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Choosing window styles for your home

Whether you need replacement windows or considering a new extension for your home, selecting the right style of window compliments the exterior appeal and transform the interior atmosphere.

Here are 7 window styles to inspire the choice for your home:

Casement Windows

Casement windows give your home a contemporary look and feel while still remaining accessible to maintain and clean. Casement windows styles are increasingly becoming the most common installed window in the UK and offer the highest energy efficiency rating.

A casement window is comprised of a single window, and one sash with a nested handle which when turned will swing the window sash outwards away from your home (like a door).

The outside frame of the window is commonly made of UPVC or fibreglass with the interior sash made from a traditional wood such as pine to give your home a touch of warmth and dimension.

Tilt and Turn Windows

A tilt and turn window is a convenient and elegant style of window due to its narrow frames and the multipoint locking mechanism allowing the sash to tilt vertically and turn horizontally.

The tilt opens the window vertically allowing airflow to vent inside your room without compromising security. While the turn opens the window in the same way as a traditional casement window swinging inwards entirely venting the room of air while providing complete access to the outside.

Commonly used across the UK and Europe, this is the most practical window style allowing ease of access to the outside and the comfort of maintaining and cleaning the window from inside your home.

Awning Windows

The awning window is similar to a casement style window because it is one sash within the frame pushed out from the bottom using a turn handle.

The use of a turn handle distributes the weight of the window which often can be heavy depending on materials, therefore, allowing the sash to glide open making this a preferred option for homeowners with mobility issues.

The awning style is best suited as an option for a bathroom or above the sink option within a kitchen where space can be limited offering greater practicality than a double-hung or sliding sash window.

Alternatively, an awning window can be used as a supplemental window to increase the amount of light or air ventilation when placed above or below a picture window.

Single & Double-Hung Windows

A single or double-hung window offers a traditional look and feel to the home without using any additional space on the exterior of the property. This style of window is ideal for limited outdoor space where an outwards opening window would be blocked, or joined to a create a group of windows.

On a single hung window, a single sash can be adjusted either by tilt or vertical sliding configurations with the second pane fixed to the frame. The benefit of a single over a double hung window is that less moving parts result in greater efficiency and less maintenance.

A double-hung style of window has two sashes which operate independently providing more air ventilation options allowing both upper or lower sections to be opened.

Bay and Bow Windows

A bay and bow window is perfect for making a home cosy while adding functional space to the window area by adding seating or storage which otherwise would be wasted.

Change the look and feel of a home with a bay or bow window, the large opening adds more light into the room while enhancing the view. These window styles can create usable space, increasing the natural sunlight while adding personality and kerb appeal to the property.

A bow window is a configuration of 4, 5 or 6 windows which all gently angle out from your home and a bay window will typically have 3 windows with a single fixed window in the centre.

A bay and bow window can serve as a replacement to any downstairs flat casement window and comes with a vast range of style and colour configurations. The angled flanking windows can be personalised to mix with other window styles such as a double hung, casement or variety of styles.

Roof Windows

Roof light windows can transform the living space by introducing better air circulation and improving the amount of sunlight into what otherwise would be a dark room.

A roof window is an ideal solution for home projects and can be added to the roof of an extension, loft conversion, attics or replacement windows for existing rooms with roof access.

All modern roof windows can be customised to match the exterior and style of a home with many materials such as stylish aluminium or traditional wood with many opening and locking configuration.

Tip: when considering a roof window for your home review the cleaning accessibility of the exterior glass, a top-hung pane with full rotation provides easy access to the outside section from within.

Sliding Sash Windows

A sliding style window, also known as a sliding sash window, have either two or three frames which can glide horizontally to maximise the air ventilation in rooms with limited interior and exterior space.

Sliding Sash Windows also come in a vertical configuration, a style which was often popular in the in the 1960s. Due to more efficient materials such as UPVC and aluminium, sliding windows are considered to more energy efficient and require less maintenance than the traditional counterparts.

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