A look at how wooden sliding windows work

Sliding Windows. Image by Sutichak (via Shutterstock).

A set of sliding windows. Image by Sutichak (via Shutterstock).

You could be forgiven for thinking that sash windows are sliding windows. To a point they are, though sash windows have a counterweight and pulley system. In the truest sense, sliding windows do not require counterweights and pulleys. The top and bottom, or left and right, window frames form the track. He or she pulls the window by hand.

For many households, the most popular kind of sliding windows are patio doors. They are typically moved from left to right with one half of the patio window being its entrance. A fair few tend to be in PVC-U as well as wooden form. Sometimes, sliding windows can open inwards and outwards. In America, they are also known as gliding windows.

Other uses of sliding windows

Outside of the home and office, they used to be popular on public transport. The vertical variety were used on train carriage and black cab doors. Those of the horizontal variety were used on buses and trains. For safety reasons, hopper style windows are used instead. Train doors, no longer of the slam-door variety used on British Railways’ Mark 1 carriages, have sealed windows.

In the home…

A set of sliding windows are an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home. They offer an alternative to the hopper or awning windows you normally see. For modern homes, they come into their own. If you go for wooden frames, they add character. This, of course, is where we come into the fore with bespoke designs a speciality.

Chartwell Wooden Windows, 06 February 2017.

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