Replacement Windows 101: What are the options for your home?

Has replacing the old wood or vinyl windows in your home been on your “to-do” list for quite some time? There’s so many styles, types, and add-ons today, you may be wondering “where do I even start?”
We put together a list of the most popular types of replacement windows to help you figure out which style may be best for your home.

Single-Hung
Single-hung windows, look similar to another window on our list, double-hung. These windows are common in areas with high wind. Unlike double-hung windows, the feature that defines a single-hung window is the fixed top sash. This means that only the bottom portion of the window is operable – which is useful in weather-affected areas – as the locked top sash is thought to be less susceptible to leakage and unwanted air infiltration.
Single-hung windows are often thought to be more difficult to clean than double-hung windows, but they are traditionally the less expensive choice.

Double-Hung
These are the most popular style of window – with their classic look being found in a variety of home styles. They are prized for their dual tilt-in sashes, which makes cleaning incredibly easy. Double-hung windows are easy[good] for ample airflow with both top and bottom sashes that can be raised and lowered.

Sliding
Sliding windows open horizontally by moving side to side, unlike double and single-hung which open vertically. A popular place in the home for these windows are behind a kitchen sink or over your washer and dryer. Not only easy to use, but sliding windows are perfect for framing beautiful views of the outdoors as well. Sliders are usually wider than they are tall – which allows for an unobstructed view and creates space for ample airflow in the warmer months.

Awning & Casement      
Awning and casement windows are virtually the same window installed either horizontally (to open upward from the bottom) or vertically (to swing outward from the house).

Unlike hung window styles, awnings and casements open with the use of a hand crank. These windows are commonly found in homes with windy or rainy climates, because they add flexibility and the security when it comes to still letting in some fresh air. They also offer the least amount of air infiltration rates of most all window styles.
Keep in mind their access. If you use a window AC unit to cool your home in the summer, these windows may not be your best option – you probably won’t be able to install the air conditioner in any type of crank-out window. They also offer the least amount of air infiltration rates of most all window styles.

Picture
Picture windows do not open, which make them the perfect choice for framing your gorgeous views – without sacrificing safety or security. Picture windows work well in areas that have limited access, like recessed walls and vaulted ceilings.
It’s common to join these windows with other window styles to create configurations that add character and charm to your home. Picture windows really do allow you to frame the beautiful views your house has.

Bay or Bow                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bay and bow windows are so similar, they are normally grouped together, but there’s one thing that truly sets them apart. Bay windows are made up of one central picture window, flanked by a pair of more narrow windows – casement, double-hung, etc. Bow windows, however, consist of three or more windows of equal size. The main difference is their shape. Bays look more angular and bows tend to have a curved appearance.

These styles add an enhanced degree of light and depth to areas of your home. They are commonly found in family rooms, where you might want some extra space to display pictures, décor. ]Both of these options create a beautiful focal point on the inside and outside of your home.

Garden
These windows are something special. Garden windows protrude from the house like a bay or bow and contain room for shelves, and are operable windows. Their style brings light and space into the home. Kitchens and laundry rooms are great places to add a garden window because their unique design allows space for growing plants and herbs all year long.

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