Wednesday, 29 March 2017

My windows Are How Old?

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.

You may be curious to know whether or not your window may have a historic value. Let me explain. A Sash is a classical British window; it includes two halves, one right atop the other. One of the halves can slide vertically to close. The sash was invented in Britain or by a Low Country during the 17th century. UK citizens used sashes during the whole 19th century for approximately around 200 years.

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.

Windows History
In 1709, legislation was passed which ordered that all sashes in the country had to be recessed into their opening by a minimum of four inches. This was done as form of fire protection. Later, other cities and towns followed in their footsteps.

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.

During 1774, a new legislation was passed. This law ordered that sash boxes had to be tucked behind a wall. This was mandated so that only sliding frames were exposed to a raging fire. In essence, the next step for you to find out about the age of your windows is to check the age of your sash by locating if there is any sash box; if so, then your sash is a late one.

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 thanks to major advances in the glass industry during the 1840's, larger panes were created which replaced the smaller ones that had always been used earlier. Big sheets of glass were substituted, so that the Victorian sashes hold just two panes. These are the ways by which you can figure out some of the history of your home.