It’s always a good idea to be able to offer your customers as much choice as possible when it comes to their conservatories, windows and doors if you want them to be left with a smile on their face and a happy home to live in.

All clients will have different budgets to work with so it’s helpful to know your market through and through and the products that are available to you in order to advise them of what can and can’t be achieved.

If one of your customers prefers the look of timber sash windows but feels that the cost of purchase and installation is somewhat prohibitive, you could recommend that they have mock horns added to uPVC windows to create the same look at a fraction of the cost.

Sash horns are one of the main features that make traditional sash windows instantly recognisable, intended to strengthen the joints of the window, but also to stop the sashes from being opened too far. Once manufacturers started making these windows out of uPVC, the horns became obsolete but bolt-ons or mock horns can be added to create the same look of a traditional sash.

Mock horns are available as stick-on or run-through options, so mention both of these to your customers and see which they’d prefer. From a distance, stick-on horns look fine and you can’t tell that they’re not part of the overall unit but the closer you get to the window, the less convincing they seem.

Run-through horns are built into the structure of the window itself, which ultimately gives the unit a much more authentic look and feel than stick-on horns do.

Sash windows themselves have been a feature on homes around England for hundreds of years and can actually be traced all the way back to the 17th century! The design of the window was inspired by the fact that London streets way back when were so narrow that when opened windows could have touched the building opposite. Yorkshire sashes were horizontally sliding windows that predate the vertical ones we now have.

They first became popular after the fire of London in 1666, with the vertical sliding sash most likely held open using wooden wedges before handmade lead weights on rope were brought in for counterbalance instead.

While we use mock horns now to create a more authentic look for uPVC sash windows, this idea isn’t a new one and, in fact, moldings have been used for centuries to really enhance the look of the joinery… a fun fact you can tell your clients when discussing their various options with them.

Find out more about the history of the sash window on the Heritage Directory website now and get in touch if you’d like to see how Polyframe can help.

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