John Roper the editor of Fabricator and Installer Magazine, recently requested sash window fabricator Masterframe, to write a short article, outlining the pitfalls and opportunities that exist.
Sash windows are no longer the niche they once were, today there are dozens of window fabricators that offer standard plastic vertical sliders and think their products should be accepted by planners.
However, area conservation officers and planners often hate PVCu windows. Their perception is based upon the thousands of hidious, unsympathetic, cheap UPVC double glazing that has blighted so many properties.
Well it doesn’t have to be like that. Planners are begining to accept PVCu sash windows providing they are of the right design, offer authentic detailing and fitted symathetically behind the external brickwork, something that standard sash windows simply dont offer.
From the article it is clearly a bit of a lottery, as planners move between authorities and policies become redundant because they are rarely updated with current thinking, however PVCu sash windows are becoming far more acceptable, providing they have the right detail.
You need the right product and know how to handle objections, but as this article shows, planners will accept the best sash windows in conservation areas, even article 4 listed properties.