Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What Type of Windows Should You Buy?

Choosing the right windows is sometimes difficult with the wide variety of choices and configurations. That’s why it’s so important to work with a professional that you like and trust. I cannot emphasize this point enough and this is where so many people get frustrated—and taken to the cleaners.  Many times, salespeople will sell you what’s in their best interest instead of yours. The best window contractor will help you choose the right windows based on performance and most importantly your needs and budget.

So, in order to help you choose the right windows, please remember that each room in your house is different and has different operating and ventilation needs. For example, a slider or casement window makes more sense above a kitchen sink, because either would provide easier operation than a double-hung.
Let’s take a look at some of the different options and possibilities, so that you can figure out what type of windows fit your home best.

Casement Windows –
Casement windows give you unobstructed views top-to-bottom and side-to-side. The primary feature of the casement window is that they are hinged from the sides of the frame and open from the side. They open fully – catching breezes and directing the flow of fresh air into your home. This is one of the primary reasons for considering casement windows.

Now, if you’re wondering where is the best place to use casement windows .It would be if you’re installing windows over a sink, countertop or appliance, you don’t want to lean forward and lift. Casement windows crank open, which makes them ideal for these locations. They’re also great for decks and patios.  You should request folding handles to avoid interfering with your window treatments.

Double-Hung Windows –You can choose double-hung windows without consuming exterior space. The primary feature in double-hung windows is that both window sashes open vertically. The appearance of the double-hung is stacked, so that both sashes can slide past each other. The benefit of the double-hung window with the tilt-wash version means that you may never have to go outside and wash your windows again. The glass openings in the upper and lower sash are typically of equal size. The ability to open both sashes allows for cross ventilation. There is also another added benefit to just being able to open the top sash—you can allow for ventilation and provide additional safety measures for your children.

When considering where to place double-hung windows, as mentioned earlier because they don’t consume much exterior space, they are an excellent choice next to walkways, porches and patios.

Slider Windows –Many people choose slider windows because of the contemporary look they have, which makes them a very popular style for more modern homes. The primary feature in slider windows is that it has two sashes framed side-by-side and functions with both sliding horizontally.  Slider windows are an economical option for filling large openings and allowing maximum viewing.

 Bay or Bow Windows –Bay windows are combinations of three or more windows projecting outward from a room. Bow windows are a variation of bay windows, made up of four or more window units joined at equal angles to form a curve. The primary feature of these windows is that three or more windows are joined together. Typically the center windows are stationary with the outside sections being either casement or double-hung windows.

When considering where to place bow or bay windows—you would need to know that bay and bow windows allow you to maximize space and take advantage of multiple views. It also makes a room appear more open and spacious, increases the flow of light into a home, and can add counter area to a room.

Specialty Windows –There are many different variations of specialty windows to choose from. When it comes to picture, garden, geometric, awning, sky light or roof windows, I would recommend that you consult with a window contractor before deciding. A professional will be able to help you make the best decision regarding value, performance and ventilation for your home.

First published here: What Type of Windows Should You Buy?


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