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Types of window & door styles available in 2019

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If you’re investigating new styles of windows and doors, you’re in luck. In 2019, you have more choice than ever before to find a design that perfectly complements your home. Not only that, but the range of UPVC windows and UPVC doors is dramatically improved on just a decade ago. You can now fully replicate most traditional styles in full UPVC glory, giving you all of the benefits of double glazing, but with none of the old drawbacks. 
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The only question that remains is: what’s out there? In this article, we’re going to take a look at the types of window and door styles available in 2019. What you’ll notice is that there are now styles for people with wildly different aesthetic preferences, as well as windows and doors that offer new functionality. What’s surprising is the breathtaking range of windows and doors now available, giving homeowners full control over performance and external appearance. Let’s take a look at what’s out there. 


Roof Windows


The category of roof windows is very general but an important one: many homeowners now want roof windows for a variety of settings. Roof windows are becoming popular not only for loft conversions but for single-story kitchen extensions too.


The reason for their popularity is simple: light. Roof windows, better than practically any other style of window in the home, let in copious quantities of sunlight, helping to enliven a room throughout the day. You’d be amazed at just what a difference a large roof window can make to the atmosphere in a place. It’s transformative. 


What types of roof window are there? The main variety is, of course, the skylight. Skylights come in two main varieties: that that open and those which are fixed in place. Most homeowners will want the first type, especially if you can reach the window without the help of a step ladder. Others, however, will choose fixed for the lower cost and maintenance. 


A skylight can reinvigorate a dull bedroom or kitchen. It can transform the space and make it feel much more airy and lively, inspiring new interior decor schemes. Skylights also help you to make the most of the space you have. People are much more likely to want to spend time in a room if the light is right. 


Casement Windows

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Casement windows have been around for centuries and are among the simplest available in the UK. Casement windows attach to the window frame via a hinge. The hinge can either be on the vertical sides of the frame or the top or bottom. Casement windows, therefore, can swing open in a variety of ways. 
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Casement windows were the most popular type of window in the country until the introduction of the sash window. Old-fashioned casement windows contained many small pieces of glass held together by strips of lead. Today, you can get a wide variety of different casement window styles, all of which vary in function and form. 


Sash Windows


Sash windows or vertically sliding windows do not swing open on hinges, like casement windows. Instead, you open them by either pulling up on a section of the window from the bottom or pulling down from the top. The benefit of sash windows is that they allow you to open them without having anything swinging out away from your home. Many homeowners prefer the aesthetic. 


The popularity of sash windows fell in the 1960s during the home building boom, but they quickly returned, and in the 1990s, the shift to conservation brought a new appreciation for them. 


Today’s sash windows have UPVC frames, but you often can’t tell. Double glazing manufacturers now create sash windows made to look as if they are constructed of traditional materials, like white-painted wood. The new UPVC sash windows for 2019 overcome many of the shortcomings of old designs such as heat loss in the winter while keeping the innovative opening mechanism. 


Types Of Window Glass


In 2019, the number of window glass options for casement windows, sash windows and skylights is higher than its ever been before. There are plenty of options from which you can choose. 



Varieties Of Window And Door Frames

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The variety of window and door frames available in 2019 has also exploded. 


PVC Frames

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PVC is a type of plastic which dates back to the 1930s. It’s still popular today, thanks to its ability to insulate and protect against condensation buildup. You most commonly see PVC frames on double-glazed windows and doors, and they require surprisingly little maintenance.


Companies in the UK offer uPVC windows in a variety of colours. These include: 



What you’ll notice is that many of the available colour/texture combinations attempt to recreate traditional styles. Conservation has become a priority. 


Timber Frames


Timber frames remain popular in 2019, primarily for traditional homes. Most timber frames are hardwood and highly durable. Being made of natural materials, however, timber frames require higher maintenance, even if you use the latest wood treatment techniques. 


Aluminium frames


Double-glazing companies used aluminium-framed windows and doors in the early days of the double-glazing revolution in the 1970s. Thanks to lower costs and better insulating properties, UPVC replaced aluminium. Today, however, aluminium remains a popular choice, especially in contemporary or ultra-modern homes. 


Varieties Of Door Styles And Materials In 2019

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The variety of door styles and materials continues to expand in 2019, giving homeowners an enormous choice over both the appearance and function of their exterior doors. 


Composite doors are trendy right now. Composite doors are a type of high-performance door that is designed to keep heat in the home and intruders out. The core of the door is usually made of wood, but manufacturers wrap it in a glass-reinforced-plastic: a special material which not only insulates but provides tremendous strength. 

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The great thing about glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) is that you can mould it into practically any shape that you like. Many double-glazing companies offer GRP doors with a wood-effect finish. The grain is highly convincing, meaning that these ultra-high-tech doors do not look out of place, even on traditional properties. 


GRP doors are, in the view of many, a step up on UPVC doors, thanks to the ability to customise their appearance. However, manufacturers have improved the aesthetics of UPVC doors dramatically, offering a cost-effective solution for budget-conscious buyers. You can, of course, choose traditional wood doors but, like windows, they require additional maintenance and may not last as long. 
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Types of window & door styles available in 2019
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Types of window & door styles available in 2019
See what types of windows & doors are available in the UK and what combinations of colours and styles you can use to style your dream home in 2019!
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