If you’re planning to replace your old windows, things can start to get confusing when you start looking at what’s available today. On the market there are so many different window styles, different materials, a wide range of colors, low emissivity glass, toughened glass, and so on, that means it can be difficult to make the right decision. Visit us for great deals in windows and doors.

Looking at the different styles of windows, casement windows. Usually these are hinged on the sides, but can also be hinged on the top or bottom. The top and bottom hinged windows are sometimes referred to as the windows of the awning or hopper. Casement windows usually open outward, but a hopper window should open inward, technically speaking.

Next are the windows of the tilt and turn. These hinges open in the room on the side. They also have bottom hinges, however, and the side hinges are disengaged by moving the window handle to a different position, and the bottom hinges are engaged in such a way that the window now opens up from the top. This can be a useful feature if you only want a small amount of fresh air to enter the room, as you can set the window to one of half a dozen positions.

Another great feature of tilt and turn windows is that a window cleaner will never be needed again. You can clean the outside in your room because they open inside the side hinges. Some people may find, however, that in a small room they take up too much space. In addition, if you have a window over a kitchen desktop, it should be cleaned before you can open the window in turn mode inwards. Because they open a full 90 °, in the event of a fire, tilt and turn windows provide a great way to escape, but can also be a danger to a child that can easily climb out.

There can be single hung sliding sash doors, where one sash moves-usually the bottom-or double hung where both sashes move. Very often, these are an older type made of wood. If you live in a conservation area or a listed building, you need to check with your local council before replacing them, as you may not be allowed to change the style into, say, a casement window. If you go anyway, you might be subject to a fine of 5,000 and have the original sash windows removed.

French windows are another choice. These work in the same way as French doors open outward and do not have a central pillar, so let in maximum light and air.

Another option is the bow or bay windows. There are usually three glass panes in a bay window-a large central picture window and two opening side windows. There are four or five panes of glass in a bow window. The structure of a bay window is angular, and a bow window is curved. You could also put a bow window at a building’s corner, giving a nook inside the room and a view from two sides of the house.

As for materials, uPVC windows are the most common today because they are very practical and durable, require virtually no maintenance, and are generally less expensive than other materials. You can have timber windows as well, however, and many people replace sash windows such as timber opt. Timber, however, requires maintenance and, if a wood grain is finished, will need to be repainted from time to time or stained.

Aluminum windows are becoming increasingly popular as they are very robust and long-lasting and have thin frames, leaving more light in a room. They are, however, a better option than uPVC.