Many homeowners will usually replace their old windows with new units of the same type but keep in mind that getting a replacement is an opportunity to give a different window type a chance. Each window type has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and understanding these will help you pick out one that is most suitable for you.
Some of the popular window replacement options you can consider include:
Double Hung Windows
The double hung window is perhaps the most popular type of window available to homeowners today. Featuring two sashes that slide up or down the frame, it features a timeless design that works well with a range of architectural styles and can accommodate an air conditioning unit (by keeping the lower sash up), if needed. Window openings aren’t as wide as what other window types have but good ventilation control is offered. Because a double hung window is operated by sliding sashes up or down, it is great for spots in your home where not enough space is available for hinged windows.
Unlike a double hung windows, a casement windows can open as wide as its entire frame size, easily operable with one hand with a crank while allowing increased air circulation for better ventilation. It’s also a great option if you want to take advantage of daylighting because the window has a big glass area. This expansive glass feature lets the window offer unobstructed outdoor views as well, making casements suitable for bedrooms and living rooms.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay and bow windows are actually composed of multiple smaller windows placed together in a curved layout. Because of this, they provide the most amount of natural lighting and offer more ventilation opportunities, especially if all panels are opened at the same time, plus the curved design expands floor space. To differentiate the two, remember: bay windows have three panels while bow windows have more than three but are usually fitted with four or five panels.
As their name suggests, fixed windows are easy to identify as they cannot be opened or closed. They have expansive glass areas like casement windows so they are generally best for making the most out of natural lighting and outdoor views and if ventilation is not a priority. Fixed windows can also be installed side-by-side in such a way that you end up with a glass wall.
Replacing windows offer a number of benefits. Head on over to the next part as we wind down this blog series with a discussion of the best benefit you can enjoy out of getting a replacement.