Versatility of Different Types of Window Coverings
An incredible range of windows is available in market today, to suit the endless demands. While most of us love windows for the view they provide, their primary purpose is for lighting and ventilation. Increasingly, residential structures are using plate glass, and curtain windows in the interest of energy efficiency and building costs. Converse to this, many builders are supporting well-oriented large window spaces in fewer numbers, rather than incorporating plate glass views that can create havoc with solar gain.
Whatever the window type and scale, they still need to be appropriately covered – traditional windows affect 20 times the heat gain than an equal adjacent wall does and ten times as much as the windows are double glazed (high performance). The only way to control the amount of heat and light entering a room is by using operable window shades, either external or internal depending on the need.
External shading is one of the most comprehensive measures to use for controlling heat gain, as they divert sun rays before it can reach the windows.An incredible range of windows is available on the market today, to suit the multitude of needs on demand. The primary purpose of windows continues to be lighting and ventilation, with the consideration of a view coming in only as a secondary consideration depending on the location of an abode. More and more, though, plate glass and curtain windows are being incorporated into residential structures in the interests of energy efficiency and building costs. Conversely, many builders advocate fewer but larger window spaces that are well oriented, rather than incorporate plate glass views that can create havoc with solar gain.
Whatever the window type and scale, there’s no getting away from the fact that windows need to be shaded – traditional windows effect 20 times the heat gain than an equal adjacent wall does, and 10 times as much if the windows are double glazed (high performance). The only way to control the amount of heat and light entering a room is by using operable window shading, either external or internal as the need may be. External shading is one of the most comprehensive measures to use for controlling heat gain, as the sun is deflected before it can reach the window in question.
Types of Window Coverings for Different Windows
There is no doubt that windows add to the aesthetic value of a building, often improving its salability. Use window shading that provides economic and smooth operation of both the window and the shade.
Some of the standard windows and their features are as follows–
DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS
Double Hung Windows are vertically operable windows with the sashes sliding upward to open the bottom half or sliding downward to crack the top half. These windows can support any window shading type. But shades that have the Top-Down-Bottom-Up option like the Roman Shades or Cellular Shades would be a fitting option for these windows. The top of the shade can be pulled down if the operable sash slides downwards to leave the top half open letting fresh air inside while obscuring the view from the bottom. So the shade is protected from dust coming through the open window. If the window has an operable upward sliding window sash, the shades can be raised from the bottom.
HORIZONTAL SLIDING WINDOWS
Horizontal Sliding windows have two or more sashes that slide horizontally to offer an excellent view and ventilation. Vertical blinds made of polyester, vinyl or natural fabric would be the best choice for these windows as they can be retracted using bearded cords to allow natural light and air through open windows. For colder regions, Slide-Vue Cellular shades are ideal as they have unique features of locking handles and side rails for smooth operation.
Have two or more sashes that neatly stack and fold onto themselves, projecting outwards. Exterior shades could interfere with the operation of these windows so its better use bifold shutters that mimic the movement of the windows; even so, shutter panels do not have to be opened to operate these windows.
Louver windows have a series of glass blades that can be tilted open or closed with a lever. One of the best shading options for such windows is the horizontal blinds – wooden, faux wood, aluminum, and the sheer horizontal shades, as they have vanes that can move in tandem with or oppose the opening of the blades of the windows. You can also maneuver the window lever by raising the blinds.
Allow a lot of light into a room and have operable awning flaps. There is a variety of shading options for skylights that include the cellular shades, aluminum shades, and shutters, and they can be used depending on the amount of insulation, light control, and ventilation you need.
Casement windows are hinged at the sides and open outward offering a great view and ventilation. You can use any window treatment for these windows. Equip inside mounted shades or blinds for excellent insulation and to cut the halo effect. In case of cellular blackout shades, there are side rails provided to deal with the halo effect.
If you have settled in a wet weather region, these windows are a terrific option as they hinged on top and can be opened outward. The best window shading options to use for these windows are roller shades. Cloth Shades would obviously be harder to maintain if deployed over open windows as dust would accumulate on them in patches. Vinyl shades or combinations of vinyl and polyester or fiberglass would be more practical options.
TILT AND TURN WINDOWS
They turn like casement windows and tilt inward. Drapes would work best with these windows as they slant inward and could damage shades if they are deployed when the window is open. Curtains or drapes can be pulled open and swept out of the way to let air inside while offering a view and bright interiors.
TRANSOMS AND FANLIGHTS
Transforms and Fanlights are fitted above doors for improving the lighting and are sometimes operable for ventilation as well. If these windows end up throwing too much glare, pleated or cellular shades could be installed over them, insulting from outside world. Installing shutters is more practical as their vanes can be operated to let light and air in or not while providing a view outside as well.
So for any model windows fitted for your home, shop at ZebraBlinds to get customized window treatments at an affordable price and transform your hub into a stylish and overly functional place!