We can all agree that the windows you choose for your property play a very crucial role. Windows not only add a certain element of personality, whether you have a domestic residence, an office, or other commercial establishment – they also serve to insulate your property and make the interior more comfortable and inviting as well. By choosing the right windows, you can also reduce your energy bills and do your own part for environmental preservation.
But before you choose the material you need for your windows (whether it’s traditional or classic wood, uPVC, composite, aluminium or steel, fibreglass, or more), you need to think about the various window styles available. The good news is that whatever material you choose in the end, a good supplier and window specialist, such as The Window Store (check out their many products and services at http://www.windowstoreplastics.co.uk) will be able to provide you with the window style you want without any hassle.
Which window style? Your guide to the different styles available today
Some window styles have been around for a good number of years, whilst other styles have only just recently come about. The style of window you choose depends on your needs and the existing design of your property. Some window styles go well with period buildings, for example, whilst others are more suitable for modern premises. So you have to think about this as well.
Casement windows have been a very popular window style in the UK since the early part of the 20th century, even before. You can opt for casement windows with different formats, such as large casement windows, split casement windows, and more. Large casement windows are the least expensive option you have, so they are ideal if you are on a limited budget. You can also opt for split casement windows that are perfect for a property with a ‘cottage’ or ‘country’ theme, or smaller casement windows also referred to as Georgian style windows.
There are a wide variety of casement window styles to choose from, as mentioned. For instance, you can opt for side-hung casement windows, which are hinged at one side so you can easily open the window. Another option is a top-light casement window, which is distinguished by a fixed glass pane that is divided or separated from a narrower, hinged pane on the top. There is also a top-hung casement window, which looks similar to an awning and is hinged at its top as well. This type of casement window is ideal for areas that experience plenty of rain. A bottom-hung casement window, on the other hand, is hinged at its bottom part, and is often used in cellars.
Sash windows have also been a convenient choice for many property owners, and this window style is still extremely popular today, particularly with properties with a period design, such as Victorian or Georgian style properties. Sash windows do not often come in a standard size, but are usually expressly made to fit with your property’s own measurements, so you can expect a bespoke service with these.
Tilt and turn windows
Another type of window that is more popular today is the tilt and turn window, which opens into the interior of a property and goes well with a modern-themed building design. The tilt feature offers more ventilation yet does not compromise security. Tilt and turn windows are also often bespoke, so you have to keep this in mind as well.