Windows are an essential part of your home, both functionally and aesthetically. If replacing your windows is part of an upcoming renovation, it’s important to research which ones are best for your home. Knowing the basics of different windows as well as their pros and cons ensures you’ll be able to talk about and pick them with ease. We’re giving you insight into 6 common types of windows you’ll find in stores and showrooms so you can choose the best ones for your space!
1. Casement Window
Casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward, to either the left or right. They’re also referred to as crank windows, as they open with the help of a crank handle or push. Casement windows offer maximum ventilation and natural light, so they work great for rooms that need ventilation like bathrooms and kitchens. They also have a low air-leakage rate and superb noise reduction.
2. Double Hung Window
On double hung windows, both sashes (moveable panels) in the window frame are operable or move up and down. When you’re able to open both the top and bottom of the window, it creates a natural convection- cool air comes in at the bottom and warm air flows out at the top. They’re easy to clean since they tilt inward and they’re known for their energy efficiency. One downside is the horizontal rail in the middle that obstructs your view to the outdoors.
3. Picture (or Fixed) Window
Picture windows are windows that don’t open. They let in natural light and provide you with an unobstructed view of the outdoors. A small picture window can brighten up a small space like a powder room or stairwell, while a big picture window gives you visual access to your gorgeous yard or mountains in the distance. Picture windows won’t provide you with any ventilation, and cleaning can be a hassle since you have to clean them from the outside.
4. Awning Window
Awning windows are similar to casement windows, except they’re hinged at the top. The great thing about awning windows is you can leave them open when it rains without worrying about water leaking into your home. When they’re open, the glass slopes downward, so it can be left open without worry. They can be used near the top of the wall to let hot air escape, but keep in mind they only offer partial ventilation.
5. Glider Window
Unlike the windows we’ve mentioned above, glider windows don’t open outward, but instead have a moving panel that slides to the left or the right to open. They’re perfect to use next to patios and walkways since they don’t project outward. They’re easy to open as they aren’t heavy and glide along the window frame with ease. They can be an issue to clean, especially from the outside since they only slide back and forth rather than tilting inside.
A skylight is a window installed on the ceiling. Some are fixed and others open to provide ventilation. Skylights add lots of natural light to your space, and also provide solar heating, which can help you save on costs during chilly seasons. If you have a skylight that opens, it freshens up the air of your living space, and provides sunlight into smaller, darker rooms.
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