Having windows with degenerating features can damage not only the house itself, but also your reputation. They may not seem all that important to you but a high quality window can make your home look elegant and classy.
Sash windows are made from one or more movable panels or sashes. There are a wide range of styles, showcasing changing attitudes towards design throughout various periods in history. They are found frequently in Georgian and Victorian houses with the oldest surviving examples coming from the 1670s.
Due to their subtle proportions and elegance, sashes were one of the most crucial and celebrated visual elements in buildings during the 18th and 19th century. They were the most popular form of window by Victorian times. The subject of their origin however is debated upon, with different people suggesting that they were invented either in the UK, Holland or France.
Due to their installation in such structures as Ham House, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, the sash window became a sort of status symbol. Those who could afford them cut out their leaded-light windows to install the most visually appealing ones. This is one of the reasons why a number of larger 16th and 17th century houses have early 18th century windows.
As the period progressed, the construction of sash windows also improved, with the most important development being the thinning of the glazing bars. Among the types of sashes available during this time, the tripartite was among the most grand and impressive in terms of appearance.
The popularity of these windows has shifted during their lifespan, with them being at their least popular during World War II as they were considered too expensive and outdated. Fortunately, they are well regarded again today.
Maintaining sashes is important if you want them to look their best for a long period of time. Luckily, our team specialise in their repair and renovation. If you find that yours have fallen into a state of disrepair, we have the experience and equipment necessary to conduct a full sash window restoration. We work across Northumberland and will deliver a first rate service to each client.