The windows in your home do so much more than let light in. They also provide ventilation and keep drafts out when it’s cold.
Over time, you may notice signs that you need to replace them.
When this happens, you have 2 options: you can either go with the original style, or you can switch things up and try something new.
Thinking of doing the latter? Then here are the different window styles you can consider for your home.
Double-Hung or Single-Hung
Double-hung windows are the most popular type you see in homes. It consists of 2 sashes, which are the panes of glass. They sit right on top of one another.
With a double-hung window, you can either slide the bottom pane up or the top pane down. A single-hung window will be similar, but you can only open the window by sliding the bottom pane up.
These 2 types of windows are great choices because not only are they affordable, but you also have a wide variety to pick from when it comes to manufacturers. Also, they’re easy to open and close, so you can get excellent ventilation in your home when you desire.
However, you’ll need to get regular maintenance performed on these windows since things like the sash cords and counterbalance springs can break. Also, if you live in an area that’s prone to crime, it may make it a bit easier for burglars to get into your home.
Casements are also very popular in homes. They look similar to double-hung and single-hung windows, but instead of having 2 sashes, they only have 1.
Another major difference is the hinges. The first examples are hinged horizontally and open by sliding up and down. Casement windows are hinged vertically and open by swinging outwards through a crank. Basically, it pivots on one side and opens how a door would.
If you live in an area that has colder weather, they’re better at keeping drafts out than double-hung and single-hung windows are. They’re also better at deterring intruders.
The only downside is if you live somewhere particularly windy, you risk your windows breaking off if they’re open. Their crank mechanisms are also not so tough, and they have a high chance of breaking.
Awning windows are similar to casements; they also open and close through the use of a mechanical crank.
Awning windows are hinged across the top and open by swinging out on the bottom when you turn the crank. These are popularly found in bathrooms for ventilation, but you can use them anywhere in the house you wish.
These are great to have if you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain. That way, you can get some fresh air in without getting anything wet. This type of window is also excellent if you want to deter intruders.
Because they operate similarly to casement windows, awning windows are also prone to breakage, regarding their crank mechanism.
As the name implies, slider windows open by sliding from one side to another. These usually comprise of 2 panes so you can completely close the window when they’re both on either side. Some slider windows will let you slide both panes, while others will only let you slide one.
If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, slider windows are optimal since they don’t swing inwards or outwards. They’re very cheap and are also very durable.
The only slight disadvantage they have is the tracks may gather dirt and dust over time. But this can be easily remedied with regular cleaning.
This is the simplest type of window on our list. This is just a single pane of glass that’s affixed to a frame.
Since it’s solidly attached to the frame, this means it won’t open or close. All it’s good for is keeping the cold out (it’s permanently sealed) and letting light in.
For those of you looking for something cheap, this is definitely it. However, do be aware that if you live somewhere warmer, it can cause your house to heat up, sometimes to uncomfortable temperatures.
It also doesn’t provide you with fresh air, so you’ll need to think about implementing other types of windows.
Skylights are a fantastic window choice if you want ventilation and/or light but have limited wall space and can’t install a regular window.
This is essentially a fixed window, but up top. It works great for lighting up a dark room in a natural way.
If you want a skylight that opens up, consider getting a roof window. These are beneficial in spaces like attics where you need fresh air to ward off mold and mildew. It can also help you cool down the house in the summer.
However, these types of windows get weathered quickly. This means you’ll need to replace them more frequently.
Regardless of the styles you choose, we highly recommend using professional window replacement services. Not only do they have a large selection of brands and styles, but they’ll also ensure your windows are installed correctly on the first try.
Consider These Window Styles for Your Home
Hopefully, this article’s helped clarify things about window styles and now, you have a better idea of what’s ideal for you.
The best thing about all these choices is you don’t have to just stick with one. Feel free to pick a few that you like and give your house some interesting windows that’ll let in a good amount of light and air.
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