Panelled Window vs Glazed Window: Make a Right Choice
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The window is a very important element of the house. It is surely the must have component in our house.
It provides and affects light, ventilation and temperature as well as the comfort of the home’s occupants. It is the most attractive features of the house, which also give a feeling of openness and space to living areas.
When you’re choosing new windows, be sure about the styles you select, which suit your home both practically and aesthetically. Panelled window and glazed windows both have different varieties of colours, design and sizes. Though being used for the same purpose, both the windows are different in their properties, availability, cost, safety, etc. Hence, here we give you a brief comparison of these windows to help you make the correct choice.
- Panelled window is a very old type of window and popular, even today, throughout the world.
- Generally, the panels were made of wood, and nowadays are also made of vinyl, aluminum, etc.
- The stiles and rails are meeting at outside the frame members.
- This type of window has single, double, three or six panels. Sometimes, windows are half panelled and half glazed, too.
- In this kind of window, panels are fully glazed, i.e. of glass.
- This window provides daylight particularly even when closed, as compared to panelled window.
- It is available in the variety of shapes and sizes.
- The frame has styles, top rail and bottom rail.
- This window is mainly used in residential as well as in public buildings as architectural features.
- With the availability of a variety of glasses, it is available in different types like coloured glass window, tinted glass window, frosted glass window, double glazed window, etc. It gives a beautiful look to your house.
- Panelled windows are made of the panel of wood, steel, PVC, aluminum and fiberglass, etc.
- Glazed windows are made of glass panels either with shutter frame of wood, aluminum, etc. It is made of varieties of glass like toughened glass, frosted glass, stained glass, etc
- It is most commonly used in residential or even in public buildings.
- It is most commonly used in residential as well as public buildings. It is mainly used in offices, hospitals, shopping malls, etc. on the outside as an architectural feature, as it also provides more sunlight and add beauty to the building
- It is strong and durable as compared to glazed window.
- It provides more security and privacy to the house due to no visibility and is more sound resistant.
- It can be made easily in any shape.
- It controls the light in the room with solid panel window shutters.
- It provides superior transparency as compared to panelled window. Hence it provides more sunlight in the house.
- It gives more light inside the house, and you can enjoy the outside view of the house i.e. rains, snow, trees, flowers, garden, etc.
- It gives a better aesthetic look to your house as compared to panelled window.
- It is available in varieties of designs like etched glass design, leaded glass, etc.
- It provides less security and privacy. However, privacy can be achieved by using sound resistant double glazing windows. But it can be achieved by adding extra cost.
- Sliding glazed window is easy to slide because of the light weight.
- It is very heavy in weight as compared to glazed window.
- It is very costly as compared to glass window due to the high cost of wood, nowadays almost unaffordable.
- If you have to close the window due to wind or rain or dust or mosquitoes, you will simultaneously loose the light into the room.
- When it is closed, it does not provide any light into the room.
- If the wood is not good, it will even bend and go out of the shape and will not close.
- Sliding panelled window is difficult to slide because of the heavy weight.
- It is less strong and durable as compared to panelled window.
- It requires more maintenance as compared to panelled window as this type of window is more delicate.
- It provides less security and privacy due to more transparency. So there is chance of theft and burglary in the house.
- It needs curtains for the privacy. But it stops the sunlight entering the room.
- It is more durable as compared to glazed window.
- It is less durable as compared to panelled window as it is easily break.
(b) Strength (Flexural Strength and Breaking Strength)
- It has a high flexural strength and low breaking strength.
- It has a very low flexural strength and high breaking strength as compared to panelled window.
(c) Water Absorption
- It absorbs the water during monsoon. It expands and contracts and hence it is difficult to open and close the window during monsoon.
- It does not absorb water or any moisture. Hence it can easily opened and closed.
(d) Frost Resistance
- It has low frost resistance as it absorbs moisture easily.
- It has high frost resistance because its water absorption is low as compared to panelled window.
(e) Resistance to Scratches
- It has low resistance to scratches as compared to glazed window. So colour or polishing is easily affected by scratches, and hence need periodically maintenance.
- It has high resistance to scratches, so the surface of the window is not easily affected by scratches.
(f) Staining Resistance
- It has low resistance to stain.
- It has high resistance to stain because it is easy to clean.
(g) Colour Resistance to UV Light
- Panels have low resistance to UV light and hence get affected by the sunlight.
- It has high resistance to UV light as compared to panelled window.
- Its installation is difficult as compared to glazed window as it is heavy in weight. Factories skilled persons are required.
- Its installation is easy as it is light in weight. It required less skilled person as it is mostly factory made.
- Its maintenance is difficult as compared to glazed window as dust retains more on panelled window which is difficult to remove.
- Its maintenance is easy as compared to panelled window as it has a shiny surface and easy to clean.
- The thickness of panel is approximately 25 to 40mm depending upon the size of window.
- The size of the panelled window depends upon the size of the room. Some standard sizes of panelled window is
- 600mm x 1200mm
- 750mm x 1400mm
- 500mm x 1000mm
- 800mm x 1200mm
- The thickness of glass is approximately 3mm to 10mm normally.
- The size of the window depends upon the size of the room. Some standard size of glazed window is
- 600mm x 900mm
- 800mm x 1200mm
- 925mm x 1300mm
- 900mm x 1350mm
- The cost of the window depends on the size of the window. The price approximately ranges from Rs. 250-3000/sq.ft
- The cost of the window depends on the size of the window. The price approximately ranges from Rs. 150-2000/sq.ft depending upon size, design and type of glass used in the window.
- Panelled window is made from wood or plywood panels of Uniply, Greenply, Centurey company.
- Modiguard, Hindustan National Glass & Industries ltd, (HNG) and Saint Gobain are the popular manufacture of Glass.
In the end, it’s all about which type of window people want to use according to their set budget. Nowadays, people go with the glazed window rather than panelled window because it gives a beautiful look to your home and provides good sunlight in the house. From the above information, the people have to make right and judicial decision according to their needs.