Picking The Right Windows For Your Property And Your Budget
With 2014 well under way as a homeowner I’m sure you are making plans for the year ahead and considering some new home improvements for your property. Whether it’s a new bathroom, kitchen or you are thinking about new windows the choice of products on the market can be rather overwhelming.
But when it comes to windows there is a wide range that will suit all properties and budgets, allowing you to choose a design that will compliment your property.
Here is a quick guide of the window styles available and what type of property they best suit.
These are the most popular of window styles and are suitable for installation in new and old properties. Because they are available in a choice of colours, materials, finishes and sizes; this makes them a very desirable choice when replacing old windows. The window frames also have the option to add wood grained colour finishes, astragal bars, top lights, pattern glass and a combination of having 1, 2, 3 or 4 window panes in one window.
They are cost effective, easy to fit and are very energy efficient so it’s no wonder they are so popular.
Tilt and Turn
A really useful window when space is a problem and also where security is an issue. The window does as it’s name suggests its can either opens inwards or outwards from either the side or the top, having dual opening options makes it totally unique to any other window type.
The window can be opened into the home allowing you to clean the outside pane really easily and allowing maximum light and ventilation into the room.
Often used in flats, conservatories, contemporary homes and business premises.
Sash also known as Vertical Sliders
Traditional, classic and timeless the perfect window for older properties. Modern sash windows have none of the problems the old wooden sash windows incurred such as draughts caused by ill fitting, rotting frames, sticking/jamming, and failing counter weights.
Modern sash windows boast beauty as well being totally energy efficient. Again these windows come in a variety of materials and finishes. With a choice of openings the window is very versatile; double hung openings can be opened from the top and the bottom and the single hung openers opening from the bottom with the top pane fixed.
As mentioned a great choice for older period properties, but equally can be fitted and look stunning on newer homes. Available with cottage bars to create a stylish Georgian look, they are totally secure and are fitted with beautiful cam catches and hook lifts.
A great window for commercial and contemporary properties also useful where opening a window outwards is an issue. The pane of glass horizontally glides pass the other to open.
It is similar to a sash window but opening horizontally.
This is perfect for anyone who wishes to have unconstructive views when the window is open. A flying mullion window is similar to a casement window; the mullion is an integral part of one of the casements so that when both casements are open there is no obstruction to the view
This style of window was first designed as a fire escape window keeping safety in mind it also has an advanced locking system. This really is one of the safest windows on the market.
It is suitable for all properties, but in my view perfect for cottages.
Shaped also known as Picture windows
Where you wish to make a statement a shaped window will create a dramatic and stunning feature they can be costume made these to suit your requirements. Using a range of materials such as; PVC, timber, aluminium these windows really bring individuality to any property type.
Shape ideas can be small port holes, arches or large circles with a choice of glazing options such as plain, patterned, stained and bevelled glass. Perfect for the homeowner who is design lead and wanting to stand out from the crowd.
Now you know the different styles on the market you are going to know who should install your new windows. Read this article to help you decide on the right double glazing company.