Double Glazed windows then and now
Double Glazed Windows how we got to where we are today
Today I decided to look into the history of the windows. So here goes the first windows in our homes were very simple – just a hole in the wall! This was a good start as it allowed the light and fresh air into the room; however it also let in everything else in including the wind, rain and snow.
This was then improved by adding animal hide, cloth or wood which gave the room some protection. This then progressed to animal horn, paper and sliced marble.
At a later stage wooden window shutters were introduced which gave the home owner a choice the window was either open or shut! We really needed another solution and it is believed that the Romans were the first to use glass in their windows. It did have poor optical qualities however it was a big step forward. British homes though only started to use glass in the 17th Century.
Originally windows had to be glazed with smaller panes separated by glazing bars or “muntins” this was because they were not able to make large pieces of single glass. Due to modern technics of glass making we are able to make large single panes of glass.
So this leads us onto the different types of windows which were designed now windows were made of glass. The sash, casement, awning, tilt and turn, transom, louvered and skylight to name but a few!
Double glazing was invented in the 1930s, but it wasn’t till the 1960s UK homes started to gain the benefits of double glazing. It’s hard to imagine now how we ever managed even with the single glazed windows. These bring back gloomy memories of damp, rotten frames with mouldy condensation on the inside surface of the glass. Thank goodness for double glazing our homes just wouldn’t be the same with it. A product I’m sure we now all take for granted.
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