Popular window styles today: what are your options?
It can always be challenging to decide on the right window style for your property. As it stands, there’s a lot of detailed and quite frankly, a confusing amount of information out there regarding windows. With the sheer number of window options out there, it’s no wonder we can find ourselves confused. If so, do not worry, you’re not the only one. Over the next few minutes, this post will better depict the different styles of windows and provide you with information on popular choices in the UK.
First up, we have casement windows – one of the most popular windows amongst us British folk.
Casement window styles are convenient and are attached to a frame with hinges. Windows of this nature open externally. There are different types of casement windows depending on how they open, but the most popular one is side hung.
The top hung is hinged on the top, preventing rain penetration – much needed here in the UK. When it rains, you don’t have to worry so much about water getting inside.
Casement windows come in a wide variety of colour choices and styles. With such a good choice of colours and stains, including uPVC woodgrain finishes, it’s possible to customise casement windows to match almost any property.
There are often two frame choices when it comes to casement windows:
Ovolo features a classic curve to the frame edge, while Chamfered has straight clean lines for a contemporary feel. Both styles are available in various finishes, including white, light oak, rosewood, Chartwell green, anthracite grey, Irish oak, and ebony black.
Sash windows come in many shapes and sizes. You can choose between horizontal and vertical sliders and double or single hung sash windows.
Single-sash windows are mobile from the bottom sash and will easily slide upwards. This creates excellent airflow through the lower half of the window. Because there is only one moving part, these tend to be cheaper than double-hung windows since they have only one moving part – the bottom section.
On the other hand, double-hung sash windows allow movement from either the top, the bottom, or the middle section. Keeping the bottom one closed is a reasonable safety precaution as it will stop pets or small children from falling through.
Conservation Sliding Sash Windows
Properties in a conservation area will be subject to certain restrictions when it comes to carrying out work and renovation, which means you could be limited with the choice of windows your property can have.
For those fortunate enough to have the pleasure of living in a listed building, you must comply with EH (English Heritage) regulations if you want to modify your home or window. EH preserve critical structural elements from the destruction of a property to modifications.
Be aware; local conservation officers will often apply draconian rules to unlisted properties that fall within a conservation area. You can find more information about this on the planning portal website or ask one of our friendly team.
Logik S Flush Sash Windows
Most uPVC windows come in two styles, as previously mentioned – chamfered or ovolo. All well and good for properties that need to keep their traditional look and wouldn’t suit a more modern finish. But what if you’ve got a taste for more clean, streamlined lines? The Logik S Flush Sash windows are worth a look.
As the name suggests, the frame has a smooth flush finish when closed shut. The result is a modern look that fits contemporary home designs or more traditional homes looking for an upgrade.
Aluminium Window Styles
With aluminium windows, you get a perfect contemporary style and unique frame design with style grooves, available in a range of stylish colours to give your home a sophisticated, modern style.
The slim profile of aluminium frames allows for more light to penetrate your home. The thinner sashes allow for better viewing from the inside and will not be obscured.
For styling options, the frames can be powder coated in any RAL colour, so the opportunities to match the look and style of your home are endless. The standard profile of the aluminium window is 53mm thick, much slimmer than standard uPVC frames.
We’ve explored popular window styles, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Choosing the correct windows for your home is not easy, so our team of experts are here to help make your life as easy as possible. If you’re considering upgrading your windows, Eglaze might have the style you’re after.