Windows function in different ways - some slide, some tilt, some fold back on themselves. By understanding the different types available and how they work, you can better match windows to your needs, and your lifestyle.
SLIDING AND STACKING WINDOWS
Sliding and stacking windows create a feeling of space and light, and because they often provide more access to open-air than other conventional windows, they also provide increased ventilation.
Sliding windows have the added benefit of not protruding beyond the building, so work well when space is at a premium. When used between a kitchen and outside area, sliding windows are the ideal solution for sociable entertaining.
Awning windows are particularly advantageous when placed high up in a bathroom, kitchen or laundry. Because of their design, they allow hot air to escape reducing condensation. Awnings can also be left partly open when it’s raining – so they’re great in winter too.
Casement windows are easy to recognize. A casement window is a window that is attached to its frame by one or more hinges at the side. Casement windows are often held open using a casement stay.
Mixing style and practicality, louvres offer the ultimate in ventilation control. Open them up fully to make the most of a cool summer breeze or partially (even during wet weather) to maintain ventilation and help prevent condensation. For privacy, and to maximise air circulation, place louvres above head height.
Best of all, you can clean both sides of a louvre window from inside – especially useful if you live in a multi storey home. Louvre windows are not suitable for areas requiring thermal efficiency.