What types of windows are there to choose from?
it’s important to remember that we install windows
in order to bring natural light and fresh air into our homes,
as well as a pretty aesthetic, but choosing the right style of frame
will want to choose a style of window that fits with the age and
design of your house and while there are a host of different options,
the most common include:
– attached to their frames with one or more set of hinges, which
allow for easy opening. These are commonly made from wood or uPVC.
– aesthetically, these windows look like doors and will either
slide or ‘fold’ open. Often installed to open out onto a patio,
weatherproof plastic is the most common material to create these in
now, though wooden varieties are also popular.
– commonly found in period homes, these are usually made from wood
and offer a smooth vertical sliding mechanism. Thought to be amongst
the prettiest styles available, uPVC alternatives are on offer too,
but less common.
/ Bow – often featuring three panes of glass, these windows have
been designed to accommodate a protruding façade, with sweeping
lines and in-keeping style. These are most commonly made from wood,
as bow or bay extensions are common to period homes.
also worth remembering that where you are in the world will directly
impact on the styles of windows that you can freely choose from. Fro
example, in the UK, you’ll find that sash and casement windows are
very common, whereas in the east, paper windows with wooden frames
are far more the norm.
much time does it take to install windows?
you assume that you need to totally replace your windows, it will be
worth you asking a professional to come and assess your existing
panes. If the glass is in tact, you might need to simply repair the
frames, which will be far more cost-effective.
you are sourcing replacement windows for energy efficiency purposes,
you should expect to be waiting between 3-4 weeks for your new
windows to arrive, from the point of submitting your recess
measurements. You will not need to remove your existing windows to
take the measurements. Some DIY enthusiasts fit their own windows,
but if you are a novice, we recommend finding a team of professional
window fitters to tackle this for you.
most important thing to ensure, during window fitting, is that your
glass is protected, as a shattered pane will be a costly and
time-consuming issue to fix.
accessories can finish my new windows perfectly?
your home, curtains, blinds and shutters all make for beautiful window accessories. Which option you choose
will entirely depend on your own tastes and the style of windows that
you have installed. For example, tall, elegant French windows will
always look incredible when finished with shutters, whereas bay
windows naturally work well with fabric or wooden blinds.
the outside, you might think that your windows speak for themselves,
but a few pretty window boxes, well maintained frames and even
colourful sills will all add to the finished look in a stunning g
different rooms need different window dressings?
your window dressings wisely, as they can either finish or ruin a
room! The following rules of thumb work well:
– these spaces need to be bright and fresh during the day, but
dark and private at night. To this end, blinds work very well,
especially with a blackout material backing. Blinds maintain good
airflow as well, which will air out any stale odours.
and kitchens – given how prone these spaces are to moisture, you
need to choose a window dressing that is easy to clean and maintain.
Natural wood blinds and shutter are a good choice, as are plastic
spaces, such as living rooms – curtains will most definitely be
the best option for cosy living rooms, as they help to keep in the
heat in winter and can ad a summery vibe in the sunnier months. It
is a good idea to have at east two sets of curtains that you rotate,
according to the season.
I need to maintain my windows?
order to extend the lifespan of your windows, stay on top of your
energy bills and ensure that your home looks as good as it can from
the outside, you absolutely need to commit to a schedule of
maintenance. Things to consider are:
cleaning sessions. We recommend a good clean at least once every two
weeks, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional window
cleaner to come and do the job for you, inside and out.
any and all woodwork regularly painted and maintained, to prevent
rot from creeping in and leaving your glazing planes at risk of
your windows regularly inspected for cracked or broken panes, but
also check all locks and latches and for moisture content in between
your glazing panels. If you spot a problem, you should have your window fitter deal with it quickly, so as to minimise costs and upheaval.