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Sash Windows And Where Where They Originate

By Archie Campbell

Sash windows are movable glass panels, which form a frame of glass, separated by lights or panes by narrow bars. This is a type of glazing where panels are opened in a vertical sliding fashion. The horizontally sliding for are known as “Yorkshire lights”.

Sash windows hail all the way back to the 17th century. The English inventor and scientist Robert Hooke was responsible for inventing sash style windows. In 1670 Ham house was the recipient of these kinds of windows. Victorian and Georgian homes are renown for having these windows. Each sash has 2 lights across and 3 on each sash. This then becomes a 6 x 6 panel, there are of course other variations.

The standard length of sashes in the U. K is four feet wide or 1.2 m. The older units that were hand made could be any size. They have upper & lower sashes that are created within the side jambs and slide in vertically. These grooves can be made of metal weather strips.

Due to the fact that half the entire window area is opened, maximum ventilation is possible. Weather stripping, springs and balances are what hold it in place. The window balances due to lead, cast iron or heavy metal, this is what causes the window to operate. Spring balances can also be used.

The locking mechanism is made of simplex hinges on one side of the window, this permits opening of the window to let in fresh air if required.

The American version is usually made from softwood are normally glazed. High windows usually have quadruple sashes. In a single frame, two sashes are used and the one on top is fixed. The people in the USA call them hung sash style windows and they hang with 2 double sashes. This enables the sash to move in an upward or downward movement inside the frame.

Because it is made of wood, distortion, swelling and rotting of the wood can take place in Sash windows. The wood will often also shrink. These windows need to be well looked after, but this is worth it as the are lovely to look at and can be cleaned. The added ventilation and cooling is also and added bonus.It is for the above reasons that it is imperative that good maintenance is exercised on your sash windows.

Learn the way that sash window restoration London experts can enhance the value of your home and make it more beautiful today! When you need help with your windows, using a sash window company will allow you to take care of all issues quickly and easily.

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