Edwardian Mock Tudor property

The UK is blessed with a diverse and historic range of residential architectural styles.

From the Georgian to the Victorian, Edwardian to Art Deco, the wealth of styles is evident throughout the country.

One of the most popular and distinctive styles is Tudor architecture, which came to prominence in the late 15th century, and regained popularity during the Edwardian era as ‘mock Tudor’ architecture. The style, characterised by half-timber work, gable roofs and an array of decorative windows, has been adopted by housebuilders over the centuries and forms an iconic element of British architecture.

In this blog, we’ll talk you through all of the elements of the Tudor style, paying close attention to the windows, frames and glazing options that characterise this era.

Tudor architecture overview

From rural pubs to inner city homes, the Tudor style is instantly recognisable. The contrasting stripes of dark wood and creamy-white stucco (a type of plaster or render) and exposed dark timber frame provide a unique identity to the style. The mock-Tudor style, paying tribute to the housing of the Tudor era, often utilises red brick as a complement to the traditional timber frame and stucco finish.

Alongside elaborate chimneys, masonry, embellished porches and a steep pitched roof, distinctive casement windows complete the look of a period style quite unlike any other. So, when it comes to Tudor or mock-Tudor properties, ensuring you have the right style of windows is a vital element to finishing the look.

Whether you’re replacing windows in a period property, seeking to replicate the look in a new build or you want to enhance your home with a touch of Tudor flair, read on to find out everything you need to know about Tudor window styles.

Types of windows found in Tudor properties

Casement windows are a mainstay of Tudor properties, so if you’re looking to achieve the Tudor aesthetic this is your starting point. A casement window is hinged on one side and can open wide like a door to allow a flow of fresh air through your property.

In authentic Tudor homes, these casement windows tend to be tall and narrow, often in a segmented bay configuration.

In Tudor architecture, bay windows would typically be found on the second and third floors, while in mock-Tudor architecture ground floor bay windows are also often incorporated.

Transom windows, small rectangular windows sometimes found above the main casement window, are also fairly typical of the Tudor style, either in bay windows or above standard casement windows.

Other windows you may see in Tudor properties include double-hung sash windows, and smaller windows above and to the sides of the front door, which is often a focal point in Tudor and mock-Tudor properties.

Mock Tudor windows

Mock Tudor windows

Tudor window frames and materials

When it comes to window frames, the Tudor style is usually defined by the black or dark brown wooden frames contrasting with the white stucco façade to create statement windows throughout the property.

While the traditional period homes used oak or other hardwood, replica timber windows can now be made with incredibly durable, stable modified softwoods such as Accoya.

With modern windows there is a much greater range of options that can provide high performance without compromising on style, allowing homeowners to mimic the Tudor look but with the affordability and durability of 21st century materials.

Whatever window material that you choose, getting the glazing right is essential.

Tudor style glazing

While we’ve looked at the general style of windows found in both Tudor and mock-Tudor properties, one of the essential and defining features of the architectural style is the use of leading.

Traditional Tudor windows would have been made with smaller pieces of hand-blown glass, joined together in a grid of narrow metal strips called leading, usually laid out in a rectangular or diamond shaped configuration.

This method of combining smaller pieces of glass to make larger windows was commonplace in Tudor times. By Edwardian times, larger panes of glass could be made so leading was no longer necessary, although Edwardian Mock-Tudor windows often have leading for decorative purposes only rather than for necessity.

In Edwardian and more modern properties, leading or timber glazing bars can be applied to the surface of the glass to create the look of traditional Tudor windows.

Mock Tudor windows

Mock Tudor windows

Modern materials, Tudor style

Advancements in window materials over the years have created a wealth of style and colour options for homeowners and housebuilders to choose from. Combining the benefits of modern production techniques – to assist thermal efficiency, security and durability – with the classic appeal of traditional styles, means that you can have the best of both worlds.

When it comes to the intricacies of the Tudor style, combining the right window types with frames to complement, will give your home that chocolate box appeal.

Give your home the Tudor windows it deserves

There’s no question that Tudor windows, done correctly, can add an instant element of charm to almost any property. Whether an original Tudor property, a mock-Tudor home or a new build, investing in stylish windows and frames echoing this traditional, timeless style can be a fantastic investment.

At Timbawood, our experts are able to guide you through all of the considerations and options when needing to sensitively replicate or repair Tudor or Tudor style windows. From restoration and repair to part and full replacement, in a range of material and glazing options, we can provide you with everything you need to get the finish your property deserves.

Contact our team today for more information.