When it comes to choosing windows, the possibilities seem endless. There are different sizes, styles, materials, colors and even energy saving ratings to consider and it can all get a little overwhelming.
For those of you looking into new window installation, here is a quick overview of some of the more common styles to help you get started. (Note: the list is based on what is available from Universal Windows Direct of Cincinnati, but similar product options should be available in most cities.)
Double hung windows
Classic in appearance, fairly common and affordable, double hung windows consist of two sashes that slide up and down. Good quality double hung windows provide extra protection from heat loss, making them a good energy saving option.
Casement and awning windows
“The hinges and cranks of these windows operate effortlessly, pivoting outwards to bring fresh air into your home. [Some] casement windows are even designed to be cleaned easily from inside the home.”
“Sliding windows are ideal for creating large viewing areas of the outdoors, while still retaining energy efficiency and the chance to let fresh air into your home.”
“A picture window includes a large pane of glass that allows you to see a panoramic view of the outdoors.”
Bay and bow windows
“Bay windows jut out from your home, bringing the outside in.” They are ideal for creating a reading space or breakfast nook.
Garden windows jut out and allow you to turn your kitchen window (or any window, really) into a mini greenhouse that you can use year round.
Specialty shaped windows
Customized specialty windows can be ordered in all shapes and sizes. This is an excellent option if you have an “oddly shaped window you need to replace or want to add a unique touch to a specific area of your home.”
Window replacement is a home improvement investment worth making when trying to make your home more comfortable, reduce energy use, beautify your home and improve its curb appeal. Now that you have a general understanding of window styles, you can make better choices based on your home’s architectural style and your needs.
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