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The Different Types Of Double Glazed Windows And Doors
When it comes to double glazing there are many different styles of window that you can get. One of the most popular is the casement window. This is a window which has hinges on one side and can be set to open either inwards or outwards as required. You can also have this type of window with hinges fitted at the top, in which case it is called an awning window, or at the bottom when it is called a hopper.
The casement window is a very simple unfussy style and one of the oldest styles. In fact, casement windows are probably still the most popular because their simple design makes them the least expensive.
You can also buy French casement windows where instead of having a single window opening, you have two. The sashes are attached to either sides of the frame and the two windows meet in the middle when closed.
The advantage of French casement windows is that you can open one window or both as you choose. Traditionally, these windows had a mullion or pillar, in the centre, at which the two windows would meet, but today this has been removed as it obstructs the view, and also the window can be used as a fire escape. The central pillar is now fixed on to the slave sash and is referred to as a flying mullion.
Sliding sash windows are a feature of many traditional properties and are either single hung or double hung. A single hung sash window has a fixed sash at the top, while the bottom sash slides up and down. In a double hung sash, both of the sashes slide up and down. Some modern sash windows do have a tilting option, but this is for ease of cleaning.
Tilt and turn windows are another type of double glazing in Essex. These are hinged on one side and open a full 90° inwards to give maximum fresh air. This also makes it very simple to clean the outside of the window. When the window is shut, by turning the handle upwards you can disengage the hinges on the side and engage some hinges on the bottom which then enables you to tilt the window open from the top. This is a very useful feature as it allows you to let in some fresh air on a blustery day without having everything in the room blown about. It is also secure because the window only opens a little way so there is no room for an intruder to squeeze through it.
Meanwhile, Bay and Bow windows protrude outwards from the wall. A bay window is set upon a brick foundation that projects outwards and it usually has three windows, one on each side set at an angle to the wall, with the main window in the centre that runs parallel to the wall. This type of window gives you the impression of being out in your garden and also enables you to see further because you can walk into the bay and look up and down the road through the side windows.
A bow window is a similar style but is set upon a "shelf" rather than a brick base, which is shaped especially for it. A bow window can have five, six, or even seven facets that are set at a gentler angle making the window appear "bow" shaped.
All of these windows can be made from uPVC, timber or aluminium, with uPVC windows being the most popular because they are the least expensive material. uPVC is also used for front doors in Essex, but doors can be made of timber as well, or they can be composite. Solid timber front doors are the most expensive and can be of softwood or hardwood, with hardwood being the more secure. However, the most secure type of door is composite which is made of uPVC with a central core of timber.
Front doors can be produced in a wide range of different colours, and the latest types of door have very high security locks and bolts. They can also have a glazed section at the top which can be of clear glass or could be frosted, patterned, or coloured.
Sovereign Home Improvements can provide double glazing in Essex in any style of your choice using whichever material you wish for the frames. The company also supplies front doors in a choice of uPVC, hardwood, or composite.
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