Is it time to buy new windows for your home, but you are confused as to what to look for? While looks may be a primary area where you want to focus on, it's important to know more about the different styles available.
Double Hung Windows
One of the most popular styles of windows available for homes is double-hung windows. What makes these unique is that both the upper and lower sash can move so you can pick how the windows are open. Have pets that jump against the screen? Then open the windows from the top so that you don't have to worry about the safety of your pets. However, the additional feature you want to look for in a double-hung window is the ability to tilt the sash inward. This will make cleaning the windows a breeze when the time comes.
What makes a casement window unique is that they have a crank that is used to open the window, and the sash opens up like a book. There are even some windows that don't utilize a crank at all, and simply let you push the window open. They come in all shapes and sizes as well, so they can fit the spot for practically any old window in your home. Much like with double-hung windows, look for the feature that allows you to disconnect the window sash from the crank to allow you to easily clean the window.
An awning window resembles an actual awning because the window opens from the top and rotates outward like a casement window. People like this style of windows because it allows you to keep the windows open and not let the rain get inside. An awning window may be great for you if you simply like the look but can be best for homes that don't have air conditioning and may need to keep the windows open in weather conditions that are not ideal.
Sliding windows work best for very wide windows where you want to bring in natural air into the space. This is because a sliding window can be much more affordable than having several smaller windows put in its place, especially when a large casement window simply won't work. The one downfall of sliding windows is that they do not seal as well as other window styles, which reduces your home's energy efficiency.
Contact a local window installation service to learn more about replacement windows.