New window technology has advanced significantly in the past years to the point where a window is no longer just a window. Rather, it’s an energy efficient design choice that can enhance the style of your home considerably.
Whether you’re building a new home or replacing existing windows, the first step is to determine the architectural style of your home, so you can choose windows that reflect or complement that style. The second thing to consider is how you’d like your windows to look from the inside. If your home has a beautiful view, you’ll want to consider that when choosing the right style window.
Here are some examples of the most popular window styles:
Awning: Awning windows are perfect for locations that aren’t easy to access. They hinge at the top and swing outward, letting breezes into your home for ventilation purposes. They are typically placed higher on walls for privacy and can be used with a combination of window styles.
Bay: These windows help to increase the light in your room as well as adding more space for a window seat, or a nook for displaying plants or photos. It has three sections – think of a picture window with two other smaller windows on each side.
Bow: A bow window is very similar to a bay window, but with more sections. Bow windows are designed with 3, 4, 5 or 6 equal-sized sections, depending on your preference. These beautiful windows can add a new dimension to your home and even increase its resale value.
Casement: Casement windows are hinged on the side and open outwards via a hand crank. They feature one uninterrupted pane of glass and generally have lower air leakage than sliding windows. They are excellent for natural ventilation and can be hinged and angled just so to direct breezes into your home.
Double-Hung: Double-hung windows are some of the most commonly used windows. On these types of windows, both sashes move up and down. They are energy-efficient and extremely easy to clean, thanks to a sash that tilts inward.
Picture: If you want to enjoy views, then the picture window should be your go-to choice. It’s also the most energy-efficient window since it doesn’t open.
Single-Hung: Similar to a double-hung, a single-hung window features only one movable sash. The top sash is typically fixed in place while the bottom sash is able to move up and down.
Sliding: A sliding window has sashes that slide from side to side and lift out for easy cleaning. These stylish windows are built to last and offer clean lines and unobstructed views.
At Exterior Source, we offer a wide variety of window styles to beautify and improve the energy efficiency of your home. If you need help determining which window style is best, schedule a free consultation with us today! Our team is happy to help you determine which replacement windows will work best for your home.