Why Choose French Style Windows?

July 12th, 2018

Windows can turn a house into a home. How? You ask. Because they are your connection to the outside world. A fabulous window will draw the eye inside, creating a story for the person walking past about what life is like in your humble abode.

Consider when you walk down the street and peer in through the windows to catch a glimpse of what’s going on inside, are you not more attracted by windows that characterful, or different? To the onlooker, windows determine the character of your home. They prescribe the ‘style’ and ‘feel’ of a property and whisk you away to another world, where you too could live that life. This is what we aspire to, a home that inspires others, teases them, and shows off how much you’ve accomplished! As the well-known TV programme asks, who lives in a house like this? That is the sentiment you want to portray.

So why choose French style windows?

Firstly, why wouldn’t you? The inspirational aspect of this window is almost too much. That’s the look we’re going for- conjuring visions of the south of France, lazing in the garden. Or entertaining family long into the breezy summer nights. That last bit might not be as realistic as we would like, but at least if we were to experience a true Mediterranean summer in England, you would be ready to go.

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What are French Style Windows?

French style windows are casement windows. They are attached to the frame by one or more hinges on the side and swing open, either inwards or outwards. Generally, casement windows in Europe open inside and crease in against the pockets of the thick hinges – resulting in the term ‘French door’ as these windows would regularly come all the way to the floor and work like an entryway.

In the UK, casement windows were the norm before the sash window was presented. French style casement windows, for the most part, have lower air spillage rates than sliding windows in light of the fact that the sash closes by pressing tightly against the frame. This makes them more economical and energy efficient.

What other benefits are there?

  • You can open them fully, unlike any other windows. This can be a great advantage during the summer, or if you ever rely on cross ventilation to cool a room. They also open at angles and allow you to catch a breeze in densely populated areas.
  • Casement windows are very difficult to break into, as they have hooks embedded into the frame, and can not be easily pried open.
  • Fully customisable. If French style windows aren’t your thing, casement windows are available in a number of designs and can be built bespoke to suit your period property. Timber casement windows provide unbeatable style, and efficiency, allowing you to be comfortable at home.

The team at Hugo Carter love this planet and that is why we are committed to planting a tree for every sale we make.  As a part of our commitment to the environment, we follow the Kyoto Protocol and refuse to use UPVC products in the construction of windows and doors. If you are looking for stylish French style windows to create your dream home, call us today. Not only will we look after your window needs with impeccable customer service, we will continue the fight to create a more sustainable environment.

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