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The function of a window

A window is nothing more than a hole in a wall – to provide your home with light and for you to look out.

The first glazed windows were made by the Romans about 100 AD but it was not until early 17th century that glazed windows were common in British homes. In Britain opening windows were often sliding sashes while in the rest of Europe windows were side or top hung. Today most new windows in Britain are hinged either side hung, top hung or on projecting friction hinges – top guided or side guided.

In the 1950s a new Float Glass production process was invented by Alistair Pilkington making it possible to create large floor to ceiling windows panes as we know and love today.
Double glazing became increasingly popular to save energy and today many new home are built with triple glazed energy windows to reduce energy bills to nearly nothing. 

Learn more about windows and how the traditional window evolved from wood windows over aluminium windows, alu clad windows and composite windows to the second generation composite windows of today. And how you can use both inward opening and outward opening windows in your project.