Windows have developed over the years and just like today it tends to be building regulations and advances in technology that have really driven their evolution.
When walking around old towns and cities, it is possible to date properties based on the style of their windows.
A typical Georgian window has lots of small panes and intricate glazing bars – not because that was the current trend but because it was not possible to make large pieces of glass at that time so there was no alternative. Think back further to really tiny pieces of glass in metal windows.
As glass production evolved and large panes became possible, window design also changed. Where previously there had been multi-pane Georgian style sashes, they were now swapped for larger single panes or centrally divided panes of glass in the principal rooms of a great house to demonstrate the ‘lastest thing’ as well as the ability to afford it.
Large single sheets of glass were also much heavier and without the timber lattice of glazing bars that added strength and rigidity, the sash window required strengthening at its weakest point.
This was done by elongating the stile where it met the horizontal mid rail which can be seen as an ornate moulded ‘horn’ that you will see on authentic Victorian windows, with only a few or no glazing bars. So, there’s a huge variation and evolution in the appearance of a sash window from Georgian to Victorian due to progress in glass technology.
Casement windows are generally landscape in orientation and would be considered perhaps more rural and less expensive than sash windows and are perhaps more typical of a country cottage rather than an elegant townhouse.
Available with just as much variation, casements can be multi-paned or without bars and come with a history just as rich as the sash window, with many styles being synonymous with the period’s architecture.
It is worth remembering the history of your windows when you look to replace them or look to build a property with a period feel.
Here at Scotts, we have the combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern technology to be able to supply windows that combine the charm and character of traditional windows with modern, compliant levels of insulation and security.