Quick Guide to Buying Aluminium Windows

When building or renovating a home and considering window options, you’ll find aluminium windows a very popular choice.

Simply put, aluminium windows tick all the right boxes. Aluminium is a durable, strong, and versatile material, it looks great in a range of colours, scores high on fire ratings, doesn’t rust – and happens to be energy efficient as well!

If you’re environmentally aware, it’s another reason to go with aluminium windows since aluminium has the highest recycle rate among metals!

So, fantastic – you are now at a point where you’re leaning in the direction of investing in aluminium windows and doors for your project, but where to next?

To start, it’s important to understand the difference between several types (and styles) of aluminium windows.

Read on to find out more about what each style has to offer. This quick guide will help you understand which type will suit you best when you are buying aluminium windows for your project.

Different types of Aluminium windows

Sliding Windows

Aluminium sliding windows are the most popular choice because they offer:

·        Easy to clean window tracks

·        Seal out dust, drafts, and water

·        Allow ventilation with security

·        Flyscreens with safety performance

Multi Stack

These are sliding windows that work in layers and are simply ‘stacked’ in multiples. When open, one front fixed panel will have two or more panels sitting behind it. Panels interlock when sliding with one panel pulling another along. This allows window openings at different ends as they slide open.

Multi Stack windows:

·        Are cost effective and come as a unit

·        Stack slim and so don’t stick out when open

·        Fly screens can come with the unit or be fitted later

Bifold

These windows work like an accordion. This is handy because it saves needing to open the whole door to enter or exit a space. These windows are top hung, so you will need to consider your structure and the level of support.

When bifold windows are opened up, the space can open up with them! These variety of windows contribute a beautifully ‘airy’ effect. Like bifold doors, bifold windows remove all barriers and allow a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living. When you’re ready to separate the indoors and outdoors again, bifold windows and doors lock securely in place, acting virtually as glass walls.

Alspec® Hawkesbury® bifold doors and windows from Action Glass are easy to open and close thanks to durable and attractive hardware. Weatherseal technology will keep out the bad weather and improve energy efficiency.

Bifold windows:

·        Open up a room as much as 90%

·        Give the illusion of a much larger room

·        Create a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living spaces

Double Hung

When space is an issue, double hung windows can be a bonus! With easy tension adjustment, they bring an uncluttered, clean design feel.

Double hung windows:

·        Have great ventilation

·        Are space efficient

·        Offer good security

·        Integrate well with flyscreens

·        Come with easy to operate sash balances

Awning

Hinged at the top and from the outside, awning windows open outward. These windows are optimal for wet weather conditions and do well situated higher up on walls. They are also very easy to operate.

Awning windows:

·        Are hinged on the outside

·        Are often placed singly or paired within a common frame

·        Open with a cranking mechanism

·        Need free space around them to open outward

·        Excellent for bathrooms and kitchens

Louvre Windows

Louvre, also spelled Louver, are windows with parallel, horizontal glass slats (like shutters). These slats can be adjusted to regulate airflow or the flow of light. Louvres can be fashioned from frosted, etched, tinted or toughened glass. Excellent for hot climates, the adjustable blades of louvre windows allow you to have better control over air flow inside your home by simply tilting the louvre blades either up or down.

These windows:

·        Are extremely practical and can be cleaned from the inside

·        Can open up twice as much as standard windows

·        Are easy to adjust with a simple handle

·        Particularly suited for hot climates

·        Great for cross-breeze ventilation

Where to next on your buying journey?To get a clearer idea of cost, installation and lead-time details for the particular window type you feel will suit your project best, give our team at Action Glass a call. We will be happy to help you with the finer details and support you with the look within the parameters of what you’re looking to achieve.

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