Choosing Window Frames

Written by Garry John

There are three main types of material used to manufacture window frames for double-glazing. These are aluminium, PVC-u and wood. These are also vinyl-coated and fibreglass frames, but for simplicity at this stage we shall stick torepparttar three main types. The three materials each have their strengths and weaknesses and in this article we shall look atrepparttar 139624 several properties to see how each type shapes up. The properties we look at are heat insulation, sound insulation, security, appearance, maintenance and least but definitely not least, cost. We shall also briefly talk aboutrepparttar 139625 different styles of windows commonly available today.

Heat insulation is perhapsrepparttar 139626 most common reason for getting double-glazing. However, ifrepparttar 139627 frame is not rightrepparttar 139628 insulation provided by double-glazing is lost. The worst conductors of heat and thereforerepparttar 139629 best insulators are wood and PVC-u. Aluminium is a relatively good conductor of heat and so is notrepparttar 139630 best material if this is of primary concern.

The protection against sound is another great attribute of double-glazing and their isnít really a clear winner. The relative sound insulation properties are therefore of lesser concern that those of say heat.

Security is always a concern and here we have a clear winner. Aluminium is extremely strong and isrepparttar 139631 material of choice where security is of major concern. This explains why aluminium is commonly seen on commercial premises. Wood and PVC-u have their weak spots. PVC-u window frames expand during hot temperatures andrepparttar 139632 expansion gaps required can become weak points for intruders.

Choosing Blinds For Damp Atmospheres

Written by Garry John

There are some important things to consider when choosing window blinds forrepparttar kitchen and bathroom. The conditions in these rooms vary somewhat fromrepparttar 139623 rest ofrepparttar 139624 house, so it is important that care is taken to choose suitable blinds. Hence, it is not justrepparttar 139625 aesthetic appeal that is important, but alsorepparttar 139626 durable and maintenance of these window treatments.

When it comes to designingrepparttar 139627 appearance of a bathroom or kitchen, it is a common mistake to applyrepparttar 139628 same rules to these rooms asrepparttar 139629 other rooms inrepparttar 139630 house. The practicality is thatrepparttar 139631 bothrepparttar 139632 bathroom andrepparttar 139633 kitchen have different requirements to just about any other room. Consider hot showers and baths, or boiling kettles and simmering saucepans. This creates a hot damp atmosphere thatrepparttar 139634 window blind will have to be able to cope with. Not only mustrepparttar 139635 blinds be able to providerepparttar 139636 necessary appeal and avoid privacy, but also be able to withstandrepparttar 139637 conditions. That is why you get blinds and then you get kitchen blinds and bathroom blinds.

Whenrepparttar 139638 decorating work is being carried out, due consideration must be given to usingrepparttar 139639 necessary water repellent and water resistant materials. This holds true for everything that is a part of a bathroom or kitchen decoration and especially true forrepparttar 139640 blinds. As previously discussed, a prime factor when consideringrepparttar 139641 decoration isrepparttar 139642 often-damp nature ofrepparttar 139643 room and so it is advisable to avoid using heavy fabrics as window treatments. In no time at allrepparttar 139644 substantial and probably expensive fabric pieces can circum to mildew and decay.

There are three basic choices that exist when choosing blinds for a bathroom or kitchen. Firstly, aluminum blinds are ideal for bathroom settings. Obviously, these types of blinds will not be overly affected by any dampness inrepparttar 139645 atmosphere. Additionally, aluminum blinds are available in a large selection of designs that will blend perfectly with any design strategy.

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