If you're buying new windows, or creating a new home wish list, one of the first things you should do is decide which type of windows are right for your home. Different types of windows can function in dramatically different ways. They also look different. The style you choose will have an effect on how you use your windows and also how your home looks. Below are some of the most popular window styles.
Single-hung windows have a bottom sash that moves up and down, and a top sash that is locked in place. These windows function intuitively. Homeowners like single hung windows because they're relatively inexpensive to install and easy to use.
Double-hung windows have two sashes, similar to the single-hung windows, but both sashes can move up and down. Double-hung windows provide superior ventilation when compared to single-hung windows, and are often easier to clean as well. Double-hung windows are more expensive than single-hung windows, and thus are not often the preference of homeowners on a budget.
Casement windows swing out or up, often via a turn crank. Casement windows are often preferred by older people because they require less arm strength to open and close. Casement windows that open outward allow superior ventilation into the room by directing air currents into the home. Casement windows that open upward are also beneficial because they block the entrance of rain into the home, and can remain open even while it is drizzling outside.
Bay windows are usually comprised of several panes of glass that open outward into the yard. Bay windows usually come with a bay seat, or a flat bench-like area where someone can sit or set up a decoration. Often, bay windows do not open, although some bay windows come with a casement-style sash.
View Windows in a Show Room
Before choosing windows for your upcoming renovation, head to a window contractor show room and take a look at the models available. Try opening and closing the windows and looking at the different designs. Work with the contractor to pick the type of windows that will function the best in your Springbank Hill home.
Finally, ask yourself which windows should be able to open and close, and which windows you don't need to function in this way. Doing your research ahead of time can help make the window buying experience more satisfying and productive.