Should I replace my sash windows or install secondary windows?

Secondary glazing and a sash window - which is the best?

Left: Secondary glazing installed on the interior of a decorative window. Right: New replacement sash window.

Many homeowners face a dilemma when their sash windows begin to lose their high performance. Do they repair and upgrade the existing sash unit, or do they replace it entirely?

Replacing vs. upgrading windows

In some situations, such as when there is exceptional damage to the window’s frame or sashes, the sash window may need to be replaced completely. In others, such as when a window lets draughts in becoming less thermally retentive, upgrading can be a cost-effective solution.

Here are Albany we cater to both decisions. We can replace sash windows with a newer, high performance model. Equally, we can upgrade sash windows for enhanced performance with secondary windows.

When to replace sash windows

If the window is damaged beyond repair, replacing your sash window is your best option. With a wide range of modern sash designs available, replacing your sash window is not as expensive as you may think. Signs that indicate your windows may need replacing include:

  • Obvious damage to the frame
  • Cracking
  • Space between the frame and the wall
  • Water leaking into your home from the window
  • Draughts or cold spots around your window

A good home improvement company, such as Albany, will be able to diagnose the particular problem your window is suffering from and offer you a range of solutions suited to your needs.

Sash windows: an authentic choice

Our uPVC sash windows are made to perfectly fit your home and are traditionally designed to resemble timber. Available in a large range of colours including attractive wood effect finishes, they look almost indistinguishable from traditional wooden windows. A+ rated for energy efficiency; draughts will no longer be an issue and you will notice a reduction in your heating bills. Our sash windows can achieve Secured by Design accreditation. This demonstrates that they’ve been rigorously tested and pass standards set out by the police

When to install secondary windows

If you’d rather keep your existing window and try to improve its thermal performance, installing secondary glazing could help. A cost-effective solution to replacing your sash window entirely, secondary windows help to boost the thermal and acoustic insulation offered by your sash. Signs that you should upgrade your sash window with secondary glazing include:

  • Noticeable draughts from the window
  • You can hear outside noise as if the window was open when closed
  • Unexplained increases in the cost of your heating bill
  • Your sash windows are looking tired and tatty

We offer high quality, ultra-slim secondary glazing to improve the warmth of your home, without compromising on beautiful aesthetics.

Secondary windows: a high-performance upgrade

Secondary windows or secondary glazing, involves fitting an additional glazed panel over your existing windows. Modern secondary windows are discreet and can help to improve the aesthetics of a home as do not come into contact with the original window. They are the preferred choice in period homes and conservation areas. Our secondary glazing can be opened either horizontally or vertically to allow easier cleaning and air flow. With energy efficient glass, your heat is kept in and unwanted noise and the cold are kept out.

Sash and secondary windows in Gloucestershire

With a wide range of products, Albany are sure to have something to suit your needs. To find out more about our products and services, get in touch today or visit our window showroom in Cheltenham.