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Discover the latest window designs and the best materials for your style of home and budget.
See our selection below ranging from double or triple glazing to hardwood frames, sash windows, contemporary slide-and-tilt designs and even windows with minimal frames There are choices guaranteeed to reflect your personal taste and complement your property.
With super-slim frames, these advanced Architectural Bronze windows are a fabulous choice if you want to maximise the amount of daylight coming into your room. Double-glazed and filled with krypton gas for improved energy efficiency, the windows are designed to be low-maintenance and long-lasting. As well as making the most of any view, they are an attractive feature in their own right and suit both new-builds and period property renovations. Bespoke designs and shaped openings can be created, with lead detailing for specific requirements also available. The design shown is (H)110x (W)55cm and starts from £298.80 for the fixed window frame from Architectural Bronze Casements by Vale.
The simple, traditional-style frame in a choice of authentic-looking designs means uPVC Elite windows from Everest will complement both new-build homes and older properties. Featuring a woodgrain effect plus colour options to replicate the look of timber, they are virtually maintenance-free and easy to clean, and you can opt for A rated double-glazed or A+ rated triple-glazed versions, offering good noise insulation. The windows also have a modern multipoint stainless-steel locking system. A range of stained glass is on offer, as well as Georgian-style bars, and you can select from 10 colours or 18 combined options with a coloured frame outside and white frame inside. Price on application.
With the option of Victorian sheet glass, which has the slightly wavy imperfection of old windows, this design (above) from Mumford & Wood is a sound choice if you’re looking for a modern sash window to replace a draughty single-glazed original in a historic home. The windows come in bespoke sizes to create an authentic look and are made using a selection of timbers including Siberian larch, Douglas fir or European redwood, all engineered for durability. Double-glazed, and with an insulating krypton gas filling, they are supplied finished with three coats of paint. It costs from £1,980 for a six-over-six-pane, 12mm conservation box sash timber window, (H)150x(W)90cm.
Perfect for a kitchen where you have to reach across a work surface to open a window, these windows (above) from Jeld-Wen are top-hung and can be inverted to make external cleaning much easier. They can be finished in any RAL colour, so you can choose a shade to suit a new or traditional home. This design is double-glazed, with 22 glazing options, while the timber is guaranteed against rot and fungal attack for 40 years. The wood is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), ensuring it comes from sustainable sources. You can choose simulated bar designs that give the appearance of separate panes of glass, and there are both standard and made-to-measure sizes on offer. This softwood frame window in Dusky Grey costs from £424 for (H)73.8x(W)58.8cm.
Rated A+ for energy efficiency, these uPVC windows will help keep utility bills low and, as they are soundproof, they are a great option if you live near a busy road or in a noisy environment. Consider them as a replacement for older uPVC designs, as they are better insulated and meet the latest security standards. In addition to white, light oak or rosewood finishes, you can choose from a range of colours – including green, grey and cream – with the option of having the outside frame in a different shade from the inside frame. These three uPVC casement frames with arched detail, uPVC vertical sash, two uPVC French doors and uPVC panel door with uPVC frame are all from Swish, with prices available from the installer on application.
This aluminium casement window from IQ Glass has a contemporary slimline look that will help make the most of the view outside your home and let in as much light as possible. The double-glazed designs are filled with argon gas, but krypton gas can be used instead to improve their thermal performance. They can be powder-coated or anodised in any colour, including on-trend Anthracite Grey. Pick from inward- or outward-opening designs, as well as top- or side-hung options. The windows are made bespoke with a maximum size of around (H)120x(W)100cm for a side-hung window. The design shown starts at around £500 for a standard (H)80x(W)80cm with side opening.
Combining the traditional style of vertical sliding sash windows with the performance of modern uPVC casement windows, the VS frame from Quickslide is an affordable way to improve your home’s energy efficiency while still retaining its period character. Made from uPVC and with an A energy rating, the double- glazed windows are designed to have the same appearance as a traditional timber sash window but with a lower price tag. Available with a bespoke colouring service, plus a wide range of hardware options, the windows also have an inward-opening tilt facility to allow for easy cleaning of both the frame and glass from inside your house. Prices start from £230.40 for a white sliding sash, (H)90x(W)60cm.
Create a classic look for an older home or a cottage – or a new build with a similar style – by fitting these traditional flush timber casement windows with an enhanced security locking system. They are available in either solid sapele hardwood, which is highly durable, stable and moisture-resistant, or in economical, long-lasting softwood – which has a laminated, finger-jointed core for strength and features knot-free redwood on the surface faces. Filled with argon for thermal efficiency, these double-glazed windows from Anglian Home Improvements have a B window energy rating and come with a choice of seven paint finishes or three stains, and a range of glazing effects. The price is available on application.
Slide-and-tilt sash windows tilt inwards so that you can remove dust and grime from the glass from inside your home, making window cleaning safe and easy. With an elegant look that suits both new-build and older homes, the vertical slide-and-tilt windows from Allan Brothers (above) are double-glazed and can be finished with paint or a stain. The frames are made from FSC-certified redwood from northern Scandinavia and the timber is finger-jointed to make it more stable so that it doesn’t warp or twist, is knot and defect free, and has a smooth finish when painted. The price for this design is available on application.
The profile of this double-glazed design gives it a fuss-free modern effect. As well as the horizontal bar style, the windows come in a range of glazing designs to complement different architectural styles, and are made bespoke to fit the structural openings. Filled with argon gas to reduce heat loss, these windows also have a low-emissivity coating on the inner pane, which allows in heat from the winter sun and reflects it into the interior. A single opening premier casement window in softwood with white paint finish costs around £480 for (H)60x(W)100cm from Westbury Windows & Joinery.
With 10-year warranties for the frame, glazing and paint finishes, these wooden windows are low-maintenance, only needing to be rubbed down then painted with a single coat to refinish them in the future. They are made from FSC redwood, engineered and laminated for stability and durability, and come triple-glazed with an argon filling to minimise heat loss. Choose them to create an authentic appearance for an older home, replicating the original window style and materials but with modern energy efficiency standards, or as a low-carbon option for a new home. An ecocontract casement, outward-opening wood window from the Green Building Store range, with glazing bars, costs around £350 per square metre from The Wood Window Alliance.