Most elements in a home have come and gone, and some are only trendy for a season, and they disappear. But alongside this, some elements stand the test of time – and windows are one of them. Many window styles have become iconic for many historic buildings and properties in the UK, and their appeal is such that they are still as popular today as the first time they were introduced! So if you are building a home or refurbishing one, you know full well that you have plenty of choices for windows, depending on your budget and preference. But some styles are more common than most – so without further ado, here are the five most commonly used and seen window styles in the United Kingdom today.
Everyone is familiar with the casement window – for all we know, you may even have grown up in a house with casement windows! Almost every street has them, and they are typically opened outwards and have side hinges, although some have top hinges. The beauty of casement windows is that they are a breeze to operate and are immensely versatile. For instance, it’s not a problem to have a mix-and-match design of casement windows with top hinges (top hung) placed above casement windows with side hinges (also known as side hung).
Many homeowners also choose to restore old casement windows rather than replace them, especially if they are Crittall windows, which are the windows of choice – and for this, they often seek the assistance of Crittall replacement specialists.
- Tilt & Turn
Another popular window style, though not as old and classic as casement and sash windows, is tilt & turn windows. They are quite similar in style and design to casement windows – the only difference being that they open inwards. In fact, you can operate them in two distinct ways: first, they tilt from the top, and next, you can turn their handle and pull the frame towards you. Another reason for their popularity is that it’s easy to clean them, and they are an excellent hybrid style.
Sash windows are still very popular for the traditional abode, particularly for listed buildings. They are comprised of two sections of a window in which one moves behind the other vertically. If only one portion is fixed, it’s referred to as single-hung, but if both portions move, it is referred to as double-hung.
Additionally, you can choose sash windows with astragals or mullions. These are thin strips that separate the pane into smaller frames. Keep in mind that sash windows are often the costliest style of windows you can find because they come with complex mechanisms for operation, but most buildings that are conserved or listed buildings have them as a requirement.
Another relatively modern addition is the slider, comparable to a sliding door. They are comprised of two portions or sections sliding behind each other on a track, and you can choose both moving sides or only one moving side.
- Bow and bay windows
These windows are also fairly common in the UK, particularly for homes wanting extra space or a good outdoor view. Typically, it is a series of panes that form an angle from a room’s wall and offer a brilliant way to add light and depth to a room.