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What types of windows are suitable for a log cabin

No home would be complete without windows, and this is also true for log cabins.  However, due to the materials that are used to construct a timber home, you may be wondering what types of windows are actually suitable.  In short, a log home is not that different to a brick build house.  However, if you are having sturdy windows fitted, then you will need to make sure that the walls of your house are strong enough to take the extra weight.

 

 

Things to consider for window installation

Before purchasing any window for your log cabin, there are a few important issues that you will need to take into consideration.  These are:

Efficiency – a window shouldn’t just provide light and ventilation.  You also want it to be relatively energy efficient to prevent heat loss through the windows.  Look for products that have certified energy efficient ratings

 

Double glazing – If you have thick log walls, you might also be able to have double glazing installed.  This won’t be your standard high street window company that carries out the installation process.  For the best advice, speak to your builder or architect

 

Storm windows – If you can’t have double glazing, then you could consider having storm windows installed.  These will reduce air and heat leakage, whilst also increasing the comfort of your timber home

 

Caulking – window caulking is used if there are cracks or gaps in the window frame or area around it.  With a log cabin, it is important that you regularly assess the condition of the walls around the windows and doors to continually improve or monitor its energy efficiency

Installation – When you eventually decide on the type of window that you will have, it’s time for installation.  Make sure that they are properly fitted without any gaps around the edges.  They also need to be fully secured.  If they aren’t installed correctly, they won’t be efficient in reducing heat loss from inside or sound loss from outside.

 

Window type

When considering the type of window that you want to have installed in your cabin, it is important to factor in the design and location of your home.  There are a number of window types that you could choose from, these include;

  • Fixed – A fixed pane window is one that is attached in place and doesn’t move or open. This is commonly seen in garden sheds.
  • Inward opening – As the name suggests, this type of window opens inwards. There are hinges at the top or bottom of the frame to allow the window to be opened and closed
  • Awning – An awning window is an outward opening window. It features secure hinges at the top of the frame to permit this.
  • Casement – As casement window is pretty much like the standard residential windows. The hinges are at the side or sides of the frame and one or two windows can be opened outwards.
  • Sash – A sash window is one that opened by sliding the moveable part of the frame up or down, depending on how it has been designed.

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