Arguably, the two most popular window styles are double hung and casement units. They’re about equal in terms of performance and looks. Here, we focus on these ubiquitous designs, going over their strengths and what factors set them apart from each other.
Two sashes are better than one.
Considered the most traditional-looking among all window types, double-hung units are often found in old-fashioned style houses like colonial and Cape Cod. They comprise two staggered sashes that slide up and down for ventilation. They open wide but don’t require swing space at all, so you can install them even in very cramped hallways and rooms.
Another great thing about double hung windows in Waterloo, IA, is their ability to efficiently bring in fresh air, natural light, and outdoor views. Further, they’re designed for easier cleaning and maintenance. These windows are considered very homeowner-friendly, practical for everyday use, and easy to replace. They’re visually stunning, whether you choose to accessorize or leave them unadorned.
Tip: Summer’s just around the corner. You want to keep the bugs out while still letting cool air in. It’s cost-effective to add a screen to a double hung window to protect your interiors and get the best summer ventilation at the same time.
Beauty and function are in full swing.
For houses with more outdoor swing space, we recommend these side-hung beauties. They open outward and wide like doors do, providing optimal ventilation. Many also feature a secure locking mechanism that keeps your family and property safe.
Casements are operated using a hand crank that can easily be reached even if an object or furniture is in the way. This gives the units more design flexibility than other types of Waterloo, IA, windows. They can be installed in unconventional spaces like kitchens and bathrooms.
Speaking of design, casements are generally more versatile style-wise than double hung units. While the latter is often reserved for traditional houses, certain variations of the standard casement can suit both old-fashioned and contemporary homes.
For example, the French casement (that is, two side-hung units installed within a single frame) has an almost regal look that’s perfect for classically styled homes. However, tall oversized casements installed singly or in long rows mimic a wall of glass that is undeniably contemporary.
Tip: Casements can be installed on the upper level of the home. In fact, this is a good idea since there’s typically more outward swing space on the second or third story. Keep in mind the safety of small children and pets, though. You may install them higher up on a wall to prevent unwanted incidents.
Still unsure which of the two styles is best for your home? Contact the Seamless Exterior team at (319) 243-3600 for expert help. Schedule a consultation or request a free estimate of our window replacement services while you’re at it.