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13 Jul 2023

uPVC Windows: What different types are available?

Anna Dearden
Home Sector Specialist

If you’re in the market for replacement windows, you might want to consider a few different types before settling on your final choice. There are lots of uPVC window varieties out there, so let’s take a look at your options. 

Remember, you don’t have to choose the same window type as the one you’re replacing. Now is your chance to install a fresh style, if that’s what you fancy!

When you’re ready to find a window supplier, compare a wide range of UK window deals with SpotDif. We’ll help you get the best price for your window replacements.

What is the best type of uPVC window?

There is no “best” type of uPVC window. It’s all about what you want for your home.

uPVC is an excellent all-round window frame material, so any style will have its durable, long-lasting, and super secure properties. 

When deciding on the right style for your home, think about the following:

  • Cost – how much do you want to spend on your replacement windows? Despite being made from the same frame material, some uPVC designs will be more expensive than others. For example, large uPVC bay windows will be more pricey than a small uPVC casement window.

  • Design – what do you want from your windows? Would you like large panes for great views, subtle windows that don’t draw attention, or the most aesthetically pleasing frames possible? This will dictate the designs you’ll want to consider.

  • Functionality – how important is the functionality of your windows to you? While you could get windows that open and close in different ways, you might be satisfied with windows that open with one simple mechanism. Do you want your windows to open wide or just provide some ventilation?

Now let’s take a look at a few different uPVC window styles…


Types of uPVC windows

These are some of the most popular types of uPVC windows. Ask your window supplier which styles they stock or can custom make for your property.

Casement windows

Casement windows are top-or-side hinged windows. They can be installed singly or in pairs within a common frame. They tend to have a sub-frame that allows them to open, making them smaller than the opening in which they are installed.

Versatile, easy to install, and cost-effective for most homeowners, casement windows are extremely popular.

Flush casement windows

Flush casement windows are very similar to casement windows. However, classic casement windows are lipped, but flush casements are not. These windows don’t protrude at all, giving you a flat window surface. Basically, they sit “flush” against the wall!

These windows are often selected as a more sleek and modern alternative to standard casement windows.

French windows

French windows are a great option if you want a window that opens wide with no central pillar. You’ll get to enjoy unobstructed views of the outside, so they could work well in a room that faces your garden or your prettiest surroundings. 

If you add them to a room on the ground floor, as they open up completely, they can also be used as a potential fire escape.

Bay or bow windows

Bay or bow windows are great for creating the appearance of a larger room. These shaped windows (bay windows are trapezium shaped, while bow windows are semi-circular) are popular in living rooms or front-facing dining rooms as they let in lots of natural light.

If you don’t already have bay or bow windows installed, adding them will completely change the look and feel of your room (both inside and out). They will add dimension, a sense of elegance, and a spacious feel.

Anna Dearden
Home Sector Specialist
Combining in-depth research with an interest in all things home improvement, I aim to keep SpotDif readers up to date with interior design trends, renewable energy options, and more.
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