Thursday, 18 October 2012

My windows Are How Old?

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A window is a piece of glass that is built into a wall of a building. Sounds simple right? Well, a window is much more than a piece of glass because it serves many purposes such as allowing light and color to come into a home or building. A way of connecting with the outside world, if you may. A window also allows proper ventilation to take place. A window can also have much more history behind the glass. A window is always incorporated in a building. Architects and builders are always incorporating new window ideas in buildings. For example glass strong enough to be a structure on its own.

But did you know the own home window can have a piece of history? A window can tell so much about the past of a home, but how do I know if my window is an actual antique. The sash is probably the window of choice in Great Britain. Sash windows are designed in two halves, one above the other, at least one of the sets open's up vertically. It is believed that sash windows were originated in Great Britain or The Low Counties during the middle of the 17th century.

Now, the Question is how can I tell whether my sash at home is considered early or late? The first method is to look closely at it, and examine it and check if the window is flush with a facade: if that is the case, you have an early sash. This method requires very little time, and it is quite simple to do. There are two other methods as well.

In 1709, a law was passed in London which stated that windows must be recessed in their openings by four inches as the minimum. The reason for the implementation of this law was to prevent fire. This legislation saved many lives and holds a clue into determining whether your sash is early or late.

To determine the age of your sash look and see if your sash has a thick frame around it, also referred to as a sash box. A sash box is constructed out of a hollow timber that is used to contain the pulley.

In 1774, new fire legislation was passed, which ordered sash boxes not to be visibly seen, and they had to be hidden inside the walls, so that they were protected and kept away from a fire. In order for your sash to be considered late, there has to be no visible sash box.

The final way in determining whether your sash is early or late is by checking the size of a window pane. Small panes that were arranged in a 3 across x2 usually were Georgian.

But the advances in the glass industry continued evolving during the year 1840, whereby smaller panes began to be substituted by larger ones. Large sheets of glass were replaced so that the Victorian sashes just hold one or two panes. In conclusion, these were the ways utilized for figuring out what your windows were hiding behind the glass.

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