Replacing the windows and doors on your home can be an expensive procedure. Most home owners will not change their windows unless they really have to, when their old windows are just not up to the job anymore. It is recommended windows are changed every 8 years but when you get to this point for your home what are the options available to you.
Replacing your windows doesn’t have to be a straight swap like-for-like. There are so many different styles of window available these days, each bringing a different style and functionality to your home. Choosing new windows is no longer just a case of comparing prices from double glazing companies for the same, standard window frames. Now you have a range to choose from, which could help improve the overall appearance of your home and add that little extra curb appeal. The different styles can bring a host of new functionality to your windows too, changing the way you use your windows and think about the security of your home.
So let’s look at some of the most popular window styles available…
Casement windows are known as the “standard” style of window. They are side hinged and open outwards with the use of handles. These have always been one of the most popular styles of window and can be seen on houses all over the world. The casement style is simple and effective and this is what makes them so popular. Modern casement windows are now made of uPVC materials with double glazing or even triple glazed glass fitted for ultimate energy efficiency.
Tilt & Turn Windows
Tilt & Turn Windows have two different ways of opening. This additional usability makes them a very popular choice amongst home owners around the world. To start with, you can open your window in a more standard way, opening the window outwards in the same way you would use a casement window. This is the “Turn method”. What makes this style of window great is the addition of the “Tilt”. An extra set of hinges allows you to simply tilt the window inwards. This lets you open up your home to some lovely fresh air, whilst still maintaining a level of security, with the window not open enough to allow any access to your home. This can be seen as a great security feature and it is this additional usability that makes them so popular.
Flush Sash Windows
Flush Sash Windows are gaining popularity quickly and you can see why. They look stunning. If you are looking to add some extra curb appeal to your property, this could be a great place to start. The flush sash windows are exactly as the name describes. The windows sash is completely flush to the frame, giving a very sleek and stylish look. The openers close inside of the frame, keeping them completely hidden from view. Many home owners with a more traditional style are turning to this style of window, to keep with the classic style of their home whilst adding a modern twist.
Sliding Sash Windows
The name is pretty self-explanatory here, but these windows have huge popularity. As the name suggests, rather than swinging open, the window sash slides up to allow plenty of fresh air into your home. The sliding sash windows can give a very classic look and feel to a home, whilst the modern versions of these windows still come with double glazing or triple glazed glass and can be made of uPVC to provide all the benefits of a modern window with the traditional style and charm.
Plant-on Bay Windows
Previously, if you wanted to have a nice bay window on your home you would need to have this built into the wall. A plant-on bay window solves this problem. Plant-on bay windows give you all the look and style of a bay window from the outside without the additional building work required to fit an actual bay. Instead of the wall being built out from the home to support the window, the new bay window is built out onto a supported level which gives all the stunning appearance of a bay window at a fraction of the price. It is this ease of installation and lower cost that makes the plant-on bay windows a very popular choice.
As you can see from the above there are so many choices available to you. Whether you are looking to give a whole new style to your property or simply opt for a new way of opening your windows for added security, there is something available for everyone. Martin Golloghy from Fitter Windows tells us “Every home is different and every homeowner has different needs and requirements. There are different styles of windows to suit every home and all good double glazing companies would be able to walk you through the different options to get the perfect fit for you home”. This is good advice, so visit your local double glazing company or have a search online and discover the perfect fit for your home.