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  • A Brief History of Sash Windows

    Environment, Environmental Design


    For that traditional windows style look, the period aesthetics of sash windows have always been the ideal choice. Since they appeared back in the 1600’s, the period appeal of sash windows continues to be popular today. When you look over the history of the craftsmanship and sash windows restoration, it becomes clear why these remain so popular.

    Our bespoke wooden sash windows give houses that authentic look and feel and the history of the windows allows houses to be part of a 400 year old tradition. At that time, only rich merchants could afford to fit sash windows – now, the abundance of specialist suppliers mean almost anyone can.

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    One popular aspect particularly during Georgian times in the 18th century leant towards perfect large panes of glass. This tradition continued to become a manufacturing technique for sash window design during Victorian times and largely what you will see today.

    Today, the sash window design continues to reflect those periods as many care about preserving the look with professional sash windows restoration; fine large pane finishes and wooden frames, new licks of paint when needed, replacement wooden parts and furniture when required.

    Decades of renovation has changed the windows in some houses beyond recognition. Many of the Victorian windows have been replaced by designs from the 50s to the 70s. Thankfully, the legacy remains intact for most houses where the original traditional Georgian look has been preserved.

    On the craftsmanship, many find the classic appeal surpasses the modern uPVC finish, while responsible homeowners are concerned about the ecological impact of plastic windows. The classic “two halves” sash window design is what makes it stand out from the crowd. The older windows dating back to the 17th century are easy to spot for example. Legalisation in London passed in 1709 forced specialists to ensure sash windows were recessed by at least four inches for increased fire protection.

    Later, the sash box became the next part of the timber craftsmanship. This provided a thick wooden frame for the pulley. Another part of the legislation later in the 18th century ordered windows being fitted to ensure only the sash frame could possibly be exposed to any fire hazards.

    In the 19th century, home owners started to ask for larger panes and large sheets of glass became a Victorian demand. These homes have sashes containing only one or two glass panes each. So, a distinction between the craftsmanship of Georgian and Victorian times can be spotted immediately as you look at rows of houses.

    One point that should be stressed is there is no reason to view wooden frames as being as susceptible to rot as we are led to believe due to their age. Timber frames can be treated against woodworm before painting for a long lasting installation. If one frame breaks, that frame can be replaced without replacing the whole unit. So, if you bought a house with Victorian frames, you should preserve those sash windows and enjoy a long-lasting relationship with them!

    Traditional craftsmanship of sash windows is a learned skill and is in popular demand across key areas such as Surrey, London and beyond.

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