Sash Window Opening

Fitting Sash Windows

Sash windows are becoming more and more popular every year.

They can give your home the right balance between a traditional and modern style.

The problem is that sash windows have a bit of a reputation for being difficult to fit and maintain.

They often need replacing but this doesn’t have to be the case.

To help our customers, we’ve written this brief guide on fitting replacement sash windows to help you out.

Measuring the frame

First of all, you need to measure the frame that is already there in the wall.

Make sure you measure straight across from the jamb to the opposite jamb for the width.

Then measure from the sill to the head jamb for the height.

Removing old sashes

Now you need to pry off any window stops on the sides of the sashes.

Locate the lower sash, pull it out, and disconnect the chain.

Next is the parting bead, a trim in a recessed sort of groove – remove it in pieces and discard them.

The upper sash needs to be removed as well, and also disconnect the chain like before.

The pulleys need to be removed next but you can discard them straight away.

Inspecting the frame

Take a look at the existing frame – is it in good condition?

Replace or repair the rotted sections, and make sure the head and sill jambs are both level.

Lastly, check that the side jambs are both plumb.

Jamb liners

Install the liner clips.

You need to check the manufacture’s specifications, but usually one is needed about four inches from the head jamb and another at four inches up from the sill.

Place several more in between this – the number is based on the height of the window jamb.

The clips can be installed by putting them up against the outer window trim, then taking them back about an eighth of an inch.

Drill a hole for starters, then put your nail in place using one-inch roofing nails that are galvanised.

Make sure you don’t get the nails in too tight – if you do, you might not be able to move them around if necessary.

Also make sure to install the brackets evenly to ensure the tabs fit in the jamb liners. On each side, snap the jamb liner into place.

Installing the sashes

The top sash is the best place to start – tilt it into the opening and engage the lower pin in the metal cam in the liner.

The other side needs to be lowered until the pin also hits the metal cam.

Lift the sash, push the jamb liner, and ease the sash to its position.

Do this for the lower sash as well now.

Get in touch

We hope we’ve given you some helpful information of fitting sash windows.

It can be tricky, but with the right knowhow, you’ll get the job done.

If you any have further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sash Windows Alternatives

Alternative Options to Sash Windows

Most people want traditionally styled sash windows for their homes, but it isn’t always possible due to prices and design issues.

There are many other types of windows you can have though, and we’ve written this short guide to help you decide.

Casement windows

The first window on our list, the casement window, is the oldest style of window.

Casement windows are the most versatile and suit most types of properties.

You can choose single or double panels (or more panels if you have the space), and they are highly energy efficient.

Tilt and Turn windows

Popular for their uPVC double glazing, tilt and turn windows are hung either on their sides so they can swing fully open, or they are hung at the bottom to tilt inwards.

It is this ability to open in different ways that makes them even more popular.

One benefit of opening them completely is that you can clean the glass from inside the property.

You’ll find tilt and turn windows on more modern properties.

Sliding windows

A sliding window means allowing the frame to slide horizontally like a patio door.

They are perfect for kitchens, where you can easily slide them open and walk out to a patio with food or drinks in your hands.

They are often large and function as doors, but they can also be small like serving hatches.

Sliding windows suit modern properties.

They are usually very energy efficient and suitable for keeping out noise.

Bay windows

Bay windows are usually seen in classic Edwardian and Victorian houses, and for this reason they are considered very stylish.

The bay window serves as a focal point for the house, projecting from the wall with extended brickwork.

They are not just for style, however, as the extended are a gives more space and light to the room, lets in more air, and allows for more of a panoramic view.

The only downside to new bay windows is that they need planning permission.

Bow windows

Similar to the bay window, a bow window also projects from the wall but without adding any extra bricks.

Bow windows sort of float without anything underneath.

Just like bay windows, bow windows let in more light and more air and they offer panoramic views.

However, they are also handy for creating extra shelving space, and often they can also make rooms feel that little bit bigger.

People often choose bow windows if they don’t want to go through the hassle of getting planning permission for bay windows. 

Get in touch

Sash windows are a very popular choice for many homeowners, and we hope we’ve helped to give you some alternatives to sash windows.

