Short Guide: Sash and Case Windows
A short guide for homeowners
Historic Environment Scotland has produced an excellent leaflet aimed at the home owner contains information regarding the maintenance and repair of sash and case windows. The information is complemented by a number of illustrations which helps the reader understand the way in which traditional windows are constructed.
Here is an excerp from the opening page:
In the late seventeenth century, pulleys and weights were first applied to timber sashes and the vertical sliding sash and case window was born. The new style of window soon caught on and they were installed throughout Scotland in the 1680s and 1690s. These very early windows have chunky timber members subdividing sashes into very small panes to suit the limited size of poor quality glass which was available. In the eighteenth century, larger pane sizes and slimmer sash members became feasible. By the middle of the century the familiar Georgian window with 6 panes to each sash had become commonplace.
Better quality crown glass was used to glaze these windows, recognisable by its distinctive curved ripples and the slight bellied effect often visible in individual panes when viewed in sunlight. True crown glass is no longer made, making it all the more important to keep any historic crown glass found. In the early nineteenth century, whilst the Georgian pattern continued to be used, horizontally proportioned panes called lying panes were also popular. Occasionally margin panes were used in buildings of this period, an arrangement which continued to be used for stair windows long afterwards.
Hillhead Joiners Stirling install, restore, refurbish and repair timber sash and case windows. We also carry out all types of domestic and commercial joinery and carpentry services to Aberfoyle, Balfron, Bridge of Allan, Buchlyvie, Callander, Cambusbarron, Causewayhead, Denny, Dollar, Doune, Dunblane, Falkirk, Gargunnock, Kippen, Larbert, Menstrie, Stenhousemuir, Tillicoultry and all of Central Scotland.
If you are looking for sash and case window installers, refurbishment, restoration and repairs in Stirling, Dunblane, Bridge of Allan, Kings Park Stirling contact Hillhead Joiners on 07710 096553.