If you want to improve the appearance of your property, then a feature window can make all the difference.
When replacing a window, you don’t have to have exactly the same style. Depending on the structure of your home, you can make a dramatic change just by introducing a feature window.
This may be achieved by increasing the size of the window or by swapping your current style for something new.
Be creative with coloured uPVC
A simple way to make a change is to choose a colour rather than traditional white uPVC.
With a vast palette to choose from, you can find the right shade of coloured uPVC to suit your property. As well as changing colour, you can also opt for a different finish such as satin, gloss or woodgrain effect.
Woodgrain effect is popular with homeowners who want to replace period windows without detracting from the appearance of their period property. uPVC woodgrain frames look like timber but have the durability and low maintenance benefits of uPVC.
Another advantage of coloured uPVC is that you can have dual colours - one shade to complement the exterior of your home and a different one on the inside.
Period window styles
Another way of introducing a feature window is to change the style of a prominent window by opting for a traditional design.
For example, Georgian windows have individual small panes. Modern double-glazed windows recreate this effect by running bars horizontally and vertically onto the frame to create a multi-pane effect.
This option gives you a distinctive look but with all the convenience of double-glazing.
Bay and bow windows may be an option, depending on your property. A bay window is set into a shaped building with the curve of the window following the wall – so the glass and frame have to be made to suit your architecture.
But a bow window can be fitted into a straight wall. A shelf is shaped to hold the window in place, and the window has a subtle angle to make it appear bow shaped. Bay windows can only be used on properties designed for them, whereas bow windows can be fitted to any property.
A large, double-glazed bay or bow window will create a distinctive architectural feature and offer a panoramic view.
Types of window openings
Another way to differentiate a window is to change the type of opening.
Sash windows slide up vertically rather than having hinges or tilting mechanisms, although some sash window designs do have a tilting option. If you want to create character, you can have Georgian bars on your double-glazed sash window to divide it into smaller panes.
Casement windows hinge on one side and open away from the house. This design is ideal for brightening a dark room and letting in plenty of natural light.
Double glazed casement windows can be made in a wide range of sizes and frames to suit old and new properties. You can have the hinges down one side or along the top – so you decide if you want the window to open into or away from the house.
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