Go over our list, write down some ideas, and then speak to an expert. If you have any more questions about the types of windows that will suit your property, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Tripple Glazing

5 Common Myths Around Triple Glazing

  • Interested in upgrading from your double-glazed windows to triple-glazed windows?
  • Have you read some negative opinions and material that has perhaps caused some second thoughts or created doubt?
  • Are you struggling to separate the truths from the myths?

Well fear not, we are going to share our expert knowledge surrounding some of the most common myths about triple glazing.

Take a look below at some common misconceptions and learn how triple-glazing, may be the solution to your needs.

Myth #1 – Triple Glazed Windows Can Be Easily Broken Into

This myth is entirely false!

Triple glazing offers the exact same security as double glazing your windows and offers a subtle enhancement to the performance due to a vacuum or normally argon gas that fills the space between each individual pane of the glass, of the window.

Triple glazing is a great addition to improving energy efficiency as well as giving you complete reassurance that your home is completely safe from any undesired guests.


Myth #2 – Triple Glazing Will Not Increase Noise Reduction Compared To That Of Double Glazing

Not surprisngly, triple glazing actually provides greater noise reduction than double glazing, meaning that they are actually more soundproof than their counterparts.

The extra layer of triple glazing is designed to create a nice, quiet living environment by blocking any noise from traffic and loud neighbours.

Upgrading your windows to triple glazing is a sure way to combat unwanted loud noises and insulates the room helping to retain heat,.

Thus, saving you money on your energy bills.

It’s a great choice if you live near a busy road.

Myth #3 – Triple Glazing May Taint The Look Of My House

We can safely say that the original unique beauty of your home will still be completely preserved when using triple glazing,.

This is especially true, because of the huge selection of frames and windows on offer.

You can choose everything from sash windows to uPVC and wood, or aluminium casement windows guaranteed to bring a modern, luxury feel to any home.

Myth #4 – Triple Glazing Is Completely Different Looking Than Double Glazing

Most people would assume triple glazing is going to look much bigger, thicker and heavy-duty compared to what double glazing looks like.

But is there any truth in this?

We can confidently inform you that they do not as the only difference is that there are two glass panes in double glazed windows, and three glass panes in triple glazed windows.

Believe it or not, there aren’t any actual noticeable aesthetic differences in the two either from a distance or up close.

Myth #5 – Triple Glazing Can Cause Windows To Creak, Crack Or Warp

This myth is highly inaccurate!

Modern triple glazed windows are well reinforced to prevent their structure and shape from being effected by the elements, even in the harshest of weather.

Therefore creaking, cracking and warping are not common factors to be worried about. With modern technology, even wooden windows can be glazed to a high standard to last for many years to come.

Why not consult with our glazing experts to receive a quote for upgrading your windows to triple glazing?

Warranty Protection for your New Windows

When you have given up the time and expense of installing brand new windows in your property, the last thing you want to do is go through the hassle of replacing one due to damage, breakage or poor installation resulting in an ineffective window.

Sovereign not only offers cost-effective window solutions, installed with minimum disruption, but we also ensure your new windows are installed to the highest standards by regulatory competence review body Certass.

What is Certass?

Certass is a Competent Person Scheme (CPS) that approves contractors and companies – such as Sovereign – to provide relevant services under a specific set of government-approved building regulations standards.

These standards protect the property of the homeowner by setting a quality expectation for service delivery and product safety and security.

Approval for CPS bodies falls under the remit of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) which provides testing, inspection and certification for CPS designation.

What is a Competent Person Scheme?

Government-approved Competent Person Schemes provide an alternative solution to using Local Authority inspectors to approve building work or submitting building notices for certain home improvements.

Through following specific building regulations and a set of standards mandated by the relevant CPS, companies, and contractors self-certify that their work meets their CPS standards, and they can register any work carried out with local authorities on behalf of homeowners.

In the double glazing industry, a person or company can be found competent by Certass to deliver the installation of doors, windows, roof windows and rooflights for dwellings and non-dwellings.

