Everything you need to know about the most popular types of windows

A window is just a window, right? Not quite. It helps to have a good understanding of the most common and widely used window types to ensure the best choice for your home or commercial property. Over the years, many different types of windows have become common in the UK for a range of architectural designs or uses, so let’s take a look.

Double hung

A classic sight in traditional-styled homes and hotels across the land, the double hung gives great satisfaction when pulling up to open on a bright, sunny morning. Sashes open and close on tracks and enable maximum light to flow through the room. These are usually fairly low in cost, easy to keep clean and widely available. On the downside, they have been known to increase the risk of break-in or prove to be a hazard for children, particularly those that are upstairs and easily opened. Seek advice on best usage via industry authorities such as https://www.fensa.org.uk/homeowner-advice.

Casement

This is the hinged window that most people will have come across before. Pivoting like a door, these are another very common window style, offering improved energy efficiency due to a tighter seal to the frame, and they can be the perfect window on a hot day to bring all that fresh air in to the room. They do occasionally fall foul of high winds pulling them wider than intended, and the mechanisms will require some maintenance over the years.

 

Rotate a casement window 90 degrees, and you will have an awning window. Opening from the bottom, these are commonly used in areas used to wet weather. When it comes to conservatories Tewkesbury is the perfect example of such a location, and specialists such as firmfix.co.uk/conservatories can offer advice on the best choices to make.

Sash

Sashes can be identified by a number of smaller panes separated by muntins (vertical and horizontal dividers) or larger single panes. Modern manufacturers will simply fix a grid of muntins over a single pane, which is much easier and cheaper to make. These offer a classic, timeless look to any building, with convenient and affordable options. Over time, however, muntins may require attention as they come away from the glass, and the modern faux version can lack authenticity.