Windows play a very important role in a building, both functionally and aesthetically, for interior design. Windows are key in allowing natural light and air to flow into a building and at the same time, defining the taste and preference of the owner. Before you embark on your construction project, it is a good idea to learn a bit more about windows, the different options available in the market so that you can make a well informed decision for your construction in Kenya.
In this article, we will look at different kinds of windows that you can select for your building project.
Bay or bow windows project outwards, adding a little bit of space to a room. They are normally placed on exterior walls. The difference between the bay and the bow window is simply the number of panels. A bay window has 3 panels while a bow window has 4-5 panels. Both window types usually combine a variety of window types where you may have a stationary window in the middle, with either a casement, double hang window or even louvered window on either sides. Bay or Bow windows are usually bigger in size, therefore much more expensive to construct.
These are basically windows that are hinged on one side and open outward from the side. They are very common in our market, offering good ventilation and are fairly priced. They are great for ventilation because most of them come with stays which allow them to be opened at an angled that you choose. Because they only have hinges on ones side, they tend to be well insulated when well installed.
Single-Hung/Double Hung Windows
Double hung or single hung windows are relatively common. They contain two window sashes, one on top of the other, where both sashes can open for double hung. Single hung windows are exactly the same but the top sash is fixed and the other one can open. These windows offer good ventilation, especially the double hung where you can chose to open one or both sashes depending on how much air you want to let in but they are not the best when you are looking for maximum ventilation. They are also easy to clean from the inside of the house. This type of window offers very good insulation, trapping in warmth and keeping out cold.
These are windows that basically open by sliding or gliding horizontally along a build pane. They tend to be very easy to operate and thus less prone to breakage. They require that the pane be oiled and cleaned once in a while for them to maintain their smooth slide. The sliding window is long lasting. Another great advantage is the fact that they don’t open outward or inward, therefore they are safe in areas where their is lots of movement. They are not always the best when it comes to ventilation compare to hinged windows.
Picture windows are perfect when you want to enjoy the view of the outside from the inside, creating an indoor/outdoor feel to a room. Picture windows are large with few breaks in between. They are often stationary and are normally used to let in maximum light and of course for the views. You will need additional windows for ventilation.
Sky Light Windows
Sky light windows are perhaps the least popular. They bring in light and air through the roof and they can even work as emergency exit windows. They are long lasting and can either be stationary or can be opened, with the least need for maintenance. They are the best for attics in place of dormer windows. They should be well installed to prevent the issue of leakage and treated to keep away UV rays.
Awning windows are interesting and not very common. This type of window is hinged at the top and opens out wards. They are normally used above, along or below another type of window. The main advantage of awning windows is that they let in air and light but keep water away so you can keep the window during a heavy down pour without a problem. The window has fewer seems therefore it offer better insulation. They tend to catch dirt, dust and grime easily so they require a lot more cleaning. Depending on where they are placed, they can be very stylish.
Transom windows are accent windows that are usually added on top of a door or a window. They come in different shapes, size and angles and they are mainly used to bring in light to a room that does not have many windows. They are mainly stationary windows but they can be adjusted to open and close for air flow.
There are many ways to use windows, not only for ventilation and lighting, but to also enhance the interior design look of a space. You can combine a variety of different window types in different room to archive your desired look and feel for your construction in Kenya.