Demystifying The Different Window Styles Available
It’s difficult to know where to start when choosing new replacement windows for your home as there’s such a plethora of window styles available nowadays.
Some window styles suit certain properties more so than others and it can be overwhelming trying to decide which design will suit the architectural style of the house and offer the desired functionality.
Your essential window guide
It helps to have an understanding of the various window styles typically found in the showrooms of home improvement specialists so you can make a more informed decision.
Sash windows have been around since the late 17th Century and are renowned for providing excellent ventilation.
Typically found in Georgian and Victorian residences, the “sash” in a sash window refers to the movable panel/s that can be moved up and down or left and right.
The “sliding” sash window is a variant of the original sash design that consists of two sashes that glide up and down, one behind the other.
Offering a generous outward opening, Casement windows are connected to the frame via a single side hinge and operated with a crank, lever or cam handle at the bottom.
Dating back to the 18th Century, you can swing the entire window open, more so than most other window types, to get the most amazing internal view of the outdoors.
Tilt & Turn Window
Unsurprisingly, all it takes is a tilt and a turn with a Tilt & Turn window – a tilt to open the top sash inwards, and a turn to create an inward opening.
It gives you options and being able to tilt the window inwardly makes cleaning the frames possible from the inside of the house.
Single or Double Hung Window
A single hung window has a fixed top sash and operable bottom sash that moves up and down, whereas on a double hung window you can move both sashes up and down.
Double hung windows will cost more than single hung windows, but the tilt-out or removable sashes make cleaning easy and can offer maximum ventilation.
Replacing traditional timber windows can be difficult, particularly when they’re integrated into a listed building or home situated within a conservation area.
Heritage windows are a contemporary update of the classic wooden window with all the same period charm and character. The main difference is that although they look like wood, they provide greater thermal efficiency, security and need a fraction of the maintenance to retain their appearance and performance.
Many of these window styles can be found within Clearview’s extensive window range. Give us a call or visit one of our 3 showrooms for window buying assistance from an experienced window consultant.