Sold on getting new windows? The next step now is to choose the window replacements you’ll be getting. There is no harm in going with the same window style you’ve had for years but it will pay to get to know what other options are available to you so you can assure that you’ll be enjoying the best windows for your home.
The Most Common Window Styles to Choose From
Here are brief descriptions of the most common window styles you can choose from:
• Double Hung Windows. These have two operable sashes that slide up and down. They allow ventilation through the top, bottom, or both openings and feature sashes that tilt inward or can be removed for easier cleaning.
• Casement Windows. In this window type, the sash is hinged at the side and opens horizontally opposite the hinge, at a turn of a crank. Casement windows allow ventilation from top to bottom when open. When closed, they fully seal, making them the second-most energy-efficient window type next to fixed windows.
• Sliding Windows. These have one or two sashes that slide horizontally along a track. When opened, they also allow top to bottom ventilation on one side. They are the best choice for rooms that face high-traffic areas such as porches and walkways as sliding windows don’t require space to open out.
• Bay and Bow windows. These window types both protrude from the home’s exterior wall, offering a way to add character to a property, but bay windows typically have three panels while bow windows have four to six. Because they can extend your home’s exterior, they can also provide additional room for indoor seating and storage.
• Picture Windows. Huge and fixed, they let in maximum levels of light and views and incredible energy efficiency. Picture windows are best for homes with great outdoor views.
Choosing Windows for Your Home: Some Tips
Indeed, each window type offers specific benefits, and this can make the selection process a little more challenging. To make it easier for you, consider the following:
• Choose windows that match and complement your home’s architectural style. The general idea is that traditional window styles match traditional homes (the same goes for modern window styles and properties as well) but use that as a starting point rather than as a hard-and-fast rule.
• Think about the amount of ventilation, light, and views that you need for a particular area. Sun orientation will be a factor as well.
• Consider aesthetic additions such as accessories and finishing details including trims, mullions, and accent colors to make a window replacement truly reflect your preferences.
What about doors? In the next post, you’ll be learning about the basics of replacement entry and patio doors, including tips on how to get the perfect door for your home. Stay tuned!