The world of windows is surprisingly complex.
Naturally, windows come in many shapes and sizes. They can be tailored to exact specifications, but the real complexity lies in their style and function. If you don’t own your own home you’ve probably never given it much thought. When we come to invest in a property these things begin to matter. Particularly when it comes to things like energy efficiency, security and increasing your property’s value. After all, there’s little point in installing new windows and doors if they’re not going to add to your property’s value. You need to make your investment work for you.
The two most popular styles of window on the market today are casement windows and sliding sash windows. Both have their distinct advantages. If you’re looking to install new windows and are struggling to come to a decision, these pointers might help.
Casement windows – when to chose
Casement windows are usually attached to two or more hinges at their sides. This means they can open either inwards or outwards. They are an extremely versatile window that come in a variety of different materials. From timber and oak through to more modern (though less desirably) UPVc. Glazing can be double or even triple in order to maximise energy efficiency. They can be decorated with leaded strips or panelled glass. Casement windows are a great choice for the summer months. They open extremely wide and with a lot of ease. They are held securely in place which makes them very sturdy in the wind. They fit the Georgian style of décor very well. So they are a popular choice in older, period properties. When fitted with the right frame a casement window can really add a lot of character and charm.
Sash Windows – When to chose
Unlike casement windows, sliding sash windows have no hinges. Instead sash windows open with a sliding mechanism. Depending on how they’re built or where they are installed sash windows might slide upwards, downwards or even side to side. Sliding sash windows are a great way to add charm and value to your property. They are often an original feature, one that gets buyers extremely excited. Sash windows can also be double or triple glazed to make them energy efficient. Although when it comes pure energy efficiency a casement window will usually come out on top. One of the best things about sash windows is the level of control you get when opening and closing the window. It is perfectly possible to have your window slightly ajar and lock into place. This allows a draft to come through whilst also keeping your home nice and safe.
If you’re having trouble deciding between a wood casement window or sliding sash window for your property, remember you can get in touch with the experts to receive a FREE quotation. Do not forget to pay attention to the age of your property and the era it was built. If it’s a period home in order to maximise its value.