Be it a new construction project or a renovation, for a commercial setting or a residential property, window styles are a crucial decision and there is a lot to consider before finding one that meets your requirements. Cost, frames and sightlines, thermal efficiency, security, quality and strength are a few factors to consider before making a decision.
Therefore, more people are opting for steel-framed windows these days as they are strong, practical, secure and durable. Steel framed windows fit both the contemporary and traditional tones. With its superior and innovative window designs, they are engineered to be highly functional.
How to choose the right opening style for your home?
A window frame is the window’s structural support and is basically the back bone of the window. Therefore, it’s pivotal to find the right window frame. The benefits of using metal framed windows are plenty, and choosing steel to frame your windows is an excellent choice. It has great characteristics and offers amazing properties.
- It is stronger and can hold heavier and stronger panes of glass, in slimmer and sleeker frames.
- Therefore, steel can offer smaller frame sightlines.
- It is quick and easy to install.
- Maintenance is simple and cost efficient.
- Steel’s strength with high performance handles, hinges and locking mechanism delivers maximum security.
- It is highly durable and can outperform other metal frames.
There are plenty of window design avenues to choose from, depending on the style and the requirement. Here are different types of steel framed windows.
Fixed steel windows
As the name suggests these windows are fixed and are non-operational, as they neither open nor close. The main purpose is to permit light to enter. However, in this window style the ventilation is restricted. It has no handles or hinges. The steel framed window can either hold a single, large glass pane, or multiple smaller glass panes divided by mullions.
It is a desirable option for when ventilation is not needed. They can add elegance to the property by providing an uninterrupted view.
Side-hung casement steel window
This window style allows maximum ventilation and light. Like a door, side-hung casement steel windows are hinged on one side and open outwards or inwards. They may feature one or more sashes within a single window frame.
Such windows are used extensively where the greatest degree of ventilation is required.
Top-hung casement steel window
Also known as the awning windows, top-hung casement steel windows are hinged on the top and push open from below. They have mechanical cranks that open outwards and up. It is very secure. But ventilation is limited. It is ideal for basements or when the opening space is wider than the length. This window can be opened no matter what the season.
Bottom-hung (tilt only) casement steel window
The bottom-hung casement steel window is hinged at the bottom and tilts in and opens from the top. The inward opening allows maximum natural ventilation. It is also known as the hopper window. It can be used in areas where there is restriction for outward opening of windows.
Tilt and turn steel window
The revolutionary tilt and turn windows have a dual function. They can turn like casement windows and also tilt like hung windows. This way the casement function provides full ventilation and light. And the tilu function provides draft-free ventilation and prevents rain water from coming in. It is easy to clean and maintain.
French casement windows
This window style functions essentially like French doors. French casement windows are hinged on the outside with no centre post. They provide clear, unobstructed and wide panoramic views. The two sashes that open simultaneously can be either out-swing or in-swing, creating a large open space for better light and twice the ventilation.
Horizontally pivoted steel windows
In this type of window style the movable part is not hung on hinges but instead it pivots from the middle horizontally. When opened the pane is released from the casement to pivot horizontally on a central axis. It is employed as a space saving measure. It is great for air circulation and is very easy to clean. It is becoming an increasingly popular window design.
Vertically pivoted steel windows
The movable part pivots vertically on the central axis in vertically pivoted steel windows. The window design with its pivot mechanism is extremely modern and highly functional. It brings in ample natural light and enough ventilation. When opened, the window divides into two areas enabling air to circulate freely.
Steel framed windows give houses an unmatched aesthetics that is timeless and elegant. They are elegant and versatile, and are suitable for all environments and are extremely easy to maintain.