Wooden sliding windows: advantages and disadvantages

We have become so used to turn and tilt windows that we consider sliding windows to be extraordinary. In fact, wooden sash windows can provide an interesting alternative in many areas. What advantages and disadvantages these windows have, and what else you should know about them, read here.

Advantages of sliding windows

Sliding windows have many advantages over tilt-and-turn windows, which can be quite interesting. Sliding windows are still widespread in the American area. There they are still widely accepted as standard.

Reduced space requirement

Especially in confined spaces, turn-tilt windows sometimes interfere with opening them. The swivel range of the window sash must remain free. This often wastes valuable space.

Wooden sliding windows: advantages and disadvantages: windows

A sliding window made of wood or plastic does not have this disadvantage. The opening of the window is extremely space-saving possible, since only a part of the window is pushed upwards. They are therefore also called vertical sliding window. This sash window version is almost exclusively used. Horizontal sash windows are rarely found in skylights.

High light output

Sliding windows are usually designed to be particularly tall and large and thus offer excellent light output. Through the windows more light enters the rooms than through several turn-tilt windows.

Heating support in winter

Due to the large irradiation area, especially the south-facing windows provide excellent support for the heating due to the solar heat. As a result, a high amount of heating energy can possibly be saved. When glazing, therefore, you should make sure to use a glazing with the highest possible g-value (total energy permeability).

Sliding window as exit

With appropriate dimensioning sliding windows can also be used as an exit

Disadvantages of sliding windows

  • great heat in the rooms in summer
  • special protection must be provided for burglary protection (safety glazing)
  • Thermal insulation glazing with prescribed U-values ​​is not available for all windows offered
  • For very large windows often static problems

Cost of sliding windows made of wood

Depending on the size of the window, the costs start at around 70 - 250 EUR for the frame. The glazing must then be calculated separately depending on the desired U-value. Overall, the cost of a large sliding window is well above the price of a wooden window.

Solutions for sliding windows

For a sunscreen either sun protection films or certain shading solutions can serve. Ideal would be a glazing with so-called "intelligent glass" which dimms itself depending on the temperature. These solar control glasses are currently still very expensive.

An anti-burglary protection can be achieved either by the installation of an appropriate safety glazing (breakthrough and impact-resistant) or by appropriate security foils.

With a correspondingly prudent planning sliding windows can make interesting energy savings. The cost of the production, however, are well above the usual turn-tilt windows. The profitability of the sliding window installation are therefore problematic in most cases.

Static problems can easily be avoided by planning in advance. However, retrofitting can cause problems with large windows.

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