Sliding sash, Storm proof or Flush fit windows, which are right for me?

Navigating the terminology within the building industry can be to say the least confusing. Jambs, mullions, transoms, stiles and muntin’s are all parts of the joinery items we produce on a daily basis. One of the most common terms we try to explain is the difference between sliding sash, storm-proof and flush fit windows. All the different types of window utilise sashes, casements and fanlights so asking for a casement window can relate to more than one option.

Sash windows are suited to period properties. The majority of sash windows are vertically sliding, older windows using counter weights, newer windows sometimes use spiral balancers to counter the weight of the sash. The other type of sliding sash window we can make is the ‘Yorkshire Slider’, which slides horizontally instead of vertically.

Storm-proof casement windows feature outward opening casements, which are rebated over the face of the window frame. These are the more typical window found in new build houses today. As the name describes, they can be more weather efficient, as driving rain cannot easily penetrate the clearances around the casement. They can be hung on cranked hinges, or modern friction hinges as required, along with multi-point locking systems.

Flush fit casement windows mainly have opening casements, however the main difference from the storm proof design is that the casement is ‘flush’ with the face of the window frame. This style of window is more traditional and more suited to an older property. On Flush casement windows, butt hinges and traditional stays and fasteners are generally used as means of hanging and securing the casement. Friction hinges and multi-point locks are also an option with this design of casement window.

Please contact us here for more information and advise on which type of window is best for you and your home.