When it comes to finding the right windows for your home, there are plenty of factors to consider before making a decision. Windows ideally should accent your home’s architectural style, secure ventilation, block the sun out or let it shine, and complement the interior for each room. Most homes feature more than one type of window, so it's important to consider the pro’s and con’s of each option to ensure your space reflects your needs and personal style.
Double-hung windows are a great option for any home that enjoys a cool summer breeze. Some of the advantages of double-hung windows is that they are very energy efficient by effectively circulating air throughout your home, while giving a sleek aesthetic appeal. By opening at both the top and bottom, warm air escapes through the top while cool air drifts inside through the bottom. We can see why this is one of the most popular window options for any home!
Similar in appearance to double-hung windows, single-hung windows can complement almost any home’s exterior. The main difference between these windows is that single-hung windows only open from the bottom, allowing air to flow to the outside or to invite fresh air inside. While they don’t allow the same energy-efficient airflow as the double-hung window, it is a great option for any starter home.
These sophisticated windows are an excellent option for anyone looking to enjoy a great view with fresh air to match. Casement windows offer top-to-bottom ventilation, thanks to their side hinges and convenient crank handles. Casement windows feature a single pane of glass so you can enjoy an uninterrupted view of your beautiful landscape as you sip your morning coffee or watch your children play in the backyard.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay or bow windows are a fantastic way to add some unexpected space to your home. Usually, bay and bow windows feature three or more panes of fixed or operable windows joined at equal angles to give a rounded effect. These windows usually stick out from a home’s exterior, which offers a great opportunity to add a reading nook with a view or to showcase your decorations during the holidays.
Picture windows are great for people who don’t want to fuss with opening and closing windows or worry about air leaking. Usually fixed permanently into the wall, these windows don’t open. Picture windows are usually dedicated to spaces that have great views or want extra natural light to shine through.
If you’re looking to modernize the look of your home, slider windows are a fantastic and functional option. These windows have one stationary window and one that glides sideways along a track to overlap the other. Slider windows are built to last and are easy to clean, so they are a great option for any home.
If you enjoy watching thunderstorms or listening to the rain, awning windows let you enjoy nature without sacrificing your home’s safety from outside elements. These deceivingly simple windows create a water-resistant awning, acting as an umbrella when opened. These can be placed higher up on a wall to invite fresh air in without losing any privacy. These awning windows are begging to be installed in a newly-renovated bathroom!
Great for natural light or to create a small space-within-a-space in a larger room. In kitchens, garden windows make a nice place to grow plants or herbs.They add interest to the home's exterior appearance and provide extra interior living space without adding a lot of square footage to the home's footprint. These window combinations can be made out of fixed or operable windows, or any combination. For example, bay windows often have a picture or fixed window as the center unit with double-hung units at angles to either side. Great for natural light or to create a small space-within-a-space in a larger room. In kitchens, garden windows make a nice place to grow plants or herbs.
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