Windows come in a variety of styles, with each style better suited for different properties.
The question is which one is right for your property?
Sharon Wright is a director at David H Wright Joinery for over 29 years and has a keen eye for which window that one should choose or indeed, not choose!!
Sharon told us… “There are several considerations to take when planning a new window. You have to think about the age of the building. Heritage properties are better suited to traditional sash windows and in some cases they are the only option if your property is listed. Modern apartments, on the other hand, better suit casement windows. Both styles can be made in sustainable timber with a variety of finishes.”
This is one of the most popular windows that we produce at David H Wright Joinery and can be the perfect fit for period properties. Sash windows generally open vertically either up or down, and use balancers to counter the sash weight. Sash windows come in a variety of styles, with the window panes remaining inside the frame.
- Double hung – where both the top and bottom half of the window can slide open, depending on your preference. Only one sash can be opened at a time though.
- Single Hung – Just one sash will slide open, a good option for those wanting the period feature whilst retaining some simplicity to the design.
- Sliding – These are similar to patio doors, where the sashes slide sideward rather than vertically. Ideal for breezeways.
We find that another popular alternative window style is casement windows, these are the ones that open outwards, or inwards. They are perfect for over the kitchen sink or hard to reach areas, due to being operated by the turn of a crank. Casement windows are the ones that open the widest therefore allowing plenty of ventilation, yet are sealed tightly when closed.
Sharon and her team suggest, “When picking casement windows, couple them with a timber such as Accoya® wood to guarantee a long lasting, economical window style that will survive exposure to the elements. Casement windows are good protectors against the wet and windy weather, even if you wish to open them a little for fresh air.”
Bay windows always look lovely from inside and out on a variety of properties; allowing light to enter from different angles. They can be used to create a window seating area in living rooms and kitchens and are perfect for adding dimension to a flat wall. You can fit a bay window with a casement window, or an awning window – where the sash opens near the top (sometimes the bottom) away from the frame, creating an awning type effect.
Transom and Picture Window
David Wright told us that these window styles are not often heard but maybe recognised from down the side of a front door, or patio doors. Transom windows are the narrow windows that are mounted above or beside a door and window to allow in extra light. These can be fitted to be opened, or fitted stationary. Picture windows are those large panes of glass fitted where an opening window is not needed, or in a large room wanting additional light. Perfectly suited when you are cosy in your home, but want to be watching the snow fall during winter.
Roof Windows and Skylights
David H Wright Joinery use these kinds of windows a great deal, especially in orangeries and conservatories. They are perfect for tight spaces, or small extensions. These windows allow the light to shine into a room, without letting in the rain. They will open from the bottom, with some skylights fitted to tilt depending on the level of ventilation you want. Skylights can be fitted with pre-installed blinds between the panes to save trying to cover them with traditional curtains and blinds.
Sharon commented, “The type of window you choose can depend on the type of property you have, period or modern, and the functions you want for that window and the room itself. Not every window will open, and you may want only certain windows to open in a particular way (think of windows in a children’s bedroom where they can reach them, for example).”
If you are looking to update your windows, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the showroom here at David H Wright Joinery and show you the different options available. Our experienced team and will help you create the perfect window plan for your home, and budget.