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You’ll have plenty to think about when looking for new windows. Whether you need replacement windows or windows for new constructions, you’ll have some thinking to do. You’ll have to make decisions based on frame materials, energy efficiency, glazing options, and more. Before any of those things, you’ll have to choose the right type of window. Different types of windows have pros and cons that you’ll want to know about so that you choose the right ones.
Keep on reading to see what’s available and what various types of windows have to offer.
Single-Hung and Double-Hung Windows: The Dos and the Don’ts
Single-hung and double-hung windows are among the most popular styles available. Chances are you have them in your home right now — perhaps without ever knowing what they are called. Single-hung windows have one sash, and double-hung windows have two sashes. The sashes slide up and down within tracks. They are usually installed in homes that feature classic traditional styling. It’s not uncommon to find them in homes with a traditional-modern style either.
Single-hung and double-hung windows – the dos
Double-hung windows are widely available from various manufacturers. So, you’ll find a wide selection.
Prices for double-hung windows are cost-effective since they are mass-produced to meet strong consumer demand.
Double-hung are easy to operate.
Tracks are vertical. This means they don’t typically fill up with debris or dirt.
Single-hung and double-hung windows – the don’ts
Counterbalance springs can, over time, wear out. As well, sash cords can get damaged. You’ll need to maintain these windows periodically to keep them operating properly.
The large openings are great for allowing natural light to get in. They can, however, also be security risks since criminals can use them to gain unlawful entry into homes.
When mounted low on a wall, double-hung windows can be a safety hazard for kids. The windows, when the bottom sash is opened, provide a large opening.
Casement Windows: The Dos and the Don’ts
Casement windows crank open horizontally on hinges that are affixed on one side at the top and bottom. While one side is stationary, the other side pivots open, similar to how a door opens. In terms of popularity, they are second only to double-hung windows. If you want a more modern style, then casement windows are a better choice compared to double-hung windows. Casement windows are also great at directing breezes into your residence.
Casement windows – the dos
Casement windows, because the seal is typically very tight, usually perform better than double-hung windows at keeping drafts at bay.
Casement windows are great at capturing cool air and directing it into the home.
Casement windows are good for home security since the open space tends to be too narrow for someone to climb through.
Casement windows – the don’ts
When extended completely, casement windows can be damaged by strong winds.
Mechanical cranking portions will, over time, fail due to wear and tear.
Casement windows, unless they are big, do not qualify as egress windows.
Awning Windows: The Dos and the Don’ts
Awning windows work the same way as do casement windows. Specifically, they’re opened and closed using mechanical cranks. One major difference, however, is that awning windows are opened and closed from the bottom using the crank. The top edge remains stationary while the bottom portion moves outward and up. These types of windows are usually used in basements.
Awning windows – the dos
Awning windows offer security against intruders.
You can leave them open if it’s raining lightly because the glass keeps water from getting inside.
Awning windows – the don’ts
Awning windows don’t scoop in fresh air from outside as well as do casement windows.
The cranks on awning windows are subject to failure over time due to wear and tear.
Slider Windows: the Dos and the Don’ts
Slider windows are mechanically straightforward. It’s made up of side-by-side windows. These windows slide horizontally along the tracks on the top and the bottom. On the one hand, some slider windows feature two sliding windows. On the other hand, some slider windows feature one sliding window while the other is stationary. Slider windows are common in mid-century modern homes styles.
Slider windows – the dos
Sliders don’t have crank mechanisms. This makes them exceptionally durable.
Because of their simple design, slider windows are usually less expensive than other types of windows.
Slider windows – the don’ts
The style tends to be dated.
Tracks require regular cleaning since they can become filled with dirt.
Sizes and shapes are somewhat limited.
Fixed or Picture Windows: the Dos and the Don’ts
A fixed window has a fixed glass pane that doesn’t move. So, it can’t be opened or closed. If you want a window that lets in a lot of natural light, you’ll want to consider fixed windows. Before installing them, however, ensure that neither ventilation nor egress is required. You can get fixed windows in various shapes and sizes. They’re also very energy efficient. You can consider using them in family rooms, basements, living rooms, and dining rooms.
Fixed windows – the dos
Fixed windows are completely sealed. They are the most energy-efficient windows available.
Suitable for modern home styles because of straightforward design.
Fixed windows are usually more cost-effective than are other window types.
Fixed windows – the don’ts
Fixed windows can generate excessive energy gain in warm climates.
Fixed windows, because they can’t be opened, can’t bring in the fresh air.
Roof Windows and Skylights: the Dos and the Don’ts
While the terms roof window and skylight tend to be used interchangeably, there are differences. A skylight is a fixed window installed in a roofline. A roof window is a window that can be opened and closed. Both these types of windows are used to allow light into upstairs areas or attics.
Roof windows and skylights – the dos
They provide light to spaces that can’t accommodate other types of windows.
Venting roof windows can assist with removing hot air during the summer.
Constant, direct sunlight exposure means roof windows and skylights can heat up spaces during the winter.
Roof windows and skylights – the don’ts
Skylights and roof windows are exposed to the elements and, therefore, have a shorter than average lifespan.
These types of windows should be installed by experts since the process involves cutting into the roof.
Bay or Bow Windows: the Dos and the Don’ts
Bay or bow windows are groups of windows that combine to create a unit that protrudes outward from the walls of your home. These windows are referred to as bay when the configuration of the extension looks somewhat like a square. These windows are referred to as bow when the configuration is curved. Bay and bow windows are usually formed with a fixed center picture window with one or more sets of casement windows or double-hung windows. These types of windows are a good fit for living rooms, dens, or parlours.
Bay or bow windows – the dos
Bay or bow windows create a design statement that is second to none.
These windows are good fits for rooms where you want a great view of the outdoors.
These windows provide shelf space that can be used to display potted plants or other things.
Small bay windows can be used as greenhouse windows.
Bay or bow windows – the don’ts
Bay or bow windows are costly.
A lot of framing work — such as roof coverings and headers — is required to install these types of windows.
The large surface area doesn’t have a high level of air sealing. This can lead to heat loss problems.
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