The world of windows is surprisingly complex.
Naturally, they come in many shapes and sizes and 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, but 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 and make your investment work for you.
The two most popular styles of window on the market today are casement windows and sliding sash windows and 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.
When to choose casement windows
Casement windows are usually attached two or more hinges at their sides which means they can open either inwards or outwards. They’re 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 and 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 and are held securely in place which makes them very sturdy in the wind. They fit the Georgian style of décor very well so they’re a popular choice in older, period properties and when fitted with the right frame can really ad a lot of character and charm.
When to chose sliding sash windows
Unlike casement windows, sliding sash windows have no hinges and instead open with a sliding mechanism – depending on how they’re build or where they’re installed they 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’re often an original feature, one that get buyers extremely excited. They can also be double or triple glazed to make them energy efficient, though 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’s perfectly possible to have your window slightly ajar and lock into place, allowing 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 always get in touch with the experts to receive a free quotation – don’t forget to pay attention to the age of your property and the era it was built in if it’s a period home in order to maximise its value.