  • A company registered with Certass – such as Sovereign – must prove that they deliver a high quality of service in accordance with relevant building regulations.
  • All members or employees must follow strict installation guidelines to meet a prescribed set of standards for Certass approval.
  • All registered contractors must demonstrate a high level of understanding of these standards and should always operate in compliance with building regulations.
  • To ensure continued compliance with building regulations and quality standards, Certass inspectors will constantly review a percentage of registered contractors.
  • What building regulations apply to window and door installations?

In 2010, the latest version of the building regulations were published to outline legal precedents relating to the health and safety of a property, as well as the welfare and accessibility of its inhabitants.

These include thermal and energy-related standards as well as structural safety.

The regulations do not cover any aesthetic abnormalities or concerns unless these impact the structure, safety or efficiency of the property.

For example, with the installation of a window, the sealant can be messily applied but so long as it keeps the glass in place and meets insulating requirements, it should adhere to regulations.

However, where building regulations do not cover quality of installation, at Sovereign we pride ourselves on our finished products.

Since 2002, and updated in 2010, these regulations apply to the installation and replacement of windows and doors – inclusive of the whole unit, meaning both frame and glass.

In some cases, simply replacing a glass pane does not require certification, but always check this with your Certass approved contractor.

It has also been necessary since the regulations were enforced in 2002 to ensure all UPVC double glazed windows feature a special ‘low e-coating’, a see-through glaze that increases the energy efficiency of the property.

Updates to the regulations in 2010 added thermal efficiency standards.

Once the work has been completed, your Sovereign installer is responsible for informing Certass who will log the completion of works with the relevant local authority.

And issue a Building Regulation Compliance certificate directly to you, the homeowner, within seven working days.

If you provide your installer with an email address, Certass can also issue an electronic certificate.

Why is the Building Regulations Compliance certificate important?

First and foremost, proof of compliance with Certass regulations should give you peace of mind that your installation has been completed to the highest standard with the safety of your property and your well-being, as an inhabitant at the heart of these regulations.

In addition, when it comes to selling your property, this documentation is necessary for you to pass on as the seller to the buyer, via your solicitor.

This is a mandatory piece of documentation to be provided as part of the sales process to prove the legitimacy of any installations after April 2002.

Any installations that fail to meet the building regulations are subject to fines.

  • If you have lost your Building Regulations Compliance certificate, you can order a replacement certificate online through Certass at a cost of £24.
  • If you never received a certificate in the first place, speak to your Sovereign installer or contact Certass directly. Replacement certificates requested within 28 days of the original issue date will be re-issued free of charge.
  • If you have further questions about Sovereign’s compliance with the Certass regulatory scheme, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of our staff or to your Sovereign installer. For more information on Certass, you can visit their website at

upvc vs wood

Investing in New Windows: Wood or uPVC?

If your home needs new windows, then it can be hard to know which ones to choose and which ones are right for you and which ones to invest in.

And sadly, while the internet is full of conflicting advice, and too much information can be overwhelming, so much that you are left feeling no more ready to make a decision.

To help you work through the information and options available on the market, we have taken the two most popular types of windows and shared the facts you need to know when making a choice.

Read on, to find out whether you should pick wood or uPVC…


Tell Me About Wood Framed Windows

Wood-framed windows are a stylish choice that have been around for many years.

They provide durable results and come in a wide range of designs.

You can expect to choose between hard and softwood when purchasing, with softwood being more budget-friendly than longer-lasting hardwood.


Tell Me About uPVC Windows

uPVC is also known as rigid plastic and has become a popular choice for UK homeowners due to its low price and long life.

It is also the material that is recommended the most when installing new double glazing to a property.


The Pros and Cons of Wood Framed Windows

If you are keen to get wood-framed windows, then take a look at the pros and cons associated with them:


  • They have a natural look that elevates any property
  • They provide natural insulation, which will reduce your energy bills
  • They are an environmentally-friendly option as they are made from natural materials
  • They last for up to sixty years when maintained appropriately
  • They are secure and will increase the security of your home.


