One of the important elements of a building are windows. And when it comes to your home, making the right choice contributes to the aesthetics and general character that you want to project. Indeed, there are a number of options to choose from. Whatever window style you opt for, or material type you favour, considering the pros and cons can help you decide which one fits the overall style of your home.
WHAT TO CONSIDER
Depending on the look you are trying to achieve with your new or renovated building, your choice of windows will add to the definition and character of your building.
You have to select which window style and frame material best suits you. Sash or casement windows; roof or French windows, you would have to consider which one to pick, for your period-styled or modern building.
The frame material is also important. There are three main options for frames: wood, PVC-U and metal. Wood is usually the traditionalist’s choice and provides you with an option that combines environmental friendly quality with an appealing look and good insulation. With PVC-U frames, you have a low maintenance option. Metal frames, whether aluminium, steel, cast iron or architectural bronze, have the advantage of being very strong.
You will also need to consider if you would prefer double-glazing or triple glazing when selecting the glass to use.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Fundamentally, it is essential to know the available options and be conversant with the pros and cons, in order to make a suitable choice.
- Plastic (PVC-U) windows are usually the cheapest, as compared to others; although cost varies based on quality. They are, however, not easily repaired.
- Hardwood windows have a long lifespan and goes beautifully with your traditional style home, but costa lot.
- If you are looking for a low-maintenance option, then you want to consider composite windows. Although, they are a little expensive.
- Softwood windows still give you that timber look, but may require repainting from time to time.
- And for a low maintenance option for your contemporary homes, you should opt for metal or fibreglass.
STYLE SAYS IT ALL
As far as choosing the right window for your home goes, the style says a lot; and there is a variety to choose from.
Sash windows are perfect for your Georgian Victorian and Edwardian houses. They are also versatile because, although you can choose from traditional sash styles, there are modern versions. Sashes or vertical sliders, where the window slides up and down to open, are either operated by a weight and pulley system, or a sliding sash system with sliders in the case of more modern ones. Sashes have a way of adding a touch of elegance to your home.
Casement windows are also a very popular, functional and affordable choice. It gives a very modern aesthetic look with a traditional feel about it, while providing great security and energy efficiency.
In a nut shell, you should be considering a window option that combines both aesthetics, utility and security.