What Type of Window Do I Need?
When it comes to a home renovation or a simple need to replace the windows in your home, it can be difficult to understand what types of windows will be the best option. You could simply replace the type of window you already have in place but sometimes this might not always be the best decision.
Before you can even consider the types of windows that are available to you, it is first important to understand that it is the shape and size of the window opening that will have the biggest influence on your decision. You will not always be able to fit your preferred choice unless you make changes to the opening.
However, once you do know the size and shape that you have available to you and what types of windows you are going to be able to fit, you then have to choose which window type is going to suit your home.
Below are four of the more popular styles of windows that you will find in the UK and what circumstances they will best suit for your home:
If you own a Georgian or Victorian home in the UK and are looking for replacement windows, one of the most popular types is that of the sash window. In fact, these windows will also look great on the more traditional-styled modern homes as well.
The great thing about these windows is that there are some many types that you can choose from – it’s really only limited by your imagination. Take a look at our estimate tool to see how many different varieties we can offer!
Other benefits are that they are among the most attractive styles of windows, they can add real value to a property, are easily cleaned and are an excellent option for smaller spaces.
In terms of popularity, there are not many types of British windows in the last couple of hundred years that can compete with the open-out casement window. Walk down any street and you will still see them more commonly than any other type.
Casement windows are the cheapest type of the various window styles but also one of the most versatile. Primarily giving off a modern look, casement windows are actually a great choice for replacing windows in older homes as well.
Other benefits of this type of window are that they provide good insulation, can let more air into a room due to having the ability to be opened wide and are easily replaceable compared to other types.
Bay and Bow Windows
Another type of window that can really add value and aesthetic beauty to your home is that of either a bay or bow window. Both these types are similar in that they add a bit more functional space to the room on the inside as they protrude outwards from the building. They differ only in that bow windows form an outward curved arch-like shape while bay windows are shaped hexagonally.
These are a fairly expensive style of windows in terms of buying, fitting, replacing and maintaining but they really can add some much-needed character to a home. These work the best on Victorian-styled properties but can also look great on all styles and ages of property.
Tilt and Turn Windows
If you wanted to have a bit of added security for a specific room in the house such as a nursery, a tilt and turn window is an excellent option. These are fairly similar to casement windows but actually open inwards instead of outwards. The extra security provided is due to the opening mechanism only allowing the window to be opened partially. This keeps playful young ones from getting out and anyone from getting in.
These work great with both modern and older homes, are easy to clean and maintain and will add an aesthetic as well as security improvement to your home.
As you can see, depending on the style of your home, the window opening and the purposes of the room, you will have to make a decision on which is the best type of window to fit. That said, you do have plenty of options and of course, we are more than happy to give you further advice if required.