  • Wood-framed windows cost more upfront than uPVC – but they will last longer
  • Wood-framed windows require annual maintenance to keep them in great condition

The Pros and Cons of uPVC Windows

To help you work out if uPVC is the best choice, then we’ve shared the pros and cons for these below:


  • uPVC is cheap to install, resulting in a low-cost option for homeowners
  • uPVC is simple to maintain and needs to be wiped down to keep it in order without any other specialised treatments
  • uPVC is durable and will not rust or rot, nor will it let damp into your home
  • uPVC is secure when it comes with an added steel core – protecting your home from break-ins
  • uPVC double glazing offers excellent insulation so that your home can stay warm and peaceful


  • uPVC does not look as attractive as wood-framed windows
  • uPVC will need more regular replacement and will cost far more in the long run


How Much Do Wood Frame Windows & uPVC Windows Cost?

The only way to get an exact price for your new windows is to arrange a quote for the property you need new windows for.

However, we’ve shared some average prices per window below to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • Casement windows – £200 – £900 (uPVC) £600 – £1500 (wood)
  • Sash windows – £700 – £1100 (uPVC) £1100 – £1900 (wood)


The Verdict – Should I Choose Wood or uPVC Windows?

It’s clear that if you are replacing any type of window on a budget, the uPVC is the clear winner as it is durable, affordable and comes in a range of design options.

However, if your budget can stretch that little bit further, then wood is the way to go as it is providing better security, efficiency and looks great!

Contact us today for a quote on your new windows.

Ponder over Planning Permission No More

These days you can change your home’s external cladding, fit a couple of delux windows to your roof and even add a conservatory – and all without the need for planning permission.

That’s because all of these home alterations come under the realm of ‘permitted development’. So, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that fitting new doors and windows is no big deal as far as your local planning department is concerned.

The exception to this rule is if the windows you plan on fitting are bay windows (some local authorities in England and Wales consider them ‘an extension.’) That’s because the windows extrude from the building and permanently alter its external dimensions.

If the property in question is a Listed Building then you will, of course, require permission from Historic England to alter its appearance in any way. Being in a conservation area also merits special attention and you will have to contact your local authority to inform them of your intent. And at which point they could refuse… so it’s definitely worth checking first.

Elevated side extension windows

If it’s a side extension or conservatory that you plan on getting fitted then it’s still possible to go ahead and fit windows. But there are restrictions in that the glass has to be obscure-glazed (having level 4 or 5 obscurity). The windows should also be at least 1.7 metres above the ground and/or non-opening. This is to protect the privacy of a neighbouring home which is often overlooked by a renovated property.

Meanwhile, if the new windows or doors are larger than those they are replacing, or inserted into a new area of your home, then this will have to be approved by your local authority Building Control team beforehand. There is no point in going ahead and fitting them only to be told to remove them at a later point because they don’t conform to specific regulations.

Different types of windows

When it comes to choosing your windows there is a variety of different types to select from. What you ultimately go with depends on where in your home they are being added to.

The most popular type of windows for home owners in the UK are double-glazed; triple glazing is sold too but proves less sought-after due to the mild climate on these shores. In Norway, for instance, where there are arctic winters, triple glazing is practically standard.

Other types of windows available include those made from uPVC, bow bay windows, Tilt and Turn, aluminium and casement windows (the latter are usually fitted in period properties, such as Victorian, Georgian and Regency style homes).

Today’s adorable doors 

Contemporary doors are produced in a range of smart and stylish designs. Here at Sovereign Home we produce and install uPVC doors in a huge number of shades and finishes. There are French doors for conservatories and doors with the best security locks around for the front and back of the house. There are also smart sliding doors for patios and bi-fold doors which provide excellent space-saving options.

Get in touch today

Why not take a look for yourself at some of the latest window and door designs on our website? You can also call the team here for advice, tel: 01277 810 910.

Double Glazing in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements

Double Glazing in Essex…

Looking for Double Glazing in Essex…

Sovereign Home Improvements is the foremost company when it comes to double glazing in Essex!

Double Glazing in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements

We cover the whole of the county from Saffron Walden to Canvey Island and from Chigwell to Harwich, so wherever you live in Essex, we’ve got you covered.

We are a family owned and run business and we treat our customers and potential customers with the respect that they deserve and in the same way that we would wish to be treated ourselves.

