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Which type of window is right for you?

Deciding on windows for your home is an important task. There are lots of things you’ll need to consider – at the very least, the windows will need to provide enough light, be the right size, and fit the appearance of your home. As Ronique Gibson argues, “If you have been looking for ways to brighten your interiors, look to your windows.” There are many options available on the market so it’s important to do your research. Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular choices.

Fixed windows

Fixed windows are often rectangular or square, and generally simple in design. Their name comes from the fact that they do not open. Their main purpose is simply to let light into a room. Their appearance has also earned them the nickname ‘picture windows’. An obvious downside to these windows is that they don’t offer a source of fresh air. You’ll also have a limited view, as you won’t be able to open the window, to look out.

Having said this, their neat, minimalist appearance will look great on new or modern properties. Fixed windows are a good option for smaller spaces such as bathrooms or stairways.

Bay windows

Bay windows are formed of three or more panels, which create a 3D window area. In most cases, some of the panels will open, whilst others remain fixed. Bay windows are a great option if a good view is your priority. Their shape will allow you to see out from a variety of angles, compared with fixed windows.

This type of window is also great for opening up smaller spaces. The interior space provides a nice area for reading or enjoying a cup of coffee as you watch the world go by.

The bay window is also a good option for homes designed in a Victorian architectural style. With a traditional, elegant feel, they’ve become a popular choice for many homes.

Sash windows

Sash windows are constructed from two or more rectangular panels. A single hung sash features two panels, one of which can slide up, in front of the other. A double hung sash features two panels which both move, overlapping each other. Both styles are popular amongst Victorian and Edwardian architecture.

Having said this, their simple design means they work well in most styles of home. They can also be scaled up or down, to fit the size of your house. If you like to keep your windows open during the day, a double hung sash might be a good option to consider.

French windows

French windows feature large, floor-to-ceiling panes. Most often these form a combination of fixed windows, with two central doors. French windows are commonly used for accessing the garden or conservatory. More contemporary designs might feature sliding or concertina doors, instead of traditional hinged doors. This type of window has become very popular in homes throughout the UK. During the summer months, these are a great way of letting plenty of fresh air into your home. If you enjoy using your garden or patio during the summer, a set of French windows could be a great option for you.     

We hope you found this article helpful. For more inspiration, visit our windows gallery here.