The Development of Window Glass Over the Centuries

Imagine living in a time where glass is considered a luxury item that only the wealthiest could afford. That was the case until the modern age. So, how did we transition from then to now? Here’s a quick history lesson about window glass.

An Advanced Craft

The earliest windows used glass pebbles installed on wooden frames. They may not have been transparent, yet they would let some light through. It wasn’t until the late third century CE when glassmakers began the process of blowing a cylindrical bubble of glass.

Other Glassmaking Methods

Glassblowing, however, got lost when the Roman Empire fell and signaled the Dark Ages. Fortunately, it was revived in the fourteenth century, together with other methods, such as crown glass. Here, French glassblowers created hollow glass bubbles and spun them into flattened discs. Only the wealthy could afford to have them in their windows.

A Precious Commodity

From there, window glass became common, though only for those in the upper class. Their homes only had glass on windows located in important rooms. Casement windows grew in popularity. These opened inward to protect the glass.

Moving Forward

The next centuries saw better glassmaking methods and techniques with the aim of finding and creating the strongest, clearest and flattest window glass. With modernized steelmaking, glass came in more in various structures. Creating a wall of glass was made possible, especially for skyscrapers. Today, we have durable insulated glass available in different sizes and shapes.

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