Monday 24 March 2014

A window into the soul: what window design do you prefer?

In today’s world, choice is everything – especially when it comes to our homes. Whether it’s updating the paintwork, replacing the soft furnishings or improving the windows, there are plenty of ways in which you can renovate your home.

For those who want to give their windows a facelift, it’s important to remember there are many different styles for you to choose from. A lot of homeowners make the mistake of thinking a ‘one size fits all’ approach can be taken to these vital fixtures but the truth is there is plenty of variety – as the following list of top window designs shows.

Single hung sash windows

In this type of sash window, only the bottom half opens upwards. The top half of the window remains static and does not move.

Double hung sash windows

Both halves of the window operate independently for more flexibility and versatility. The bottom section can be set in a closed position with the top half open for ventilation; ideal for safety-conscious homeowners who want to let air into their homes without exposing young children or pets to the risk of a fully open window.

Casement windows

This window is hinged at the side so that it opens 90 degrees. This form of opening mechanism is incredibly easy to use and ideal for those who may struggle with the ‘push-and-pull’ required with single or double hung sash windows.

Slide windows

Instead of opening outwards, these windows have multiple window panels which are slid into different positions. In some constructions, all of the panels will have the ability to be re-positioned whereas some slide windows will contain one static panel (similar to the set-up of a single hung window).

Bay and bow windows

Bay windows are made by positioning a set of three window panels 35-45 degree angels from one another to create a curved appearance that forms the exterior profile of the house. These units can be fixed or moveable or a combination of the two.

Bow windows are based on the same idea but their window panels are usually arranged at a smaller 10 degree angle to give a more rounded profile. They can also involve more window panels (three, five, seven or nine).

If you are looking to update the windows in your home then you can find a great range of casement, box and bay sash windows with The Sash Window Workshop.