A Brief History of the Sash Window

A Brief History of the Sash Window

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Sash windows are one of the most recognisable types of windows in England, dating from the time just after the great fire of London in 1666, yet little is known about their history. The birth of the sash windows had little to do with fashion. Rather, they were the response to a rather practical problem. Back in the seventeenth century, the streets of London were narrow. Adjacent houses were often just a few feet away from each other in the crowded city centre, meaning that a regular, outward-opening window risked knocking into the houses on the opposite. Sash windows solved this problem by allowing their owners to slide them up rather than open them out, both saving space and avoiding arguments with the neighbours. Though many people believe that sash windows were an imported design from the emerging British empire, they were not. In fact, they were exports to the

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All About Accoya

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Among woods, Accoya® is a marvel. Thanks to its low moisture content and the way that it is processed, it’s ideal for outdoor and wet applications, like window frames. It’s resistant to rot and has high strength, making it perfect for a whole raft of external applications. Accoya® doesn’t come from the “accoya tree” – Accoya® is just the name given to the resulting wood once it has been finished. Rather, all Accoya® products start off life as the Radiata Pine, a type of tree native to California. Though raw Radiata Pine has good construction properties by itself, it can be transformed into Accoya® through a process of acetylation, a wood whose performance far outstrips that of many other hardwoods. So what are the strengths of Accoya® and why is it so sought after? Incredible Durability One of the reasons why Accoya® wood is used so often in outdoor applications,

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