Despite how common glass windows are now, they were not always this common. Over the last few hundred years we have perfected glass making and its application for the creation of windows. This is why we are able to enjoy these home additions every day! But what about before this process was perfected? In this blog post we will be delving into the evolution of the window.
Surprisingly our journey starts in Rome. Roman homes actually had glass windows! But due to the loss of this information in the Dark Ages, the art of creating window glass was lost. This is when people began to utilize other materials in place of glass as windows such as: wooden shutters and animal hides soaked in oil. These did not keep out the cold so people tried to insulate these areas with curtains and rugs. Another factor that helped keep out the cold was the size, windows were small to minimize the cold air coming in. In the Middle Ages there was a shift, glassmakers began to find way to once again create flat glass for windows. But these windows were not the solid single sheet of glass we are used to today, they were flatted glass circles placed together in a frame. These types of windows looked like a collage of soda bottle bottoms, this style of window is created using a method called crown glass. Even though glass windows were becoming increasingly common in the 16th century, glass was a still a luxury. This made it so only the wealthy could afford windows in their homes. It’s a good thing that windows are affordable enough for all of us today!
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Some information for this blog was pulled from Anna Hoffman’s article “Quick History: Window Glass”.