There is nothing more comforting than sitting inside your home and enjoying a gorgeous view and especially here in the UK, feeling the warm sunlight shining through, helping bring the outdoors, inside. Without a doubt this is one of the biggest purchases in a self-build, extension or renovation and deciding on window styles can make or break your house design. If you are considering changing your current windows, these useful tips for choosing the right style for your home may come in handy.
1. Choose windows that reflect your home’s architectural style
All homes have an architectural design style that makes them unique, and choosing windows that match this design aesthetic is the first step in choosing the right windows. Whether you have a modern and contemporary home that features floor to ceiling glass windows and doors or you have a traditional Tudor style home with classic diamond-shaped mullions. Adhere to your home’s architectural style for guidance for example, both the vertical sliders and sash horn windows are perfect for a Victorian & Georgian feel.
2. Bring colour in
Depending on the colour and style of architecture of your home, you may opt for frames that bring colour to the exterior of your home. Many homeowners choose a colour for the trim of the house and use the same colour for the window frames and doors. Colourful frames can enhance the appearance of your home and the options are infinite. Chartwell Green, Dark Blue and racy Dark Red are always popular at Progress Windows. We do have a wide range of colours in our showroom to save you the time and heartache of choosing.
3. Selecting the right window for the amount of ventilation needed
One of the most essential purposes of a window is to let ventilation and movement of fresh air in and out of your rooms. Deciding which type of window suits your needs will help determine the type of window. From vertical sliders, tilt and turn windows, through to the wonderfully open French casement window and Bay windows. Bay and bow windows add immediate charm to any period property but are often seen on modern houses too, so don’t discount them. They give a wonderful feeling of space inside the room and maximise the amount of light entering the room by the increased number of panes, without compromising on security. Not a window, but if you love the smell of fresh cut grass and an unobstructed view of your garden, bi-fold doors stack neatly out of the way, providing gloriously open access to the garden and an expansive feeling inside. A great idea if you are sprucing up your back garden for summer.
4. Different operable windows for your home
Many homes utilise the classic sash window – which means the moveable portion of the window can move up or down. Tilt and turn windows look great in modern designed homes, providing an ideal solution in rooms where there is restricted space, both inside and outside. Additionally, they have the benefits of noise reduction, low maintenance, safety and security and energy efficiency. Or you can open up your property to the surrounding environment with our beautiful and innovative French Casement windows. With the ability to open these windows to a full 90°, you can be sure of having the best views & ventilation in your home, together with the highest level of window security from Yale. Ensuring your windows are secured with the Yale Shootbolt locking system is vital. Yale even offer a £1000 security guarantee in the unlikely event of a break in.
5. Windows are a great renovation project
While your first thoughts for renovating may turn to your kitchen or bath, don’t forget about replacing old windows. New windows bring increased home value, enhanced safety & security, reduced dust & allergens and improved energy efficiency. All our windows have an A+14 rating; the highest level of energy efficiency. With the improved energy efficiency that new windows bring, you will notice your heating being needed less. This will help lower your energy bills, which means more money for doing the things you love. Your home is your castle. Your comfort zone. It’s the place you live, learn and grow. So don’t overlook replacing windows as an essential renovation project for your home.
We advise you to visit our showroom so you can see potential windows and doors in person. You’ll get a much better idea of the look and feel of a window or door when it’s displayed in its proper context, or an imitation of its proper context. Visiting in person also allows you to touch and feel the windows and doors, so you can physically experience the quality. Why not book an appointment today? We look forward to seeing you!