Published : 15 July 2015
If you thought all windows were the same, you are clearly mistaken. There is an incredible range of home windows available to suit just about any architectural style, heritage demands and personal choice. In fact, gone are the days of dark, dingy corners that never see the light of day - there's even a solution for that!
For in addition to traditional sliding and hinged window styles, you can choose to install a skylight to increase natural light into your home. There's no right or wrong when it comes to window size. Larger windows will increase ventilation opportunities while smaller openings will provide improved security.
It’s also useful to consider energy efficient styles and maintenance needs when making your home window selection. Hinged windows generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows, therefore increasing their energy efficiency. In contrast sliding windows are an easy to maintain option only requiring an occasional clean of the tracks and glass.
You may also find that you need different window styles throughout your home depending on which way your home faces, the climate etc.
Double hung windows
Double hung windows open vertically. Both sashes of the window normally slide, and screens can be installed outside of the window frame.
Horizontal sliding windows
These windows slide open horizontally, can feature two or more sashes and offer a nice clear opening for good ventilation.
Very popular over the last few years, bi-fold windows comprise two or more panels folding onto themselves, concertina style.
Retractable roll-down fly-screens can be added to the initial design.
Very popular in coastal homes, and very practical. Louvre windows feature a series of blades that tilt to open, either by handle, lever or remote control.
The blades can be made of glass, aluminium and timber, and are great for allowing filtered light and breezes.
Skylights have become increasingly popular for those difficult to light rooms, as they are generally placed in the ceiling and allow much more light into a room than windows do, thanks to their access to direct sunlight.
Old fashioned but still found in a lot of older, Queenslander-style homes, casement windows are hinged at the sides and open outward, with screens on the inside.
Awning windows are hinged at the top, and open outward. These come in a variety of different shapes and configurations and are good for wet weather.
Tilt and turn windows
Tilt and turn windows pen inwards in two actions – they turn like a casement window and tilt like a hopper window.
Again, a style that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Traditionally, clerestory windows were narrow bands of windows across the tops of buildings, but now seem to include any 'higher-than-average' window.