Double Glazing in Essex – Our approach…

We cover the whole of the county from Saffron Walden to Canvey Island and from Chigwell to Harwich, so wherever you live in Essex, we’ve got you covered.

However, if you are looking for a sales pitch that starts off with a ludicrously high price and then finds all sorts of reasons why it can magically be reduced to about half of the original, then sorry, but we don’t do that.

What we WILL do is come and visit you so that we can measure your windows (and doors if you wish) and then give you a fair and competitive price.

There is no obligation but we think that you will find our prices extremely reasonable, especially when compared with some of the “big boys”.

How? Because as a family business we don’t have a team of salesmen to whom we have to pay huge commissions.

Think in the order of 30% for the sales guy and you won’t be too far wrong.

When looking for double glazing in Essex, you can be sure we cover the whole of the county from Saffron Walden to Canvey Island and from Chigwell to Harwich, so wherever you live in Essex, we’ve got you covered.

Double Glazing in Essex – The Products…

Equally important is the fact that we only use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to produce our windows and doors.

Double Glazing in Essex, Sovereign Home Improvements 2We do not and will not cut corners to shave a few pounds off the price here and there.

Installing new double glazing in Essex is an investment.

But it’s not a “cheap” product, so you need to get the very best value for your money because you don’t want to have to replace it again ten or fifteen years down the line.

As such, you need it to last.

What we can also do is to offer you double glazing in any style that you wish.

We can produce windows in any size, any shape, and in your choice of materials.

So you can have timber frames, uPVC frames, or aluminium frames.

They each have their advantages, so feel free to ask us what we would recommend for your particular home.

These frames – and doors – can be supplied in a variety of different colours as well, including wood-grain effects and finishes, so in the 21st Century, your windows don’t have to be white!

So for double glazing in Essex, talk to Sovereign Home Improvements.

It’s what we do.

By Lewis Adair

Best Choice Windows and Doors - Sovereign Home Improvements, Essex

The Best Choice Windows and Doors in uPVC…

Best Choice Windows and Doors - Sovereign Home Improvements, EssexWe’ve believe in providing our customers with the Best Choice Windows and Doors in uPVC to make your home stand out…

Sovereign Home Improvements is the foremost provider of home improvements of all kinds in Essex.

We can install new kitchens, add soffits and fascias, replace a flat roof, build a loft extension, add a conservatory or orangery to your home, or an office extension.

However, as you might guess, a lot of our work is in uPVC double glazing windows in Essex, along with uPVC doors in Essex as well.

Best Choice Windows and Doors – Materials…

It’s a fact of life that nothing lasts forever, and that includes windows and doors.

Many of our customers choose uPVC for their replacement windows and doors because it is long-lasting, needs virtually no maintenance.

They won’t discolour and will stay looking great for year after year.

It also has the added benefit of being extremely cost-effective when compared to aluminium or wood.

If you happen to like the effect of a wood grain finish you can have that in uPVC as well.

So it looks like wood but isn’t wood, and won’t need regular repainting as wood does. uPVC really does give you the best of all worlds.

All of our uPVC windows come as A+ rated as standard which is as high an energy efficiency as you need.

There is an A++ rating, but the difference is so small that it is not really worth the extra cost.

Best Choice Windows and Doors – Security…

Our windows all have the police approved locking system which is called Security By Design.

This is a 10-point locking system which is designed to defeat the most persistent of intruders.

We also use warm edge spacer technology in between the glass units which helps to reduce condensation and makes the glass more energy efficient.

It also adds to the soundproofing too, which is a real bonus if you live next to Stansted or Southend airports or next to the A13.

Our windows can also be produced in any sort of style or design that you wish.

You can have casement windows, tilt and turn windows, bow windows, bay windows, sliding sash windows – you name it.

Our uPVC doors are also highly energy efficient and will help to keep your utility bills low.

For security purposes, our doors have the Avantis locking system which

has the largest deadbolt available, and they are also 10% thicker than those of our nearest rivals, making your home as safe as it could possibly be.

All of our uPVC windows and doors are available in a wide choice of colours to suit the style of your home.

Talk to us today!