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Your Guide To Window Styles & Materials

Your Guide To Window Styles & Materials

Choosing windows for a property is a decision that combines practical desires and aesthetic appeal. Your home needs to be both functional for you and your family, but you also want it to look fantastic whenever you walk or pull up to it. 

That’s why this month at First Windows, we’ve created a helpful guide to window styles and materials. This guide should help you to break down your options, allowing you to select the right style and material for your home whether you’re upgrading existing windows or starting from scratch.


Window Styles


Standard Casement Windows

Casement windows are the standard window style for most homes up and down the country. They offer flexibility when it comes to sizes and are usually created as double-glazed units and triple-glazed. 

It’s a popular style because of how easy it is to operate when opening and closing. Most casements tend to open outwards, although they can open inwards also.


Tilt and Turn Windows

Tilt and turn windows are a versatile option, allowing you to open them in two different positions and they usually open inwards, too. Turn the handle half way to allow the window to tilt inwards or, if the handle is turned fully, the window will open inwards at a 90-degree angle.


Sash Windows

Sash windows have actually been around for centuries, but they rose in popularity during the Georgian and Victorian periods here in England and have become part of the heritage for many buildings. 

Sash windows operate with two sections, both slide up and down, and can also be tilted. This moveable element is where it gets its name “sash”. Now, sash windows can be reproduced with modern materials to keep the traditional look of an older property but with added quality and energy efficiencies.


Window Materials

uPVC Windows – uPVC, or unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, is now one of the most popular materials for window frames, originally rising in popularity in the 70s and 80s. It is low maintenance and cost-effective, giving your property an attractive, clean finish without the need for constant upkeep. 

Read more about our uPVC windows here.


Aluminium Windows – Durable, modern and with good levels of thermal efficiency, aluminium windows are a modern and stylish addition to any home. They’re also often associated with letting more sunlight into your property thanks to their slimmer frames.

Read more about our aluminium windows here.


Timber Windows – Looking to enhance the natural beauty of your home and tie your design to the materials that surround it? Timber windows can come in hardwood or softwood and you can choose the wood stain finish in a colour to suit your property. This is a timeless style that can keep a little heritage for your property while still offering the benefits of modern design.

Read more about our timber windows here.


Steel Windows – Providing strength and energy efficiency, steel windows are designed to last for years to come. Sympathetic to the design of both contemporary and traditional properties, with slim lines and no need to worry about maintenance thanks to the durability of the material.

Read more about our steel windows here.

Here at First Windows, we supply and install a wide variety of beautiful windows for homes across London and Croydon. With a 10-year insurance-backed guarantee, you can upgrade both the look and the thermal efficiency of your home with quality windows from a FENSA-registered company that you can trust.

Whether you want to completely change your style or need something to help keep your home warmer, call our skilled and experienced team today — we’re always here to help you achieve the best for your property.

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