French windows originated in the 16th century when France was at war with Italy. They brought back with them the design influences of the Renaissance, and French style windows and doors began to grow in popularity across the world.
They are an elegant choice that adds a stylish and luxurious look to your home.
Table of contents
- What is a French window?
- What are uPVC French windows?
- Coloured and wood effect uPVC French windows
- What are the benefits of French windows?
- French windows vs Casement Windows
- French windows vs French doors
- Choose energy efficient glazing
- How much do French windows cost?
- Get quotes from (uPVC) window experts
What is a French window?
French windows are designed to be full length and have two large panels of glass; however, it is common for the glass to be separated into smaller glass panels. They have side hinges and usually open inwards.
They are very elegant and sophisticated in design and work well in many homes, but especially in homes with a more classic style, or country or seaside homes that can make the most of the beautiful views.
What are uPVC French windows?
When you choose to have French windows, there are a variety of materials to choose from for the window frames.
One of the most popular materials is uPVC. uPVC (Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride) is a durable and strong material that has very low thermal conductivity, so it is extremely energy efficient.
uPVC frames are safe and secure thanks to their multiple locking systems and fire resistant properties.
Coloured and wood effect uPVC French windows
One of the great things about choosing uPVC French windows is the variety of colours and effects available. The colour you choose will depend on your own personal taste and the style of your home, or you may choose a wood effect if that better suits the aesthetic of your home.
The most popular colours for uPVC windows are black, grey, cream and green.
You can also choose to have a wood effect uPVC, that matches the type of wood finish you prefer, such as Oak, Mahogany or Rosewood.
A foil coating is added to the frame to mirror the look of wood, without the maintenance.
What are the benefits of French windows?
There are many benefits to installing French windows in your home including:
- They let lots of light into your home.
- Adds value to your property.
- They create an elegant aesthetic.
- They help to make a small room feel more spacious.
- You can make the most of the views.
- uPVC windows will reduce your household bills thanks to their excellent energy efficiency.
- The way the windows open provide a great emergency exit escape.
- uPVC is very fire resistant.
- uPVC can be recycled.
- They are easy to clean.
French windows vs Casement Windows
What is a casement window?
Casement windows open differently to most other windows. They open outwards using a mechanical crank that is either manual or automatic.
Casement windows are rectangular and have two hinges along the side, and are pushed open or pulled closed using the handle which operates the mechanism. Each window opens separately with the centre pillar staying in place.
What are the differences?
- French windows provide an unobstructed view when both glass panels are opened.
- When both casement windows are open, the centre pillar called a mullion, still remains.
- Casement windows come in a variety of configurations depending on your requirements.
- French windows are limited to one configuration.
French windows vs French doors
French windows are often confused with French doors, as they use the same mechanism and are used in a very similar way. They can both be configured to open inwards or outwards, although inwards is the most common.
The main difference is simply how they are used. French doors are often used inside to create a stylish separation between rooms in the home. French windows are mainly used as an extra entrance point, or to open up into a garden or balcony.
Choose energy efficient glazing
The glazing in your French windows is very important and you should think about which glazing is the best for you carefully. These are the glazing options available:
Low-e glass: Low e glass reduces the amount of radiant energy that comes in through the pane of glass. It is the cheapest of the glazing options, but is less energy efficient than double and triple glazing.
Double glazing: This type of glazing is very popular and energy efficient. It controls the temperature inside your home well, meaning you will spend less on heating and cooling your home.
Triple glazing: Triple glazing insulates your property very efficiently and is great for reducing the amount of noise entering a property, but is more expensive than double glazing.
How much do French windows cost?
The total cost of your French windows will depend on many factors. A window installer will be able to give you an exact quotation, but here are the things you need to take into consideration.
- Delivery costs.
- The size of your windows.
- The manufacturer you choose.
- The finish you choose.
- The cost of labour, parts and VAT.
- The glazing you choose.
You’ll find the average costs of uPVC French windows in the overview below.
Get quotes from (uPVC) window experts
We have put together this guide to help you decide if French windows are the best choice for you. If it’s a yes, then you’ll need to find an expert to install them for you.
It’s very easy to find professional and reliable companies by searching online, to find a local expert near you. They will be able to use their specialist knowledge to answer any questions you may have, and give you the best advice.