There are a variety of practical reasons homeowners choose to replace windows, including increasing their home’s energy efficiency as well as window leaks and defects. However, the best part of window replacement often lies in being able to select new window styles to upgrade the look of your home.
There are many variations of window styles on the market, so it really comes down to what type of window suits your needs and matches your taste. Are you feeling overwhelmed with too many styles to choose from?
Here are some of the most popular window styles to help you make the best choice for your home:
Double hung windows are the most popular choice of window styles in America. In spite of a long list of window options, double hung windows are still number one. They are typically longer vertically than horizontally and have a traditional, classic look.
These types of windows open utilizing two vertically sliding sashes. Unlike single hung windows which only allow the bottom sash (the portion of the window that houses the glass) to slide up and down, double hung windows allow movement from both the top and bottom sashes.
Double hung windows are extremely easy to clean. And because of their movement capabilities, they provide excellent airflow in a home. They are great for homeowners looking to install a window AC unit and come in a wide selection of styles and materials.
Double hung windows are great options for all around the home and provide your home with a beautiful and classic feel.
If you want a stunning view, a casement window is a great option. Casement window sashes open to the right or left rather than vertically. They are typically operated by a crank or lever to allow ease of opening and closing. Casement windows are typically found over the tops of counters (such as the kitchen or bathroom, due to the ease of mobility).
Casement windows are also exceptional for efficiency. The airtight seal that occurs when the sashes press against the window frame keeps air from escaping outward or seeping into the interior.
On the downside, casement windows don’t allow for installation of window AC units and can’t be too large or heavy due to the hinges being found on the side of the frame. However, casement windows are still a popular and beautiful window option.
Awning window hinges connect the top of the window to the side of the home, meaning they open upwards. Lifting the entire window allows for beautiful, unobstructed views. Many people love awning windows because they are great for ventilation. And by opening upwards, awning windows can even be left open during certain types of weather, such as rain, which means they are a great option for moister climates.
On the downside, awning windows can be harder to clean, and due to weather, they often need to be cleaned frequently. Even so, they remain a great source of home protection, as they are hard to enter from the exterior due to their outward movement.
Glider windows are sliding windows, meaning exactly that— they slide to open. They are often larger windows than other types, meaning they provide a home with amazing views and lots of natural light. They are great for large rooms that require larger sized windows. Because they do not open outwardly, but rather glide from side to side, their frames, supported by the walls, can hold a great deal or weight, meaning glider windows can be large and seamless.
They are easy to open and close and have a tight seal that makes them energy efficient. They simply glide along a set of rollers, which allows them to be maneuvered with ease. And this lack of complicated parts makes them an easily maintainable window option.
Architecturally, nothing beats bay windows. Bay windows add extra visual interest to a flat home exterior. From an interior standpoint, the window protrusion can also make the room look bigger. And with their design and size, bay windows allow extra light, brightening up any space.
They can be used for more than just a window. Many homeowners choose to turn their larger bay windows into a dining nook or their smaller bay windows into a cozy sitting area. You have many options when it comes to bay windows.
Don’t Go It Alone
Once you have selected the perfect window style for your home, you need the perfect contractor to install your replacement windows. At Lakeside Exteriors, we provide a wide range of window style options to help you find the perfect fit for your home.
Our expert team can guide you to the right look while also giving you a seamless installation. Contact us for a free replacement window consultation and quote. It’s time to give your home some new style.