for your business. They may even be able to beat your quote.
So, how much do sliding sash windows cost? Start you quote now and find out for yourself.