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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 has 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. Meaning you have access to so many more window styles.
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.
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: those 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 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.
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. As a homeowner looking to buy new windows, you’ll soon realise that there are many different window types available for your home.
Sash windows or vertically sliding windows do not swing open on hinges, like casement windows. Instead, you can open them by pulling up on a section of the window from the bottom or by 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 out 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.
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.
In 2019, you don’t need to choose just plain, clear glass, even when purchasing double-glazed UPVC windows. Decorative glass incorporates practically any type of glass which departs from the clear, transparent norm.
Manufacturers vary decorative glass in numerous ways, including the colour, texture and opacity. You can, for instance, buy glass with an embossed finish for bathrooms and cloakrooms to reduce visibility. Likewise, you can install decorate glass on statement windows, such as living room bay windows or stairwell windows, to create a dramatic impact.
As a consumer today, you have full control over how your windows appear. You can get double-glazing companies to replicate your favourite designs, no matter what the appearance of the original.
Crime is on a downward trend in many countries, including the UK, but that doesn’t mean that the demand for security glass has dried up.
Security glass is a type of toughened glass, designed to withstand a range of insults, from petty vandalism to sledgehammer impacts.
Security glass uses a unique manufacturing process which makes it more difficult to smash or breakthrough, once cracked.
It’s ideal for people who live in unsafe neighbourhoods or those living in areas targeted by burglars.
Fire glass is a special kind of glass that helps to protect homes from smoke or flames. You see fire glass most often in shared accommodation.
UPVC window and door manufacturers know that homeowners would prefer not to have to clean their windows if they can get away with it.
Unfortunately, traditional glass has an annoying habit of attracting dirt and grime from the outside world. Self-cleaning glass, however, deals with this problem almost entirely. It works by using a thin film of material which covers the window.
The material is transparent, but breaks down dirt and helps water spread to clean it off. Self-cleaning windows, therefore, never need special cleaning attention.
Energy-saving glass is popular among today’s homeowners. Also called “low-E glass,” this type of glass acts as a natural insulator, preventing warmth from inside the home from leaking out. It works in conjunction with the natural insulating properties of double-glazing to cut energy bills.
Noise pollution is a scourge in many towns and cities in the UK. The sound of helicopters, motorbikes and police sirens is enough to drive anybody mad.
However, double-glazing companies now supply a particular type of glass, called acoustic glass. It takes the energy out of sound waves, helping to quieten the noise inside your home (at least, when you close your windows).
The range of window and door frames available in 2019 has also exploded.
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. Window Frame style can differ depending on which style window you may go with.
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. The colours seem to be popular in some areas of the country, for instance, Anthracite Grey can be found more commonly in the East of England compared to the rest of the country.
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.
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.
The type of door styles and materials continues to expand in the UK 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 can be made out of wood, but manufacturers wrap it in a glass-reinforced-plastic: a unique material which not only insulates but provides tremendous strength.
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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June 12, 2019