How To Choose The Right Windows For Your HomeJason Siddall
From earliest times, we humans have needed light. Even when our dwellings were just simple, crude structures, we needed openings to let light and air in. Light meant we could see better, which in turn meant we could perform tasks better. It also helped us stay in sync with the natural cycle of the day and night – something which, although we didn’t know it back then, was vital to our emotional and physical health and well-being. The evolution of windows from those crude, early attempts to what we know today, is an integral part of the history and development of architecture.
From the 13th Century BC, when windows were unglazed openings in a roof, to the first use of window glass by the Romans in 100AD, to the multitude of modern designs we have today, windows have been an essential part of the homes we live in.
Today, whether you’re renovating your existing home, building a new one from scratch, or simply replacing the windows you already have, choosing the right windows for your home can be a daunting and confusing task. To help you make sense of all the choices about size, style, function, hardware, frame material and assembly, we’ve put together this easy-to-understand guide to help you make the right choice.
What Are The Most Popular Window Styles?
There are many window styles to choose from, and ultimately, your choice depends on a number of factors, such as your budget, personal taste, and the architectural style of your home. But there are a few window styles that fit perfectly into all homes, so are always a reliable, functional and attractive option.
These are usually made up of one fixed panel of glass, and one or more moving panels. They are ideal for smaller rooms, such as kitchens, utility rooms, bathrooms and guest toilets. There are three main types of sliding windows: Horizontal, Vertical and Folding.
Many people find horizontal sliding windows easier to open than a crank-style window. This is because they open with a sliding action, either to the left or right, that makes it simple and effortless to let in fresh air and natural light. These types of windows are ideal for rooms that face onto verandahs, porches and patios, or onto walkways or passages. The reason for this is because they open without protruding to the outside. They are available in a single slider, in which only one sash slides to open, or a double-sider, where both sashes open. This is a great option for increasing the air circulation into a room.
Vertical sliding windows are perfect if you want to maintain the timeless look of a traditional Georgian or Regency sash window, but with all the energy efficiency and other benefits that come with modern design. This is one of the fastest-growing window style choices because of the effortless way it combines classic looks with excellent thermal and security properties.
Vertical sliding windows open flush, meaning there is no protrusion into or out of the building. This makes them popular choices not only for homes but also for schools and hospitals.
Sliding folding windows are a great way to maximise natural light, views and airflow. They fold away neatly, creating an exceptional open space that’s guaranteed to add value to any property. For added convenience, these windows have a wide choice of opening configurations. They can fold either internally, or externally, for example, and you can decide in which order the panes will open. This allows you to choose whether you want a single or double-folding window, depending on the design of the room concerned.
These are probably the most popular and common types of windows as they suit most architectural styles, from traditional to modern. Casement windows have a single sash attached to the frame on one side with a hinge, or hinges. The window opens (usually outwards) exactly like a door. This means you do need to consider the placement of these windows. If you have to walk past windows to get from the car to the front door, for example, it might be better to use sliding windows.
Once you’ve chosen the windows you’d like for your home, there are other decisions to be made as well, including the type of glazing you want, and the type of frame. To help you make these, and other, important decisions, why not consult one of the friendly experts at Origin? They’re standing by to help.