The first windows down the ages were openings providing panoramic views from caves across landscapes far below. The first houses had tiny openings for doors and windows to admit light and let people enter.
Closing doors and windows in those days was a matter of stuffing something into the hole. This situation changed, arguably when a technical genius invented the hinge. This heralded in the art of fenestration.
The Art of Fenestration – What’s That?
We were quite chuffed when we stumbled over the word while researching this post. Fenestration is the art of arranging doors and windows in a façade. We encounter it every day in homes with windows arranged evenly on walls, and with their tops and bottoms lining up.
Windows down the Ages in Colonial America
The earliest windows in settler America and Canada were mostly simple sashes that opened on side hinges. These were actually quite small, because glass was expensive and in short supply. They were often in pairs, in order to increase the amount of light and ventilation.
Vertical sliding sash windows arrived in the 17th century after the design took Europe by storm. The first models were single hung with only the top half moving. Later, double-hung ones used a complicated system of pulleys, cords, and weights. Thank heavens for modern technology!
Sliding sash windows down the ages provided a boost to window fenestration. While triple and quadruple-hung windows allowed for wall-to-ceiling effects. However, after a few decades of experimenting simpler double-hung ones became the norm. And they still add a sense of classic grandeur to the fenestration of a façade.
However, nowadays our customers prefer the understated elegance of top opening sash windows because they are much simpler to operate, and present a clean and modern impression. SilverLine Exterior Solution’s windows are made locally, and we can arrange special shapes and sizes without involving intermediaries.
Classic, Modern, or Avant Garde, the Choice is Yours
Skilled artisans made windows down the ages with loving care to bring their customers’ dreams to life. We follow the same tradition of service at SilverLine Exteriors where client satisfaction ranks high.
We make, and we install horizontal sliders, push outs, top hung, side hung, and special windows for discerning customers throughout Vancouver. And we provide quality at a price the average household can afford. Would you like us to pop by for a free estimate? Call 604-942-0488 for more information.
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