Today windows seem like a natural addition to the home, but it was not always this way. Private homes did not begin to have windows with glass until 100 A.D., according to some sources. Up until that point, windows were either not included in homes or would simply be cutouts in the sides of the structures.
Some windows can be seen in early Egyptian wall paintings and in Christian and Byzantine churches. From culture to culture, the usage and prevalence of windows has varied, but once they were introduced, they often became the main focal point in architecture and construction, going as far as to symbolize opulence in some spaces.
Windows to this day create a feeling of openness and beauty in a building. From the outside, you get a beautiful architectural effect that reflects light and adds depth, while on the inside, you get the benefit of experiencing glimpses of the outside world from within the comforts of your own home. Windows have also always provided functionality to spaces by allowing ventilation and light in.
At times, windows may seem like they are simply present in the home and other buildings for the sake of beauty, but windows were (and still are) very important for ventilation and light. When windows were becoming more prominent, especially in homes in the 17th century, they gained a major function that most windows today use: sliding. Before that point, windows would generally swing open to allow in the fresh air. This new functionality made it easier to secure the home while still allowing in airflow, which could also be moderated more efficiently.
Spanning across many years, windows have experienced countless technological advancements that provide more energy efficiency and better insulation to the home. But while they are durable, windows are not eternal. Over time, because of deterioration due to age in general and their encounters with the elements, windows need to be repaired or replaced in order to ensure maximum continued functionality for your home.
After many years of illuminating and protecting homes, windows may require replacement. There is no definite amount of time that a window will last, since it can vary due to weather in the area and the integrity of the home itself, but if you have well-maintained windows and a solid home foundation, you should not need replacements for over 20 years.
Replacement takes into consideration the size of the window needed to replace the existing one. While the size may remain the same, the owner is able to decide on the style of the window and type of glass. At this point, there is the option of choosing different styles of windows that can increase the energy efficiency of the home overall.
When it comes time to evaluate whether your home needs a window replacement, it’s always recommended to call in the experts. Our knowledgeable team here at Capital Glass can evaluate the glass and inform you of whether window repair is possible or if window replacement must take place.