Choosing the right window for your home impacts several factors. It plays a significant role in the exterior appeal of a property. In turn, with up to 30% of residential heat being lost through windows, the right option will improve energy efficiency. With technology advancing continuously, the range of windows available to you is ever-expanding. Understanding the most suitable for your needs will result in a good return on investment and windows that will last for many years to come. Read on for our guide to window styles.

What to Consider?

When we work with any customers on their windows, one of the first things we do is discover their preferences.

  • What is their preferred style? Are they drawn to classical architecture or modern designs?
  • Does energy efficiency take precedence?
  • Are they choosing an entirely new window style where planning permission may be required?
  • What is their budget? Will this accommodate all of the windows they want replacing or do we need to be selective?

Windows vary significantly in price and look. Equally, upgrading windows can have an impact on the usability of a room. It can enhance the amount of natural light that gets in, changing the feel of a room instantly. Additionally, new windows can eliminate draughts that normally would have driven you out of a specific room.

Window Frame Material Options

UPVC Windows

Also known as Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride windows, UPVC windows are one of the most popular options on the market. This material has taken the place of wood in window frames, offering lower maintenance and a more durable alternative. UPVC windows are a common choice for property renovations as they can easily replace single-glazed windows that offer no thermal protection. These frames are:

  • Strong.
  • Highly Resistant to Chemicals.
  • Highly Resistant to Sunlight.
  • Highly Resistant to Oxidation by Water.
  • Low-Cost.
  • Low-Maintenance.
  • Thermally Efficient.
  • Modern in Design.
  • Versatile.

Using modern technology, UPVC window frames can be finished to look as warm as wood. They come in a wide variety of colours and finishes, making them suited to modern and period properties alike. And, the fact that they’re low-maintenance ensures they’ll look great today and in many years to come. A simple wipe down with a damp cloth to eliminate build-up is enough to keep your windows looking their best.

Cost
The cost of replacing UPVC blinds depends on a number of factors, including how many new frames are needed and the quality chosen. On average, adding new windows to a 3-bedroom property with double glazing and UPVC frames will cost within the region of £3,000 to £5,000. As you will see from the other options listed below, this makes them one of the cheapest and most long-lasting choices available.

Aluminium Windows

For a contemporary look, many homeowners opt for aluminium windows. These can be manufactured with very slim sightlines or a fully frameless appearance. This makes them ideal for letting as much light flood in as possible. With a larger glass surface area and powder-coating frames, you get exceptional durability and a long-lasting finish. Some benefits of aluminium windows include:

  • Highly Durable.
  • Energy-Efficient.
  • Can Last up to 40 Years.
  • Low-Maintenance.
  • Suitable for a Range of Design Specifications.
  • Eco-Friendly.

Aluminium window frames are available in a range of different colours, although this isn’t as wide as UPVC alternatives. In some cases, the colour choices can be more limited, however, there are options to suit most homes available on the market.

Cost
On average, aluminium window frames are around 20% more expensive than UPVC windows. On average, they cost around £8,000 to £18,000, depending on your needs and requirements. The investment is worth it though as these blinds are sure to last your family for many years to come, even in fluctuating weather conditions.

Wooden Window Frames

For the full traditional look, some households prefer wooden window frames. These are available in both soft and hardwood options. You get a unique feel with wooden blinds, one that has the benefit of handcrafted beauty and an essence of luxury about it. For some properties, especially those period ones, there is a requirement to replace windows like-for-like. This is where wooden window frames come into play effortlessly. Wooden window frames are:

  • Tactile and Highly Detailed.
  • Can Be Stained and Painted.
  • Can Be Used in Both Modern and Traditional-Style Homes.
  • Can Have Either a Tight or Loose Grain.

There is an undeniable allure about wooden blinds but it’s important to remember that they require much more maintenance than UPVC or aluminium alternatives. If you choose to paint or stain them, they will require re-treating every few years. Additionally, they generally require on-site glazing which carries the risk of failure.

Costs

Another thing to consider with wooden blinds is the price implication. Hardwood window frames, for example, can cost you up to £20,000 while softwood options have an upper price bracket of around £15,000. You can reduce this cost by having them made on site.

Styles of Windows

The next thing to consider is the style of window you want in your home. For some, this will be dictated by what is already featured. However, new builds and renovations have more freedom with their design.

Casement Windows

The most traditional and classic options are casement windows. This is where part of the window opens with the use of a hinge. They have long been a popular option in the UK due to their cost-effectiveness and ample ventilation. These windows can be hung in a variety of ways from side hung and top light through to sliding folding and centre hinge.

Sash Windows

A classic style found on Victorian and Edwardian homes, sash windows are a traditional architectural addition to any property. They feature individual sashes (glass panels) that slide over each other to open up. This type of window is having a resurgence as of late with our obsession with bringing back classic styles.

Roof Windows/Skylights

As the name suggests, these windows sit in a roof to allow optimal light in. They are generally found in extensions or loft conversions and open either outwards or inwards, depending on the brand. Within roof windows, you can find skylights, roof lights and roof lanterns – all with their own benefits and suitabilities.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are often favoured for their ability to let in more light and create a larger-looking internal space. They are formed into the building, rising in popularity during the Victorian period and are now popular with new builds. There are three different types of bay window – Canted, Bow and Oriel.

The right type of window for your needs depends on the building you’re working with, relevant planning permissions and your budget. Our team here at Castle Home Improvements have a wealth of experience installing windows in Bridgwater, Taunton and the surrounding areas. With a specialism in modern UPVC windows and glass conservatories, we can help you find the most cost-effective and suitable solution.

Get in contact today if you require additional information or support.