Study Your Home
Study your design home and look at the shapes and sizes of the rooms. Your windows should suit your home's style. For instance, a chocolate box thatched cottage wouldn't look right with a large, modern glazing. Here you should be looking for smaller square or triangular panes. A contemporary building on the other hand will be stunning with large panes in squares or rectangles.
Pick Your Glass
Think about what benefits you want from your glazing. Nowadays there are plenty of options to choose from. These include:
- Noise Control- If you live in a busy area then pick glass that offers noise reduction. This type of glass is suitable for exterior and interior use. It will reduce noise levels from traffic, aircraft, music and general noise from outside.
- Self-Cleaning- Self-cleaning glassworks on the outside of window panes. The glass is treated, and the rain and sun wash away organic dirt. This means less cleaning and clear windows for longer.
- Safety Glass -Toughened safety glass is designed to resist ordinary efforts to break it. A person will have a large amount of force before this type of glass will break. It is therefore ideal for security purposes. When it is broken by shatters into tiny pieces that lower the risk of injuries caused by large shards. You could also choose laminated glass designed to stay in if it is broken and not broken into large shards or small pieces.
Choose Your Frames
Window frames come in various material types. Some are more expensive than others. You can have:
- uPVC -This is a low-cost material that usually comes in white but can be treated to wood finish. uPVC does tend to expand with the weather and is therefore suited to small windows.
- Aluminium - The benefit of aluminium is that it can be recycled, it’s, therefore, a greener option than uPVC. It’s available in most colours including textured and metallic finishes. Aluminium is strong so it is ideal for large windows. It is also suitable for narrow frames when you want to feature the glass rather than have thicker frames which show less glass.
- Timber - Timber can be used in soft or hardwood. Softwood is usually from sustainable forests and it's, therefore, a greener product. Frames can be treated and then painted or stained. Wood isn't as easy to maintain as uPVC or aluminum. Frames will require regular maintenance to keep their good
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