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The awning window is a type of window design that allows the window sash to swing in an outward motion rather than the common inward or up and down motion. Early applications of awning window can be found in manufacturing plants and schools that were built between the 1920’s and 1950’s. In both cases, the windows normally had large sashes that were composed of panes of glass surrounded by metal framing. Depending on the application, the panes could be either large sections of glass that took up the entire frame known today as Simulated Divided light frames, or a series of smaller panes encased within the structure of the frame known as True Divided light frames. These awning windows normally were operated with pull chains, since they tended to reach all the way to the ceiling and would have been difficult to open otherwise.
Opening the windows could allow a cross current which helped to cool the interior. Many homes built in the 1940’s through the early 1960’s made use of the awning window due to the fact that there was no other way to cool the house at the time. In these instances, the panes were normally hinged at the top and made use of hand cranks to open and close the sashes. The hand crank made it possible to position the awning window sashes at any desired point, which meant the homeowner could retract the windows in the event of rain, but still leave them open to catch a breeze.
Today awing windows are still being used as a more energy efficient way of cooling a home than turning on the air conditioner. The awing is one of the many window type options offered by steel windows and doors. For more information please visit our website at steelwindowsanddoors.com.
The first metal windows were made from iron by medieval blacksmiths. These simple frames were glazed with either stained glass or clear leaded lights, and were mostly used for ecclesiastical buildings and major country houses whose owners were among the few people who could afford them. All other windows were made of timber.
It wasn’t until the invention of a more accurate metal casting method in the mid 18th Century that provided a metal alternative to timber for the construction of the sash window. For the first time metal windows were manufactured in a controlled production environment. The first cast metal windows functioned in the same manner as the timber wood sash windows. They consisted of two vertically sliding panels of glazing, one set behind the other and counterbalanced with weights for ease of operation. The casting process also enabled the manufacturer to create different designs for the window instead of just having one standard product design. Detailing which had only previously been available with wood products could now be included in the timber pattern from which the metal window was casted in. The result was a metal sash with glazing beads and decorative ‘T’-section glazing bars showing rounded edges, a feature never seen before on metal windows.
Steel window production has greatly evolved in terms of customization throughout the years. For more information on the latest design and window technology please visit our website at steelwindowsanddoors.com
Many people may have the impression that steel only adds a cold industrial look to a building. At Steel Windows and Doors we strive to find new and fascinating ways to customize our product to fit the need and desires of our customers. For a great example of this take a look that the newly constructed Urban Outfitters building in Westport, CT. It features massive spans of glass using a thermally broken, energy efficient, steel frames in a vibrant color.
History of Hot Rolling
Earliest hot rolling mills were called slitting mills, which were introduced from Belgium to England in 1590. These mills passed flat bars between rolls to form a plate of iron or steel, which was then passed between grooved rolls (slitters) to produce rods. The hot rolling process has come along way since the 1600s. Now it is used to make beautiful and elegant steel frames that can be used for windows and doors for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. For more information or to see great examples of what hot rolling can produce check out our website at www.steelwindowsanddoors.com
Out of this world and darkly romantic, the first private home designed by architect Daniel Libeskind is a spaceship for two featuring steel windows and doors furnishe and installed by Steel Windows and Doors USA
The Daniel Libeskind–designed house comprises just 2,000 square feet—except that none of its rooms are, in fact, square.
“You come upon it from below—a gleaming chocolate-and-plum-colored crystal nestled on a pillow of New England hillside. Acres of scraggly woods have been cleared away, leaving a few ancient oaks, a low stone wall, and a vast cascading meadow. The house sits in a fold of the slope, tucked away beneath the crest. At first blush it looks too low and cramped for an adult to enter, like the den of a particularly stylish Hobbit. But its stature is deceptive, as with almost everything else about it. The first private residence designed by Daniel Libeskind is at once modest and palatial, private and theatrical, inviting and aloof. It’s a little enclave of exhibitionism stowed out of sight. “You don’t need to impress with size,” Libeskind says. “You can keep it modest but still make it a spectacular place to live.”