5 popular replacement window designs

By Katie Anderson on March 27th, 2014

uPVC double glazing If you’re in the market for replacement windows, you’d be forgiven for thinking your choice was purely limited to your existing windows. Not true! You can choose from a variety of styles and you don’t have to be governed by what’s in situ.

Whether you’re looking for something clean and modern or a window which channels traditional charm, let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of replacement windows currently available on the market in Britain.

Tilt and turn

One of the most practical and flexible window designs on the market, tilt and turn feature a dual hinge system. Basically this allows the window to open (swing) inwards from the side hinges, or to open inwards at the top by tilting on the bottom hinge. Providing great ventilation with added security, if you have young children in the home tilt and turn are the ideal option. They look best on modern houses too.

Casement windows

A very popular design, particularly in larger homes, although casement windows are suitable for all property types and are designed to let in optimum light. Featuring a side-hinged system (available on the left or right) these replacement windows open just like a door – but away as opposed to inwards. They are available in a range of materials, including aluminium, uPVC, timber and composite.

Sash windows

Traditional sash timber windows are a firm favourite¬†due to their charm. If your homes dates back to the Georgian or Victorian era and you want to maintain an authentic look the classic sash timber window is the perfect choice. However sash timber windows require more maintenance than their modern counterparts. So if you’re looking for double glazed sash windows that require little upkeep sash uPVC windows would be the solution.

Cottage windows

Also known as Georgian and Tudor windows, cottage style windows are designed for older homes, due to their quaint and charming appearance. Featuring horizontal and vertical strips, modern versions look stylish, are low maintenance and help save energy. Modern cottage windows are available in a range of materials, including aluminium, uPVC and timber.

Bay windows

Comprising of a series of standard windows connected together, bay windows are available in numerous configurations, including circular bays, square bays and single end bays. Bay windows allow more light to be projected into your home – and from different angles – and are designed to make a room feel larger because they protrude outwards. This type of window is particularly popular in kitchens and family rooms.


Windows are an important feature of any home; the benefits of installing new windows include reduced heat loss and a warmer home. Modern energy efficient windows help to retain heat, bringing the cost of your energy bills down.

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