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uPVC Window Styles: A Complete Guide

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uPVC stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride and is a great material for building windows. Just like wood and aluminium windows, you’ll see different uPVC window styles when you go to the market.

The style of a uPVC window plays an important role in your comfort because it can change the amount of fresh air you get. Moreover, the window style can greatly impact your energy bills as the energy efficiency of various window styles is different. Another important factor regarding the window style is the amount of light you get from the ambient because the opening of windows can vary a lot.

Therefore you have to pay careful attention to the style of the window you buy. That’s why we’ve gathered all the information you need to choose a suitable new uPVC windows and make the purchase. 

This guide is here to provide you with some general pointers for the best uPVC windows style for your home. However, when it comes to the exact price you can expect to pay, based on your home’s unique specifications, then it’s best to consult a certified window installer. 

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How many types of uPVC windows are there?

Depending on the opening type of the windows, there a there are more than 10 types of uPVC windows out there. Here is a list of these types:

  • Casement uPVC Windows
  • Awning (Top Hung) uPVC Windows
  • Sliding uPVC Windows
  • Tilt and Turn uPVC Windows
  • Bay uPVC Windows
  • Bow uPVC Windows
  • French uPVC Windows with grills
  • Sash uPVC Windows
  • Louvered uPVC Windows
  • Fixed uPVC Window Design

According to your interest and the architecture of your building, you can choose any of these styles. Of course, some of these window styles are much more common in today’s houses and flats. These main types will be discussed in the following section.

What are the standard window sizes? Well, uPVC windows are also available in various sizes to cater to different needs.

What are the 4 main types of windows? 

The first 4 types are the main styles of uPVC windows that will be discussed in the following sections.

  1. Casement uPVC Windows
  2. Awning (Top Hung) uPVC Windows
  3. Sliding uPVC Windows
  4. Tilt and Turn uPVC Windows

No matter if you’re using a uPVC frame or other frames, these 4 types are the most common window styles in our homes. It should be noted that these window styles can be combined with different types of uPVC frames that are mentioned in the following section.

What are the different types of uPVC window profiles?

You can find 3 main types of uPVC window profiles out there. Other than the visual touch, and aesthetics they bring, these different frames won’t make difference in the performance of your new windows.  So choosing the type of frame will mostly depend on your house’s architectural style and your personal  preferences. Here are these 3 frame profiles:

1. Ovolo: This is a traditional type of uPVC frame profile with round edges.

ovolo uPVC window profile

2. Chamfered: While ovolo profiles give a more traditional, decorative style to your window, chamfered frames are a contemporary style with straight edges.

chamfered upvc window profile

3. Flush: In this type, the sash will fit within the profile and there are no protruding components.

flush upvc window profile

Compare modern uPVC window styles

Now, let’s take a closer look at modern uPVC window styles to be able to choose the best one for your home.

Double-glazed casement windows

The best style of windows if you like big openings and open non-obstructed views, is definitely casement windows.

Any window that has one or more hinges connecting it to its frame is known as a casement window. The frame on the side is where windows are attached to.

They’re essentially like doors with a crank instead of a knob, except they open in the opposite direction. uPVC casement windows are usually glazed with two layers of glass to provide more energy efficiency. Double-glazed casement windows also have the advantage that you’ll have minimum noise from the outside.

Components Of A Double Glazed Window

Sash windows

victorian sash window
sash window

A sash window is usually made of several movable components that are called “Sash.” These windows come in various styles including Georgian uPVC windows and Victorian uPVC sash windows. These sashes make a frame that will bear the panes of glass and join them together. These panes are usually separated by astragal bars. In sash windows you can open the window by sliding the sash in two ways: vertically or horizontally.

Tilt and turn windows

tilt ad turn upvc window

This type of window can be opened in two ways:

  1. Tilt position: open inwards from the hinges at the top 
  2. Turn position: open inwards from the hinges at the side

This is one of the most special window styles and has several advantages. Draft-free ventilation and rain protection are both possible with this window style when it is in the tilt position. Casement windows can also open like a tilt and turn window, in which case, only one of the sides will be able to tilt open.

bay front window

Bay windows

A bay window is actually a window that is objected outward from your building’s walls and forms a space like a bay in your room.

When it protrudes from an upper story and is supported by corbels, a bay window is called an oriel window. Early English Renaissance residences are known as the inventors of bay windows.

bow front window

Bow windows

Bow windows are just like bay windows with one difference. In bay windows, there are usually three openings in angled projections, while there are typically four or five openings in bow windows.

A picture window with two smaller windows on either side makes up the basic structure of a bay window. On the other hand, the exterior of a home with a bow window appears to be curving due to the bowed structure.

jalousie window

Louvered Windows

A louvre window is usually composed of a parallel array of glass, acrylic, uPVC, or wooden louvres within the window frame. These windows are sometimes called jalousie. In this window, louvres can be tilted open and shut together so that you can control the airflow and the light. 

French windows 

frenc upvc window

French windows are a pair of casement windows that you can open both inwards or outwards without having any vertical frame between two sides of the window. Therefore, there is no obstacle between you and the street, providing a full and unobstructed view of the outside. 

No matter which style of uPVC windows you choose, finding the right installer for the job is crucial to ensure they perform at their highest potential. With so many options out there, it can be difficult to know who’s quotes you can trust. 

At GreenMatch, we have an entire network of windows installers on hand to offer their professional advice and a tailored quote for their installation service. All of the installers in our network are vetted by us, and qualified according to the latest FENSA regulations.

After filling in our form, our dedicated team will match you with up to 4 of the best installers in your area. Simply click the link below to begin. 

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Coloured uPVC windows 

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uPVC windows usually come in various colours, which can make a specific style. For example, grey uPVC windows, especially flush casement uPVC windows in grey, can add a minimalist feel to your room, while brown uPVC windows with a wood effect can bring warmth to your house. Coloured uPVC windows have different prices, but are typically cheaper than windows made of other materials rather than uPVC.

You can also find uPVC windows that have frame textured woodgrain effect finish and can be a great option if you want to replace your wood windows, with new ones. Those uPVC woodlike windows will be much cheaper to replace, and much cheaper and easier to maintain as well.

Which uPVC windows are best?

There are different criteria to choose the best window style for your home. Here is a list of what you need to consider when choosing the best window style:

  • Your home’s architectural style
  • Colour
  • Ventilation
  • View and Light
  • Cost (windows, installation, and maintenance)
  • Energy efficiency

Overall, casement uPVC windows are the most popular style, although the best window style strongly depends on your needs and preferences. 

Get uPVC window quotes

It is always advisable to compare quotes from various uPVC window installation companies before making a decision. This allows you to shop around for the best deals and determine the most reasonable installation rates.

Typically, local installation companies provide the best double glazing offers for installation. On the other hand, with larger, nationwide companies, you may expect to pay more for delivery and labour costs. However, finding several trustworthy installers can be time-consuming and difficult.

With GreenMatch, we can connect you with up to 3 certified installers from our network. We’ll only connect you with those located near your local area, allowing you to take advantage of the best local rates.

With their tailored quotes you’ll be in the best position to locate deals in your region.

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Hossein Karami Lakeh
Written by Hossein Karami Lakeh, Guest Contributor

Hossein Karami Lakeh is an engineer interested in different aspects of energy, especially renewable energy technologies. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, focusing on thermo-photovoltaic systems. He has written several articles for valid ISI journals, international conferences, and high-authority websites to share his ideas on how to make the world a better place to live.

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