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By Chris Burrows


Now that the days when historic properties were torn down or remodeled without a second thought to their historical value are gone, many homeowners of older homes seek quality refurbishment of their homes and the fixtures that make them so charming. Restoring historical properties to their original grandeur is possible if a little research is well made and if attention is paid to details. Sash window refurbishment is one of the little details that can make a big difference in a historic property's presentation.

At their most popular usage during the nineteenth century, sashed windows were first noted by artists by the mid-seventeenth century. This makes them treasures of the past.

Such an integral part of the culture and society of many different places throughout the world, the idea of window sashes being thrown opened figured into lively songs and holiday stories. Today's societies may often find such notions mysterious, and many people head to the web to learn exactly what a window sash is.

Comprised of two panels of six glass panes each, commonly, these window sets have cables of cloth, lead, or steel to lower or raise the bottom panel, usually. Individual panes of glass in each sash or panel are separated from the others by way of frames consisting of narrow wood muntins. Counterweights make the lowering and raising of the lower panel possible.

Particularly popular in the designs of Georgian and Victorian homes, cable window refurbishment often represents a broad problem for people restoring their own homes. Most sash windows are six by six pairings, with six panes in the lower panel and six panels in the upper panel, but in the Victorian era non-standard windows were commonly used. Finding panes to fit the era of the houses can be tricky, but in the interest of historical accuracy many people opt to replace broken panels with bubbled, oily, or wavy glass to put the windows back to their original condition.

Many people believe that older windows cannot be a good option for homeowners seeking more energy-efficient alternatives. Homes that have sashed windows are easily kept cool, though. If the upper panel can be lowered, all that needs to be done to create a breeze that circulates cool air through the room is to drop the top panel a bit as the bottom panel is raised. Warm air will exit through the top as cool air enters through the bottom. This represents one way that these windows can reduce energy bills.

People who choose to seek refurbishment of their original window units are often rewarded by the attention their historic property garners. The integrity of the property maintained, these homes are charming and alluring. Broad rays of light enter through antique reminders of bygone days, and this captures the attention of people passing the homes.

Antique sets may be affected by a number of ailments including rot, swelling or shrinking wood, cracking, and sagging. In some cases, windows will have lead residue. Care should be taken to ensure that no lead paint is inhaled. Consult area building codes for information on how to deal with lead during sash window refurbishment.




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