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Types of Windows: Pros and Cons

Know which window type you need for your home. Your window will have a great impact on your home. Depending on the climate in your area or the functionality you need, it is important to determine which type of window can give you what you are looking for.

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Double Hung

Double-hung windows consist of two big sashes (frame pieces encircling the glass panels) that glide up and down vertical rails. Weights hidden in wall pockets behind the case moldings counterbalance the sashes in older models, while springs hidden in the side tracks are more frequent in modern double-hung windows.

Uses

Double-hung windows are most frequently found in traditional-style homes, while they are also found in traditional-modern structures. Double-hung windows are extensively used in the traditional rambler, farmhouse, and bungalow styles, for example. They work well in spaces that are frequently packed, such as the dining room. Due to the fact that double hung windows slide rather than swing outward, they are ideal for places that front sidewalks, patios, or other areas with high foot traffic.

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Single Hung Window

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Single Hung

Single-hung windows, like double-hung windows, have two distinct upper and lower sashes. The difference between the two is that a single-hung window’s upper sash is fixed in place, leaving only the lower sash moveable.

Single-hung windows have the same advantages and disadvantages as double-hung windows, but they do offer certain energy-efficiency benefits. They are often regarded a less expensive option to double-hung windows.

Choose a single hung window over a double hung window if you want a more energy-efficient window. With only one sash, the room loses less heat. This is preferable in cooler climates, as having only one sash restricts ventilation within the room.

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Picture Window

Picture window

Choose a picture window for natural illumination and an unimpeded view of the outdoors. Its open design is perfect for maintaining a well-lit environment by allowing natural light to enter. You can take in as much external beauty as you desire depending on the size of the window you choose.

Dress up your picture windows with drapes that you can pull shut anytime you require privacy if the natural light is too intense.

Uses

Fixed windows are used to provide view or light where ventilation or egress is not a need. 

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Casement Window

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Casement Windows

Casement windows open horizontally on top and bottom hinges positioned on one side. One side of the window remains stationary, while the other pivots open like a door. They are extremely popular windows, second only to double-hung windows.

Uses

Casement windows offer a little more modern appearance than double-hung windows, and when installed properly, they may be extremely effective at capturing and directing cooling breezes into the home. Casement windows offer stylistic versatility and are ideal for high-traffic areas such as the kitchen.

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Awning Windows

Awning
Awning Windows

Awning windows operate in the same way that casement windows do—they are opened and closed mechanically. When cranked, awning windows, on the other hand, open from the bottom, with the top edge fixed in place and the bottom pivoting outward and upward.

Uses

They are typically used in low-level windows where intruders may be a concern, as well as in wet areas where windows must be opened even while it is pouring. Awning windows are frequently utilized in basements and other below-grade applications.

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Horizontal Roller

Horizontal Roller
Horizontal Roller

Slider windows are relatively simple mechanically, consisting of two windows that slide horizontally along top and bottom tracks. Both windows glide in some designs, whereas in others, one window remains fixed while the other moves side to side. Typically, one sash slides open while the other stays closed. This form of window is unique. For more versatility, you can opt for double or triple sliders. In comparison to other windows, it is readily opened by simply pressing it with your finger. Additionally, because it has fewer moving parts, it requires less maintenance than other varieties. Certain designs can even be angled for easy cleaning.

Uses

Slider windows are prevalent in homes designed in the mid-century modern style (they were popular in new construction during the 1950s and 60s). Sliders are an excellent choice if you frequently open and close windows.

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