Choosing the Right Window

Choosing the Right Window

Choosing the Right Window is not an easy process. Whether you are planning to self-build, renovation or extension, windows are definitely one of the considerable components of your home that you need to purchase. Windows are also one of the most important parts of your home as it protects you from the weather and gives natural lighting and ventilation. But, are you choosing the right window for your home? What should be considered?

Windows are a great impact to the façade of your home. During the planning stage, you might have a certain design style that you want, whether it is contemporary or traditional.  Each window type serves a different purpose depending on the intended use and there are a variety of options to choose from. Here are some of the common types of windows in the market right now:

Here are some window types that are commonly used:

Single and Double Hung Windows

Double Hung and Single Hung Windows
Double Hung and Single Hung Windows

These windows have operating sash that can move either up and down (For Double Hung) or just a single operable lower sash.

Advantages: Easy cleaning from inside

No outward opening, can be flushed to the wall

Disadvantage: 50% Opening for Airflow

Awning Windows

Awning Window
Awning Window

These windows are hinged on the top and opening outward at an angle.

Advantages: Allows ventilation and protection from the rain because of the panel opening.

You’ll have more air flow than hung windows

Disadvantage: Panel opens outward sticking outside the wall/façade.

Casement Window

Casement Window
Casement Window

These windows are hinged on the side and opening outward.

Advantages: Efficiency: Maximized Ventilation/Full opening

You can flush the window panels to the exterior wall

Variety of design features so It can be in combination with other types

Disadvantage: Size limitation on the panel. Must consider weight.

Opening hardware must be unobstructed, therefore screen and shade is not the best option.

Sliding Window

Sliding Window
Sliding Window

These windows operate in horizontal direction;

Advantages: Minimal Maintenance- Fewer parts, just rollers

More durable than other window types

Easy to use/Easy to open because of simple mechanism

Gives more view of the outside due to larger panels

Disadvantage: 50% Airflow, Cleaning outside panels are more difficult

Fixed/Picture Window

Fixed Window
Fixed Window

These windows are fixed and stationary.

Advantages: Provides clear and unobstructed view of the outside

It helps insulation and weatherproofing since there no operable panel.

Can be fabricated into larger panels to provide better natural light

Energy Efficient- Can use insulated glass for thermal insulation

Disadvantage: No Airflow, Difficulty in cleaning especially if located on a higher floor

Bay and Bow Window

Bow Window
Bow Window

These windows project beyond the exterior walls, thus creating an additional space. This is usually used when you want a wider view of the garden or the outdoor.

Advantage: Allow more natural light to enter due to several window panels

Gives good ventilation because of window shape

Disadvantage: More difficult to add window treatment because of the shape or configuration

More expensive to add


Tilt and Turn Window

Tilt and Turn Window
Tilt and Turn Window Functions

These windows have two functions: swing like to open like casement or you can tilt the top sash for ventilation like a hopper/awning window

Advantage: Good ventilation

Easy to clean because of its opening functions

It can be more aesthetically pleasing because of Its hidden Sash and hinges

Disadvantage: Mechanism should be heavy duty and reliable to prevent costly repairs

Window opening inward, window treatment must be planned correctly

Window Type by Materials

You can either choose the following materials for the frame:

1. UPVC – made of plastic and usually in white. UPVC is less costly than aluminum or wood and is easier to maintain

Disadvantages: General UPVC are thinner and weaker than aluminum and wood. Tip is to make sure that the frame is thick enough to last years.

2. Wood – These windows are more expensive than UPVC, with good thermal insulation. With proper protection, timber windows are durable. You can just paint the frame to the color that you want.

Disadvantage: Requires more maintenance that UPVC, because of wear and tear. Repairs can reduce the life span of your window

3. Aluminum – widely used because it is stronger than wood and UPVC. It has a smooth finish and available in different colours. Commonly used in Offices, Hotels, Hospitals and auditorium.

Disadvantage: Air tightness can be an issue because of the profile, Weak thermal insulation, Not as sustainable as UPVC and Woodand Aluminum can oxidize over time

Choosing the right window type depends on the intended use and function. Hence, you must always check what’s the best window for your home with the help of professionals and window contractors.

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