What are the different types of double glazing available?
The double glazing industry has advanced considerably over the last decade. Numerous types of double glazing are now available which means you can choose windows to meet your needs and suit your property at the same time.
Popular types of double glazing
Tilt and turn types of double glazing
Tilt and turn windows are often the first choice of double glazing for parents because they offer additional safety measures where children are concerned. The window units have a dual hinge system meaning they can be tilted inwards from the top or opened fully using the hinge system down the side.
When the handle is in the position for tilting the window cannot be opened more than a few inches. This small opening allows plenty of air circulation within the room while preventing younger children from climbing up and falling through. The position of the handle can be locked to stop children from opening the window fully but as an adult you can quickly reposition the handle to change the orientation of the window. When tilt and turn windows are set up to open fully they can easily be cleaned from inside your home. Tilt and turn windows are one of the most popular types of double glazing.
Casement double glazing units are easily one of the most popular types of double glazing, mainly because they are designed to allow as much natural light as possible into the property. Dark rooms are quickly brightened with the right style of windows and as a result this style of window unit is particularly beneficial in larger properties.
The windows themselves can open in a variety of ways e.g. with the hinges down one side, the hinges along the top, the windows opening into the property or away from the property etc. and it is your choice which you have installed. The beauty of casement windows is that they are simple, and as a result they are one of the less expensive styles on the market.
If you own an older property or you fancy something a bit more traditional then vertical sliding windows are an option worth considering. They have the appearance of a sash window and work in exactly the same way i.e. they slide vertically rather than opening into or away from the building, but they don’t have the drawbacks commonly associated with traditional sash windows.
If you choose to install PVC-u or treated metal frames rather than wood you will dramatically cut down the amount of maintenance required in the future and completely cut out the rattling you get with traditional sash windows in heavy winds. You’ll also benefit from an easy-slide mechanism that never fails, never gets stuck and doesn’t require you to lift weights at the gym just to open the window.
Georgian bar windows are another popular choice when it comes to older properties because they give the appearance of having multiple small window panes in each window unit. This style of window was very common in large Georgian houses (hence the name) and even the modern units manufactured today imbue a property with a stately quality.
Georgian bar double glazed windows don’t in fact have multiple panes of glass in each unit though. What they do have is several high-quality bars running horizontally and vertically – manufactured from the same material as the frame – milled and joined to the frame to create the multi-pane effect. The glass in a Georgian bar window is exactly the same as in any other double glazed unit, it is simply the frame that creates the traditional appearance.
These four types of double glazing are probably the most popular in the UK at present but others are available. If you’re unsure which style would benefit you most then seek the advice of a professional before buying. Double glazing is a significant purchase and you need to get it right first time.