Being a homeowner is all about making good decisions. That goes for the big things, like what type of siding to install, or what type of HVAC system to purchase. It also goes down to the smallest details, like remembering to sealcoat an asphalt driveway.
Windows are somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. They are a very important feature of a home, and they represent a significant investment; yet many people don’t give windows a whole lot of thought. When you see windows that have been carefully chosen and expertly installed, however, it really is noticeable.
Most homeowners can’t name the most common types of windows off the top of their head, but it’s useful to know more about this area of home improvement and maintenance. The right windows can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a home, as well as having a huge functional value. Here are 5 types of windows to consider for your home.
1. Horizontal sliders
These windows are a lot like the sliding glass doors you may already have in your home, leading out to a backyard deck or patio. The distinguishing characteristic of horizontal sliders is, of course, that they slide open (and closed) horizontally instead of vertically. They’re incredibly easy to use, and also offer a convenient emergency exit in the unlikely event of a fire.
2. Single and double hung windows
These are very common window installations, both because of their practical and aesthetic value. In the case of single hung windows, the lower sash moves up and down will the upper sash remains stationary. In the case of double hung windows, both the upper and the lower sash can be moved and tilted.
3. Awning windows
This is another great window design. It relies on a hinge to allow the window to swing outward. If you live in an area with a lot of rain, this is a fantastic window design for easy opening and closing with good protection against water damage, and plenty of good ventilation.
4. Picture windows
As you might have guessed, picture windows are designed for views and natural light only; the normally do not open or close. A “half moon” picture window high on the wall is a good example. There are inevitable other windows in the room that open and close, but picture windows are more for visual effect and increased natural lighting.
5. Casement windows
This type of window also makes use of a hinge, which allows it swing out to the side. Constructed from solid glass (rather than various different components), casement windows are sturdy and practical.
A higher level of professionalism in window installation
When researching window installation professionals, focus on those that have earned plenty of positive feedback in the community. Experience and professionalism go hand in hand, so don’t be afraid to ask a potential contractor for more information about why they are the better choice. Obviously, you want a competitive rate on your windows. More important, however, is getting a good long-term value!