The glazing in the front window of a glazing window in the Oxfordshire town of Gloucester is in danger of disappearing, as some are removing a piece of plaster to save money.
Glazing clips have been used for centuries to protect windows from the elements and, over time, the technology has evolved into a highly versatile piece of furniture.
Glaziers can be bought online or by calling an independent contractor who will then glue the clip to the front of the window.
“We’ve been using the clip for many, many years and I think it’s time that it goes,” said Glenys McConaghy.
Glaze clips have an old-fashioned feel and are made of either wood or plaster, depending on the style of glazing.
They’re usually around 10 centimetres thick and have a metal ring to hold them in place.
The clip is often glued onto a wall in the window, and is usually attached to a window frame.
Glazes are made in a similar way to the plaster they are meant to protect from the sun and the elements.
But the way that they are sold in the UK has changed significantly over the years, with most of them being manufactured in the US.
Glazed windows have a long history, but the current style of construction in England has been in flux since the 1960s.
A lot of people in Gloucester have a bit of a grudge against the window glaziers and the window companies, said McConahy.
“It was the first time I had to buy a window that was not glass and I bought a glazed window and it was terrible.
It’s not worth my time to pay for it, it’s worth it to save a bit,” she said.
Glazing clip repair company Stonehenge said it had used clips in the Gloucester town for more than 20 years.
They are a cheaper option than buying a new glass window, but McConagy says that will not last long.
“You’re basically putting a bit more money into a window, so you’re not saving the window or saving the life of the child that is going to have to walk out of the house every day to look at it, and it’s not good for the environment,” she told CBC News.
“So, I think the future of glass in this country is quite uncertain, I do think it will be gone in about a decade.”
McConaghys daughter has just turned 10, and she is very happy with her new glass.
“She’s very, very happy, and I’m really glad we’ve been able to do it,” she explained.
“I feel really fortunate that she’s not going to grow up in a glaze-clipping window.
I’m quite happy with it, that’s my main motivation for it.”
McConnell said he plans to use clips for the rest of his life, and that he’s also looking at installing a glass window.