Windows are an essential part of any building. They provide natural ventilation and lighting, and form part of a home’s curb appeal. A bit of knowledge about the history of windows and how they developed throughout the years can come in handy when choosing a window replacement.
Early 1800s: The Use of Wooden Windows Was Restricted
Wooden windows were the most popular type of window in the 1800s. However, due to the high number of fire incidents in U.S. cities in the late nineteenth century, stricter fire codes were implemented. In general, these stricter building codes discouraged people from installing wooden windows.
Industrial Revolution: The Rise of Steel Windows
Advancements in steel production technology brought about by the Industrial Revolution, which resulted in a surge in the popularity of fire-resistant steel windows. Steel windows would retain their popularity well into the twentieth century. Further advancements in steel manufacturing allowed factories to create steel windows that could support wide glass panes.
Post World War II: The Increasing Popularity of Aluminum and Vinyl Windows
Thanks to their resistance against corrosion, aluminum windows emerged as a cost-effective alternative to steel windows. Toward the end of the twentieth century, fewer homeowners used wooden windows. Most homeowners preferred vinyl windows, which had minimal maintenance needs and affordability. To this day, vinyl windows are the most affordable option on the market.
Each window material has its pros and cons, which should be weighed carefully before choosing a window replacement. If you’re having trouble choosing a window replacement, it’d be helpful to consult a window contractor.
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