November 24, 2020

A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing Windows

Written by Rebecca Clayton

IQ Glass featured in guide to choosing windows

Contemporary Glazing Projects Featured

Several of our completed projects were featured in an online article by Homebuilding & Renovating. The feature explores how to choose the right windows for a new build project, by taking a deep dive look at different styles and materials and their impact on thermal efficiency and cost.

The first project that appears in the article is Green Barn, chosen for its use of fixed frameless structural glass to create a large glazed link and several frameless picture windows as part of a contemporary, light-filled barn extension project.

The feature highlights how glass is overtaking brick and stone in the creation of a new build’s outer façade, making it increasingly important to choose high-performance glazing. The thermally broken Invisio system designed by IQ Glass can be used to create bespoke fixed window systems for contemporary projects that require a minimal design with high thermal performance values.

The article moves on to discuss how the shape and size of a window can complement the feel and character of the house. The double-height slim sliding doors installed to Portland Road was chosen as a prime example of this, where oversized glazing was used to create an impressive glazed façade to the front of the home, dramatically increasing kerb appeal.

Integrating windows into the roof is another way to maximise the natural light brightening an internal space. A small and narrow bathroom was transformed by a large fixed rooflight as part of this contemporary barn conversion project by IQ; together with an oversized fixed frameless window, the small space takes on an airy, open feel. The other advantage of choosing high-level windows like this bathroom renovation, the article explains, is the added privacy that they ensure, while also making the most of the available space for extensions with height restrictions or sections of wall where traditional windows cannot be installed.

When it comes to choosing the material for the frames, various options are open to the homeowner, including species of timber, uPVC and aluminium. The Beechcroft project was chosen to illustrate the contemporary, subtle aesthetic created by the slim Sieger aluminium profiles, perfect for modern projects that want to achieve a minimal or even frameless look.

The full article by Homebuilding & Renovating can be accessed here. Or, find more information on the range of contemporary aluminium window systems offered by IQ here.