A Guide to the Different Types of Windows

Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we have an array of blinds to suit a variety of different windows. When flicking through our website, looking at which blind would be the perfect fit for your new window, there is a possibility that you may just click on the first one which fits the colour scheme or the specifications of your room. However, if the blind isn’t made especially for your window, then you may be left disappointed upon realising that it will not fit in the frame.

With there being a large number of different windows, you need to work out what blind will work best for the frame. Additionally, you may currently be in the process of selecting which window would work best for your home altogether. So, here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we have put together a helpful guide listing the various windows, in addition to the details of a few of our most popular blind brands and how to identify their make and model.

Skylight blinds

Skylights or roof window blinds are perfect if you’re hoping to make the most of the natural light. The slanted positioning of these windows allows light to flood in, illuminating rooms as well as, in some cases, providing ventilation. Not only are these functioning windows good at bringing an additional light source into a room, but are also an excellent decorative feature to install in a room.

Identifying the make and model of your window means that when you come to buying a blind, you’ll be provided with exactly what you need, as well as have the longevity that you desire from a window fitting. With this in mind, you may be stuck at where to start when finding out what window you have.

Danish skylight and roof window manufacturer, VELUX, is the most popular brand in the world, selling products in over 40 countries. Dating back to 1954, VELUX has been selling windows in the UK for over 60 years and have released hundreds of different frames. Finding the code for your own VELUX blind is easy, with no measuring required in most cases which makes for a quick identification process. If you’re wondering where the window code can be found, you need to find the product plate, which most window manufacturers include on the frame. On the VELUX plate, you’ll need to look under the logo, where you can find the window code. Here at Skylight Blinds Direct, we have helpful guides on our website that help you to find out the dimensions of your window based on this information, with the guide for VELUX windows being found here.

If you don’t have a VELUX window, but another type of skylight, then finding the window code is as simple as detailed above. For similar frames, such as Roto windows, above the brand name, you will find a series number and a window code which will help you to find out which blind you’ll need to buy. Older frames can sometimes come without this information, but following the steps which can be found here, we can provide you with a blind that is the perfect fit!

For all skylight blinds, if you ever need additional information or guidance, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. We will be able to aid you in the process to ensure that you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Bay windows

Providing panoramic views, the curvature of a bay window is perfect if you’re looking for a decorative, statement window. These windows project outwards from the main shape of the room, protruding outwards. These windows are typically located at the front of the home in order to utilise their appearance, but can be found on each story of the home.

Bay windows can most commonly be found in 90, 135 and 150 degree angles, with triangular bay windows, otherwise known as a prow, being slightly more rare. In some cases, bay windows can also be found in smaller versions known as garden windows. These are perfect for those looking to grow plants inside and act as miniature greenhouses due to the sun being able to penetrate the windowsill.

Sash windows

Associated with construction and architecture of the Georgian and Victorian period, sash windows are composed of two moveable panels or sashes. Together, these form a window frame; wooden strips, known as glazing bars, secure panels of glass in place. To allow ventilation, the windows are opened by moving the panels vertically, with the weight of the panel held in place by something substantial, typically a weight made from steel, lead or cast-iron, to counter-act the weight of the window when open.

Although these were typically found in the Victorian period, some new builds still use this style of window due to its visual appearance. However, due to the shelf-life of wood, sometimes these windows can warp, as well as rot, swell and become distorted. Although vinyl options are available, there are chemicals within the material, as well as it being flammable, which make it the less favourable option for those looking for new windows.

Casement windows

These are the most popular type of windows, and it is more than likely that you will have casement windows in your current home. Although they have been around for centuries, they are now the most common choice of window due to being energy efficient, secure and attractive.

Casement windows are attached to frames via one or more hinge, allowing the window to open and close to ventilate the room. These hinges can be hung in a variety of different places and can be found securing the top, bottom or side of the window together.

 

These are just a few of the types of windows that you could install when undergoing a home renovation projects. What types of windows do you have in your home currently? Reach out to us on our social media channels and let us know!

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