According to the laws of modern design, the window sill serves as a link between the furnishings and decoration of the premises. The choice of material for the window sill is in direct proportion to the practical requirements set, the style features of the interior and the size of the budget..
Plastic window sills
They are thin hollow panels with stiffening ribs. The length of the offered window sills varies from 1.5 to 3 m, the width is 150–600 mm, while the step of changing the length, as a rule, is 0.5 m, the width – 50 mm. According to the required dimensions, the panel is fitted directly during installation using a jigsaw, after which the ends are closed with specialized plugs.
Installation of plastic varieties is carried out without the use of a specific tool, thanks to the shaped grooves that fix the window sill in the opening using tile glue or foam.
The advantages of this type of window sills are their low cost, ease of maintenance, and water resistance. At the same time, the surface coating turns yellow over time from ultraviolet radiation, is easily scratched, bends under the influence of temperature.
Wooden window sills
There are several options for making this type of window sill. The most time consuming and expensive is the creation of products directly from solid wood. Ash, beech, cherry, pine or oak are often used for this purpose. Raw materials are dried, polished and waxed with a waterproof layer. The thickness of such a window sill cannot be less than 28 mm..
Reducing the cost of the final product is possible when using shields glued from cross-positioned strips using high temperature and pressure. The window sill created in this way is treated with mastics or varnishes.
Wooden window sills require specific care, react negatively to wet cleaning, and require regular treatment with special varnishes.
Stone window sills
For most stone window sills, the materials are quartz agglomerate or acrylic stone. These substances are composed of a mixture of inorganic filler, colorant and polymer binder. The quartz variety refers to heat-resistant and strong joints, but it is characterized by increased complexity in processing and the impossibility of joining parts without noticeable seams. Acrylic material is easily scratched, but when heated it becomes plastic and allows you to form products of various configurations.
The complex composite construction of stone window sills determines the exactingness of care and increased attention to the choice of the manufacturer. Failure to comply with the technology can lead to rapid delamination of the product.
Window sills made of natural stone are characterized by high cost and small choice of shapes, which is compensated by an endless variety of patterns and shades. Installation of this type of product should be carried out exclusively by specialists..
When choosing a window sill, one should be guided not only by the technical features of various materials. Competent combination of color and texture of the product will give the room a sense of completeness and integrity.