The History of Sash Windows

Sash windows are one of the most recognisable types of windows in England, dating from the time just after the great fire of London in 1666.

Back in the seventeenth century, the streets of London were narrow with adjacent houses often just a few feet away from each other, meaning that a regular, outward-opening window risked knocking into opposite houses. Sash windows solved this problem by allowing their owners to slide them up rather than open them out.


Through the Eras

The sash windows we see today are the product of various architectural movements from the Georgian era, dating from 1714 to 1811, to the Victorian Era where glass-making technology improved dramatically allowing the panes to get bigger still.


Rich merchants began installing ever-larger sash windows, some with large arches over the top, as a symbol of their newfound status and wealth.


In the Edwardian period, better manufacturing techniques meant that sash windows became a statement feature of many estates. Builders began constructing homes with floor-to-ceiling windows, many of which were several feet wide.


These days

Traditional problems with original wooden sash windows include rot, swelling or distortion of the woodwork or rattling in the wind (due to shrinkage of the wood).


Totali Solutions use modern day technology along with high performance timbers to create low maintenance sash windows with classic detailing, giving that period appearance. With warranties of up to 50 years they are made to last a lifetime.


Our sash windows are highly regarded by consumers, architects and planning officers. Ideal for period buildings, modern or farm style homes built either in stone or brick; our sash windows have been fully designed for the specialist needs of conservation areas throughout the UK.


Designed to eliminate the draughts and rattles so often associated with original sliding sash windows, thanks to the incorporation of flip, bubble and brush pile gaskets throughout and energy efficient glazing. Shaped sash horns, traditional staff beads and the option of a heritage bar further add to the period features.

As with all of our products we offer a bespoke design service - tailored to you, with the option of 127mm, 147mm and 167mm frame depths in our sash windows.

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