What Are Sash Window Weights?
What Are Sash Window Weights?
Sash windows are a traditional feature of many UK homes, known for their elegance and charm. However, they can also be a source of frustration for homeowners, especially if they are old and difficult to operate. One issue that can affect the smooth operation of sash windows is the weight system, which plays a crucial role in keeping the window in place when it is open or closed.
Sash window weights are weights that are attached to cords or chains that run vertically inside the frame of a sash window. The cords or chains are attached to the sash itself, allowing it to be opened and closed. The weights are typically made from lead or cast iron, and they are carefully calibrated to match the weight of the sash.
The purpose of the sash window weight system is to counterbalance the weight of the sash itself. When you open a sash window, the weight of the sash pulls down on the cords or chains, causing the weights to rise up inside the frame. This allows the sash to stay open at any position without falling shut. When you close the window, the weights pull the sash down, ensuring a tight seal that keeps out drafts and noise.
There are several benefits to using sash window weights. First, they help to make the operation of the window smoother and easier. Without the weights, the sash would be much harder to lift and would be more likely to stick or jam. Second, they help to ensure that the window stays in position when it is open, which can be useful for ventilation purposes. Finally, they help to provide a better seal when the window is closed, which can improve energy efficiency and reduce noise levels.
If you are experiencing issues with your sash windows, it is possible that the weight system is the cause. Over time, the cords or chains can become frayed or damaged, and the weights can become unbalanced. In these cases, it may be necessary to repair or replace the weight system in order to restore the proper function of the window.
At DKL Metals, we have a range of sash window weights available. We can also provide advice and guidance on choosing the right weight system for your particular needs. Contact us on 01506 847 710 to place an order.
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