Thinking about replacing your home windows? It is a lot of fun dreaming about the design options you’ll have available, from frame colors and materials to window shapes. Of course, you’ll also want to think about the more functional features of your replacement windows too.
Functional Features of Replacement Windows
Windows are surprisingly complex products with several functioning features that impact your enjoyment of them. Whether you are looking for new windows that are easy to use or just want to maximize efficiency, the results you get will be the result of the window features you pick out.
There are three basic window operating styles to consider when shopping for replacement windows. When looking at design options, you’ll need to choose between:
The placement of the hinges on your windows also affect how these windows open and close, which can be important depending on your needs. For instance, some people want a little extra ventilation in the bathroom, while maintaining privacy. They may choose an awning window installed up high on the wall because it has a top-opening hinge that swings outward. Window contractors can install these basic options and the corresponding window types:
Side-Opening Hinge: Casement Windows
Top-Opening Hinge: Awning Windows
Bottom-Opening Hinge: Hopper Windows
You may prefer sliding windows which are available in a horizontal slider or a vertical double-hung window style.
Glass Textures and Opacity
Homeowners can also use different textures, films, and frosted effects on window glass to increase privacy in the home. If you are installing windows in a prominent area, such as the front entryway, you might want to check out some of these options:
Textures: Manufacturers can add a surface texture to window glass to distort images from a distance, such as water ripples or pebbling.
Frosted Glass: Different levels of opacity can be achieved with frosted glass, such as a very light effect that you can still see through or completely white glass that blocks the view.
Energy efficiency is also an important function in your home windows. You’ll have the option to select from products specifically designed for efficiency before installation. These can include components, such as fiberglass frames and thicker seals and weather stripping. You’ll also be able to add energy saving features to any window design, such as:
Double- or Triple-Pane Glass
Argon or Krypton Gas Fill
Protective UV-Resistant Coatings
A subset of window efficiency would also be the type of glass used on your replacement windows. If you live in an area that is prone to storms or along a coastal area, you might want to pick out impact glass or hurricane glass. These glasses are resistant to breaking and shattering to ensure safety and comfort during bad weather.