We explain your window frame materials and window styles choices.
Step one: What style of window do you want?
If you are replacing like for like, then you may want to go with the type of window that was previously in place as houses are usually built with windows that suit the property. However, it could be that in the past the old windows were replaced with something you don’t like, so you’d like to replace them with something, in your view, more suitable.
Sash is coming back in fashion
In the 70s, it was popular to replace sash windows with casement windows, often with only one small opening at the top. This was not always a good move. Sash windows are typically common in period buildings but also in newer builds. They cause the least interference with the outside of a room. Open casement windows on the ground floor can be a hazard, for example. The open top sash lets in fresh air without too much of a breeze and the windows are easy to adjust. Wooden sash windows with heavy weights can be replaced with aluminium. You achieve the same benefits, but they are practically maintenance-free. You can also have uPVC sash windows.
Casement is the most usual style of window. There are various configurations, one of the most popular being two openers either side with a fanlight in the middle at the top. We are happy to advise on the best for your home.
Tilt and turn windows, good for large spaces and modern builds are very popular on the Continent and some people like them here, too. They have two ways of opening, hence their name, one of which enables the window to be left open slightly but secure. They are also designed so the outside of the glass can be easily reached for cleaning.
Step two: what window frame material do you prefer?
uPVC has largely replaced wood as it’s hard-wearing and does not rot. Also, you don’t have the hassle of repainting and general maintenance. Apart from wiping down to remove any algae and dust, uPVC windows are practically maintenance-free. They also help to give your home a fresh, clean look.
Aluminium is light and comes in a variety of colours. It is strong so can support windows in slimmer frames, so you have better sightlines. In regular parlance that means you can see more through your window and more light comes in. In addition, it’s possible to have larger panes of glass; other materials can’t hold the weight of the glass. They also come in a range of colours – not just ‘silver’ – like rich mahogany or golden oak to contrast with your brickwork or complement it. As with uPVC, they are easy to maintain and can be just occasionally wiped down.
Step three: Get in touch with Hamilton Windows
Now you have had a think about window frame materials and window styles, we will be happy to answer any other questions you may have, arrange a survey and get those uPVC or aluminium windows you need on order. You can read more details about the process here.