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A Brief Look At Some Of The Common Designs Of Windows

By Author: Lewis Adair
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Double glazed windows come in a wide range of styles and designs. One of the most common window styles is the casement window, which are some of the least expensive to install, but you can also have French casement windows.

Then there are tilt and turn windows, bay windows, bow windows, and sliding sash windows, among many other designs. If you have a single storey room or another room that is too dark, you could also add roof windows to create much more light.

A casement window is a simple window with the hinges on one side attached to the frame. In order to open the window, you simply swing it out. The hinges can be fixed on either side, in order to open the window in the direction that you prefer.

The hinges can also be fixed to the top or the bottom of the window, so the window swings open from the top or bottom accordingly. Casement windows are one of the oldest designs, and still very popular. They used to be fitted to a stone or wood frame, but today they are available in uPVC, aluminium, and wood also. Because of thid and their very simple design, they are extremely affordable.

You can also have a French casement window. In years gone by, casement windows only had one sash or opening window which was attached to one side (or top or bottom), but with French casement windows you have two sashes, one on each side. When they are closed, their swinging ends meet in the middle. You can open one of them or both of them, as you wish. They would meet at a vertical pillar in the centre of the frame, which is known as a mullion.

However, today, the static pillar has been replaced with the flying mullion and is fixed to the slave sash. This means that you can open the master sash on its own, or if you want both sashes open the flying mullion swings out with the save sash's leading edge. So you have no pillar in the middle of the open space. This improves visibility and is also of benefit if you need to escape from a fire since there is a very large opening.

Of all the types of window, casement windows are the most economic, so if you are on a limited budget, they would be ideal which is why they are the popular choice. Furthermore, because the style is so simple, it performs smoothly for years because of its' basic mechanism.

Sliding sash windows are another popular choice, but more expensive than casement windows. These have two sashes, the lower one of which slides up and down attached to weights concealed in the window framework by ropes or wires over a roller at the top. The top part is a fixed sash and the lower one slides upwards behind it when opened. Many traditional sliding sash windows sport Georgian bars which are the crossbars on windows that split the glass up into smaller individual panes.

However, if you have a heritage or listed building, it will likely be a requirement that you have sliding sash windows fitted, especially if you are installing double glazing. They also have the benefit of not taking up much space, so are useful in a situation where an opening casement window might block a narrow pathway.

Among other double glazing windows and doors in Essex, are tilt and turn window, which as the name implies, open in two ways...

They can be fully opened into the room on hinges attached to one side, and they can also be tilted open from the top. They can tilt into one of around half a dozen positions to let in a minimum amount of fresh air on windy days, and on hot days tilt them further to let in more fresh air. When they areclosed the locking mechanism kicks in and depending which way you turn the handle, it can be opened a ful 90° into the room, instead of outwards like a casement window. This means that you have maximum fresh air, and you can also clean the outside of the glass from inside the room, so you will never need a window cleaner again!

Sovereign Home Improvements provides double glazing for windows and doors in Essex in any type of design that is required. Frames can be of uPVC, aluminium, or wood, and can be supplied in a wide choice of colours.

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