At Window World, windows are our business and we love what we do. New windows make a house beautiful, provide function and usefulness for the family who lives in the home, and helps cut down on power bills by keeping heated or cooled air inside and outdoor air outside. We also recognize how beautiful historic architecture can be and realize how some windows were built so well they don't need replacement. In such cases, there are means to upgrade a historic building to modern standards while keeping the historic architectural elements which distinguish the house as a local landmark.
Historic Window Construction
Historically, windows were often designed and built according to the skills of the carpenter who constructed them. A common procedure was to use a rope, chain, or cable to attach the window to a counterweight inside of the adjacent wall which allowed it to be easily opened or closed. The window itself was made of wood, and a separate glassmaker cut the panes to size according to the carpenter's design. Often, you could tell who made the window by the edging; whether it was rounded, ogled, or chamfered described the tool used and the carpenter who used that tool made the window. Otherwise, the measurement used might vary between carpenters according to what they thought was aesthetically pleasing.
Form and Function
There was a time when windows were a tiny hole in the wall to allow a little light in, but not big enough for an intruder to attack through. Fortunately, times have changed and windows can be a graceful piece of art or a fairly simple but well placed bit of glass which allows a homeowner to enjoy natural light inside and a view of their lawn. For some time, glass kept the cold outside and the heat inside, but was so thin it had to be protected during storms with hard wood and iron shutters.
Fortunately, today's technology allows for options which wouldn't have worked in earlier times. Today's styles utilize vinyl covered aluminum and steel frames with hardened glass which won't break under ordinary circumstances. Modern forging allows for the more efficient use of springs instead of counterweights to hold the window in place whether opened or closed. For historic homes in which the windows simply don't work, modern styles can simulate the historic look and appeal as needed.
Historic homes are beautiful landmarks within every community and a part of American culture and history. Ideally, historic windows can be repaired and preserved, but sometimes it's a better option to add new windows and keep the building than let it become unusable as it no longer serves the very function it was meant to conduct. Contact a representative at Window World, and we'll address your concerns while determining a plan which will maintain the historic integrity of your building while bringing it up to modern codes and standards.
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