Five Different Types of Window Systems and Their Uses

Most homeowners are aware of the benefits that double glazed windows and uPVC frames can bring to their home. However, they might not be aware of the advantages of having a certain window configuration. How your windows open and close can have an effect on your home’s aesthetics, comfort levels and security. As a homeowner, it’s important that you understand the different window configurations as well as the pros and cons of each one.

To help you make a decision, we’re going to take a look at five of the most common window types. As you’ll see, no one option is inherently better than the other. You need to analyse your current living situation and figure out which window type is right for you. If you need further assistance, we recommend contacting your local window supplier.

  1. Tilt and turn

A tilt and turn window has two major functions. It can open from the top and tilt inward; It can also be fully opened from the side via a door-like mechanism.

The tilt mechanism of the window is a good way to get some ventilation into a room. Also, since the mechanism doesn’t open the window fully, it can still protect your interior from the elements. On the other hand, the hinges allow you to fully open the window from the side. If you want to feel the breeze or let some sunlight into the room, you can use this mechanism to your advantage.

Tilt and turn windows can be made in various different sizes. So, even if you have a smaller space to work with, this window type can still serve you well.

The internal locking system also makes the tilt and turn window very secure. The locks will make it extremely difficult for trespassers to enter from the outside. The only way in will be to break through the tough glass and the mosquito screens.

  1. Tilt and slide

Just like the tilt and turn windows, tilt and slides can also be opened from the top for ventilation purposes. The difference is, tilt and slide windows have two sashes. Sashes are window panels that can be moved along a vertical or horizontal plane. In this case, both sashes can slide horizontally in either direction. The panels can also be removed from their frames for cleaning.

Tilt and slides are ideal for those who live in a smaller space. Unlike a turning mechanism, you don’t need a huge amount of space in order to fully open a sliding window. They are ideal for toilets, smaller bathrooms and modest bedrooms.

Tilt and slide windows also have two internal locking systems, making them extremely secure from the outside.

  1. Awning

Awning windows are hinged at the top and swing outwards from the bottom. Just like a real awning, these windows are ideal for areas that are prone to rainy weather. The slope of the windows will make sure the water slides away from the foundation of your home and away from your interior.

However, because the window can’t open fully, you’re not going to be able to get a lot of air into your interior.

Additionally, since most awning windows only feature a single locking mechanism, they’re not the most secure option on this list. That being said, if you’re using them on the second floor, they’re not as big of a security risk.

  1. Bi-fold

Bi-fold windows consist of two panels that can fold into each other. Unlike awning windows, bi-folds can be opened fully. Not only does this allow a full breeze to enter your home, it also makes the cleaning process much easier. Indeed, by fully opening the window, you can get to the tight corners and crevices of your window frame.

Unfortunately, bi-fold windows are not ideal for wet areas. If you have your window open and it starts to rain, expect some of that water to enter your home.

Additionally, the folding mechanism of bi-fold windows is a little bit more delicate compared to others on this list. There are a lot of joints and hinges that could break through improper use. The hinges might also need lubrication as the joints stiffen over time.

  1. Double-hung

Double-hung windows have two separate sashes that slide along a vertical plane. These windows are good for ventilation as well as letting natural light in. Double hung windows also have tight seals, not allowing moisture or wind to enter home when it’s fully closed.

Over time, however, the sliding mechanism of the double hung windows will stiffen. This will make it increasingly hard to open and close your windows. In some cases, you may even have trouble locking the sashes, thus posing a considerable security risk. That being said, with lubrication and just a little bit of cleaning, you might be able to mitigate this issue.

There you have it, five of the most common window configurations. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages. Make sure to consider your own living situation and figure which type suits you and your property the best. If you need assistance, we recommend talking to your local window supplier.

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Mario Krajewski

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