Antique Windows

Owners of antique windows generally invest time and care into the maintenance of these valuable architectonical elements, which includes monitoring the state of their windows and undertaking reconditioning procedures when problems are discovered. Besides their age, which is an attraction in itself, antique windows may have various distinctive features:

Epochal styles

Antique windows more often than not have a particular appearance, which makes them stand out. Their shape may be arched or the masonry around them may display ornaments or features no longer used in modern construction styles. Elements of various period architectonical styles may be present, such as Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian.

Distinctive grids

Intricate grids, either wooden or metallic, are known as iconic for epochal architecture, bringing an artistic sophistication to the façade of a building. They may need reconditioning, especially painting, yet are undoubtedly provide uniqueness in a panorama of modern over-simplified designs and standardisation.

Glazing patterns and stained glass

One of the best trait antique windows tend to encompass consists of meticulously designed, symmetric and visually pleasant decorative patterns created within the glazing. The glass panes themselves can be of different shapes and colours. Although many people today associate stained glass solely with church windows, in past centuries it was a common decorative element for those who could afford it. Exquisite models can still be found in the UK, usually combined with imaginative patterns. Floral patterns and their afferent colours were quite common. Moreover, however complex, damaged glazing can easily be repaired today and restored to its former glory.

Shutters

Before the invention of insulation methods and the popularisation of glazing itself, people used shutters to block out the sunlight and protect their privacy. Today, some properties preserve their shutters, (predominantly made from wood and associated with casement windows), as romantic reminders of past construction styles.