Sash windows are beautifully decorative windows that are made from movable panels or frames that have glass insets and can be opened horizontally or vertically. The weights used for moving the panels are concealed in a box called a Yorkshire light and the first dateable reference of this type of window can be found in the 1658 painting of The Milkmaid, by the Dutch artist Vermeer.
Ham House, a beautiful old stately home located in England has the earliest known example of sash windows and dates back to 1670. A typical sash window consisted of three horizontal panels of glass set with two vertical panels of glass, creating a horizontal frame that was very typical for the period. Other configurations became widely accepted but this is still the traditional standard.
The typical standard for sash windows in early Georgian and Victorian houses measured about four feet in width and they can be opened vertically as the window slides on two runners set into the frame of the window.
A set of springs and balances and metal weatherstripping ensure that the window remains in position no matter the weather. A lead or steel weight is set into the frame to balance the weight of each window frame and to ensure that it is easy to open. In the case of a double hung sash window both frames are moveable.
The first was the double hung sash, meaning that both frames could be moved into the open or closed position. The single hung sash frame had one part of its frame permanently anchored while the other was capable of opening or closing. The double hung version is ideal for encouraging good air flow.
These windows are constructed with traditional materials, mostly soft woods and single or double glazed glass panes. Beautiful and stylish, they nevertheless require regular maintenance to ensure smooth operation and the integrity of the frames are maintained. Poor paintwork can result in the frames either shrinking, causing them to rattle in the wind or in the wood warping. This can lead to a poor seal and with difficulty in opening the window.
With careful maintenance and proper treatment of the wood, these windows look beautiful and add to the value and aesthetic appeal of your home. They are extremely efficient at cooling the interior of any room on a sweltering summers day as positioning the windows so that there is a gap both top and bottom means even air movement. The hot air can escape through the top window while cooler air enters through the gap in the bottom window.
Sash windows are windows that are beautifully designed. If you’re wondering, you need to look into the sash window company. Sash window restoration London will help you with your window restoration wants.
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