27 Oct Replacement Windows – Which Type is Right For Your Home?
Are you finally ready to replace those old, drafty windows? Replacement windows offer a variety of benefits including increased natural light, ease of operation and improved energy efficiency. They are also available in many different types. Understanding how each type functions can make it easier to choose the right replacement windows for your home.
Double-hung windows are one of the most popular choices among homeowners when they are replacing their windows. This is due to their versatility. As opposed to a single-hung window, a double-hung window has two sashes that slide vertically up and down in the frame. This allows them to open either from the top or the bottom. A single hung window can only be opened from the bottom while the top remains stationary.
They can open wide from either the top or the bottom, but they remain inside the frame so they don’t protrude to the exterior of the house. On a single-hung window, only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary. Some double-hung models have a tilt-in feature for easy cleaning inside and out.
Casement windows are constructed with a single sash that is hinged on one side or the other and opens and closes with a crank mechanism located at the bottom of the window frame. They can be hinged on the left or the right and open outward providing full top to bottom ventilation.
Awning windows are similar to casement windows but they are hinged at the top rather than the side of the sash. They are also operated with a crank mechanism and open outward, allowing for full ventilation. Awning windows provide homeowners with the unique advantage of being able to keep the windows open when it rains. As the name suggests, the open window creates an “awning”. They are also a great option for hard to reach areas.
Like single or double-hung windows, sliding windows have two sashes but the open horizontally instead of vertically. They glide along a track much like a sliding glass door and typically only open from one side or the other. Sliding windows offer ease of operation, especially in hard to reach areas. They are also low maintenance, as they have fewer moving parts than many other types of windows.
A picture window is simply one large stationary window that offers unobstructed views and provides abundant natural light to enter your home. It can be installed by itself or flanked by two smaller operable windows.
Bay & Bow Windows
These two types of windows are often thought to be the same thing. While they are similar in appearance, there are some differences. Both create an arc that extends out from your home. A bay window has three individual windows and it creates more of an angular arc. The bow window has four or more individual windows, creating a smoother arc. Both contain operable windows but a bay window often times has a center stationary picture window which can be larger than the two side windows. Either style allows for an abundance of natural light.
Professionally Installed Replacement Windows
Having replacement windows installed in your home is a big investment and one that will significantly increase the value of your home. Toms River Door and Window can guide you in choosing the perfect replacement windows and expertly install them in your home.
We have been providing high-quality door and replacement window installation in New Jersey for decades. We have extensive experience working with all types of replacement windows and doors and our craftsmanship and commitment to customer service can’t be beat.
Toms River Door and Window carries ProVia and Sunrise brand replacement windows. Call us today for a free estimate!