5 Types of Windows Everyone Should Know About

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Types of Windows Everyone Should Know About

William Shakespeare was right: eyes are the windows to the soul. But it’s also true that windows are the eyes of your home; a defining feature that makes your home feel like home when you pull up outside, as well as bringing your interior to life by allowing all that natural light to flood in. That’s why it’s so important to choose the windows that are perfect for your space. Not just to look at but perfect in style, functionality, practicality and positioning.

The way we see it: adding the right windows to your home is the most effective way to add some personality and character to your home’s façade, while also making your interior spaces feel light and bright, fresh and invigorating, exciting and open. Of course, there are a couple of other factors that need your consideration, from sound-proofing to energy efficiency, all of which will have a role to play in your dream home.

And in that spirit, here is a quick guide to the most popular window styles you can choose from, whether you’re preparing to build a new home or you’re renovating your current one.

Industrial Steel Windows

Go to New York City, and you’ll become obsessed with their “casement windows” quicker than you can say, “I want to live in an NYC loft” — and it’s easy to understand why. These gridded steel-look windows have become one of the most standout characteristics of industrial architecture, and something more and more people want to recreate in their homes. They hark bark to an industrial period that has become more and more chic, the square geometric window panes adding to the personality of a space while letting natural light fill the room. Trust us: there is nothing cooler than adding a bit of NYC character to your home.

Sliding Glass Doors

Whether your living boasts a spectacular view or your kitchen opens onto a stunning garden, there’s only one way to flaunt this feature and bring the outside in, and that’s with a sliding glass door that celebrates indoor-outdoor living. That’s what we love about our highly engineered aluminium doors. Not only do they slide open to welcome your slice of the great outdoors, but they combine larger glass panes with minimised sight-lines

Skylight Windows

The easiest way to describe a skylight window is to imagine a window on your roof that lets natural light flood in from the ceiling. It could be in your loft conversion or that kitchen extension you put in or the garage you converted, they work in any room that sits beneath a roof, whether that’s a pitched roof or a flat one. But the best part is just how much they can add to a space. From allowing natural light to flood in and air to circulate, to giving your home a modern and contemporary look that makes the most of sunny days — and there are so many styles to choose from to suit your preference.

Fixed Glazing

Whether you call them picture windows or know them as fixed glazing, they are one of the most stunning, contemporary and effective ways to welcome natural light into the darkest corners of your home while showcasing your views like an oversized work of art. But what makes them so popular is the way they are designed without panes or frames, allowing you to have an unobstructed view of the outside world. Some are even combined with specialist solar control glass, adding an extra level of wow to this window. Of course, being fixed, they can only let light in, not a fresh breeze, but this can be countered by adding a sliding glass door on an adjacent wall to let some air in.

Sash Windows

Sash windows have been adding distinguished character to the facade of homes since the 1600s, and they continue to do so. They’re traditional and quaint, standout and convenient, and they’re great at letting both light and air in. Essentially, they are movable “sash” panels that act as frames for your pane of glass, and they come in two forms: single-hung sash and double-hung sash, both of which can be slid up or down to regulate the amount of fresh air that flows through your space. The only real difference is how much ventilation you want or need with the double-hung option providing improved air flow.

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Sliding doors are more than just doors. They are your spacious window onto the world, whether that’s a patio filled with garden furniture, a mature garden full of flowers, trees and wild grass or something in between. That’s what we love about our minimal sliding doors. They brighten your home up in a whole new way, connecting your cosy living space to the great outdoors whether they’re open or closed. And more often than not, they’re the biggest window in your home, while also acting as an access door as you soak up the summer sun, the sizzling sound of your BBQ and the smell of sun cream. 

But with all of that opening and closing, sliding glass doors can become a little prone to everyday wear and tear, while the track and weatherstipping can be exposed to elements. That’s why your door might have become a little more difficult to slide open and close. In more extreme cases, your door might have stopped sliding altogether. 

Thankfully, that’s where the bad news stops because repairing your sliding door only requires a few standard tools, a couple of basic materials and a friend to help you remove the door -- and then put it back again. 

And in that spirit, here are 3 simple steps to help you get your sliding glass door to stop sticking and start running smoothly again:

What You Will Need

  • 1 x toothbrush or wire brush

  • 1 x WD-40 (or another silicone-based lubricant)

  • 1 x steak Knife (trust us!)

  • 1 x vacuum cleaner

  • 1 x kitchen roll

  • 2 x screwdrivers (1 x Phillips and 1 x flathead)

Stage 1: Clean the door track of your sliding glass doors

Almost every variety of sliding glass doors have tracks that act as a guide for your door to go back and forth by allowing the roller wheels at the bottom to run smoothly. Of course, as with everything, your sliding glass door track will accumulate dirt, dust, grime and possibly bits of Lego over time. This sort of normal debris is usually the reason your sliding glass door has become a lot harder to open and close. 

To clear this debris, use a toothbrush (or wire brush) to gently clean the inside of your sliding door track. You may find a combination of both brushes is most effective, starting with a toothbrush to get the looser pieces of dust and dirt out, before using a wire brush to remove the tougher bits. 

Once you’ve done this and the dirt has either been cleared from the track or loosened up, use your vacuum cleaner to give the track another clean and remove the last pieces of debris. 


Stage 2: Lubricate your sliding glass door track for a smoother ride

With your sliding door track now free of dust and debris, it’s time to lubricate it with some WD-40 (or another silicone-based lubricant) to stop your door from sticking. The most efficient way to do this is to attach the straw nozzle and spray the entire track from both sides.

The reason we recommend a silicone-based lubricant is simple: it lubricates, waterproofs, dries quickly, protects both metal and non-metal surfaces and, most importantly, doesn’t attract dirt. Just make sure you wipe up any spray that doesn’t go in the tracks because it can very quickly create a slippery surface.

Stage 3: Adjust your sliding glass door rollers for a smoother experience

Not many people know this, but most standard sliding glass doors are fitted with a series of adjustable rollers that help your doors slide back and forth on the track. To adjust these rollers, you need to locate the adjusting screws, which are almost always concealed on the ends of your sliding doors, towards the bottom, in little holes covered in plastic plugs. 

To access these adjusting screws, either use a flathead screwdriver (or your steak knife) to pry the plugs loose and then tweak each screw. There are normally two sets of adjustable rollers on each side of your sliding glass door, so make sure you adjust each one as needed.

What you will find is each screw adjusts the height of the roller up or down depending on which way you turn it. As such, you have the ability to raise or lower the height of your sliding glass door by as much as 5mm, sometimes more. You will want to play around with each of the roller screws to start with, raising and lowering the rollers until you find the perfect position to ensure your door glides smoothly back and forth. 

Once you’ve found that position, we recommend spraying some WD-40 into each adjustable screw opening to help your sliding glass doors to work better for longer.

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