Windows are one of the most important elements in your home. They can enhance your home’s value, provide fresh air, and increase the light in your space. The quality of windows you purchase will affect how much they cost and how long they last.
You may be wondering which type of window is right for you. To help you choose, we’ve outlined the main features of each type and the pros and cons of each.
Replacement windows come in a variety of shapes and sizes; we’ll explore the basics of each kind and how to find the right one for you.
Vinyl replacement windows are made from vinyl sheets that are joined together with glues, to form panels. Vinyl is lightweight, flexible, low-maintenance, weatherproof; it doesn’t rot or fade (unless exposed to high heat or heavy rain), it won’t break or shatter like glass, and it doesn’t have a latex or silicone sealer smell.
Aluminum replacement windows are light in weight, aluminum sheets are joined together with glues, to form an assembled frame which is then covered with vinyl. Aluminum has the advantages of being rust-resistant, enduring extreme weather and temperature conditions and easy to maintain.
Double-hung windows have two sashes that slide up and down and cover just the upper or just the lower portion of a window opening. Double hung windows need to be installed with tracks that allow both sashes to open fully outward while allowing for maximum ventilation.
Casement windows are also operated with two sashes that slide up and down but cover the lower portion of the window. Casements are like double hung windows except only one sash opens, while the other remains stationary. Casements are more energy efficient than single-hung windows because they have no central mullions to keep cool air trapped. Instead, both sashes work together with a common frame.
Bay or bow windows have one fixed side and one or more movable sides that can be opened outward or inward for ventilation. Bay windows are also often referred to as casement-style windows. Bay windows are very popular because they can be used for either replacement windows or new construction.
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