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Explanation of the different types of window designs you can buy
If you are considering replacing your homes windows it is worth knowing the different styles you are able to choose from. Below is a small explanation of each window style. Depending on some factors such as your budget, style of home and the look you want to create will determine what windows will best suit your property.
Casement windows are available with different energy ratings, which helps provide greater insulation helping to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Casement windows are available in a variety of different materials such as PVC (also known as uPVC), timber, and aluminium. With a choice of frame colours, glazing options and window furniture personalising your windows is very easy.
The windows are very secure and most modern handles have a locking key option for additional security.
The sash window is a traditional and distinctive style window offering a classic style for your property. Many home owners who own properties with existing old wooden sash windows are aware these are prone to problems such as jamming, counter weights which fail, rotting frames that don’t open or close effectively and cause draughts.
However these problems are not present with new modern sash windows which have overcome these issues so home owners are able to replace this style of window with new sash windows obtaining the classic style they offer, but with all the benefits of the new technology used to manufacture these windows.
New sash windows can be manufactured in timber or PVC (also known as uPVC) and are available in a variety of colours and are fitted with beautiful cam catches and hook lifts. Sash windows will provide a traditional appearance to any building and to create a Georgian look they can be fitted with astragal bars.
When fitting a sash window there will be a choice of openings the home owner is able to choose from these being the double hung or single hung window. The double hung window opens by sliding the bottom frame of glass up or by pushing the top frame down. This makes this style of window is a good choice for children’s rooms as the window can be left open from the top. The single hung window opens just from the bottom by pushing the bottom frame upwards; the top pane is permanently fixed in place.
These windows can also be used in places where there is an issue with limited interior or exterior opening space, such as walkways, porches or patios where you do not want the window to protrude. These windows can also be fitted so the outside tilts inwards so it can be cleaned from the inside.
New sash windows are energy efficient and provide the home with insulation.
Hopper and Awning
The difference between these two windows is how they open. The hopper opens into the building and the awning opens outwards. Both are commonly used for basements as they can be placed high on the wall and allow in both light and air.
The hopper window is just like a casement window but lays horizontally the disadvantage of this window is how it opens, the fact that it opens into the room makes fitting blinds and other window dressings difficult. It also means that when there is a down pour the rain will run straight into the room.
These windows can also be used with a picture window as they can’t be opened and the awning/hopper window allows the room to have some ventilation.
Tilt and Turn
The tilt and turn window differs from other window styles as it is able to be opened at two points the top and the side. Having a dual opening function allows the homeowner to use one for ventilation and the other for access. This is accomplished by using a unique set of hinges, the window is tilted in for ventilation and also opens inwards as a window.
These windows are manufactured in PVC (also known as uPVC), timber and aluminium all offering high security, glazing options and a choice of colours.
Picture (also known as stationary windows)
As the name suggests these windows cannot be opened they are simply there to allow light into the room and provide a view. They can be manufactured in a variety of shapes like a porthole or arch the window can also be made in a wide choice of sizes; you are even able to create a floor to ceiling unobstructed view to the outside covering a whole wall if you wish.
The picture window creates a portrait type space making the outside space a picture within the room, allowing the outside feel part of the room. A perfect choice for using in rooms where you want to maximise the views such as a bedrooms, living room, office or dining room.
They can also be used in conjunction with patio doors, French doors, and other combinations of window styles which will allow air into the room. Manufactured in a choice of frames made from timber, aluminium and PVC.
Radius Windows (also known as arch windows)
Arch windows can be manufactured to be tall like a casement window or in a wider style when required. This style of window has a fixed opening and is used as a statement window within a building.
Using plain, stained and bevelled glazing options the arch window can be costumed made to suit your requirements.
An arch window can also be installed above a door allowing more natural light to enter the entrance of a building or above a picture window adding shape.
Bay / Bow
Bay and bow windows are often used to replace flat windows on a property adding character to the exterior of the property with the combinations of extended window panes, which brings some depth and interest to the house. The panels can be created by using a mixture of window openings such as picture, casement and sash.
The bow window has a more curved appearance compared to the bay window; it is usually made up of 4 panels but is available with more panels if needed. The panels are set at a gentle curve creating a pleasing look to the property. To help remember what the bow window looks like think “Bow and Arrow”.
The bay window as a rule usually has 3 panels that are set at a 45 – degree angle to the walls of the house giving a greater projection than the bow window. With a bay window due to the depth of the window there will be the option to have a large window cill or a bench seat.
The bay and bow window can be bought in a variety of materials PVC, timber and aluminium and has a choice of window furniture which will complement the opening choice.
Slider (also known as horizontal slider)
A good option for home owners when there is an issue with interior or exterior opening space or where you wouldn’t want a window to protrude. These windows are usually made up from two panes, but can be made to have more if required with at least one pane that will slide horizontally past the other to open.
Sliding windows are a popular choice for business/commercial buildings but are also a favourite with contemporary and modern homes.