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House Windows

Windows Styles

Homes are built in many different styles and materials, your house windows are no different.  House windows are built in different styles and with different materials depending on their purpose.  Let’s look at some common types of house windows, their pros and cons.

Single-Hung Windows

These are most common and functional, the top sash is fixed and the bottom sash either slides upwards or tilts inward.  Reason to buy them would be for their low cost.  Their performance is also low compare to other types of windows, they’re difficult to clean, lack any energy efficiency.

Double-Hung Windows

These windows open on the top and bottom sashes, on the tilt version; they tilt inward to enable easy cleaning of the exterior faces of the top and bottom sash.  These are traditional styling and great for small rooms.

Casement Windows

These windows are hinged at the side and opens outwards.  It provides excellent ventilation air flow throughout the room.  It provides a great view of the outside without any obstruction from the window.  Some are push-open or hand cranked.  They are good near a sink or an area you need access to a window to open.  They are great at reducing air leakage.  But they protrude outwards and could be a hazard to anyone walking into them.

Awning Windows

These windows are hinged at the top and opens outward.  Like an awning the glass protects the opening from the weather and provides ventilation but often used in basements to let light.

Slider Windows

These windows have one side that slides open, either one sliding side in a single slider window or both like that in a double slider window.  In a pocket slider they will both slide but don’t hinge open.  Cleaning them requires you lift them up and pulling them in.  The best slider windows for cleaning will be the Tilt and Slide type that will both pivot and slide allowing access to both inside and outside of the windows.  Since their are many more moving parts, they are often the most problematic  in terms of air leakage, cleaning and construction.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and Bow windows are a combination of three or more windows that are used to extend the space in a home.  Bow windows are used for curved extensions of a window space.  The best reason to use these windows is curb appeal.  Their look increases home value, they add space to a room.  They enhance any home furnishing nearby.

When should you replace your house windows?

When homeowners replace windows, most either replace their windows for the following reasons.

  • Improved Energy Efficiency
  • Conduction/Convection
  • Air Infiltration
  • Ease of Operation/Maintenance
  • Security
  • Noise

House replacement windows are like any other household appliance or items.  They get worn out, they break or it’s just time to upgrade or replace.  Homeowners may feel the need to replace their house windows for many reasons some obvious and some not so obvious.

People live in different parts of the country with different climates, and depending on the climate, they choose different types of house windows to install.

When your home is too cold in the winter or hot in the summer, your air conditioning or heater is running all the time and the house still feels too cold or hot; it’s time to replace those windows for improved energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency is probably one of the primary reason homeowners choose to replace their windows.  The monthly statement on their energy bills keeps going up, most are very aware about their finances and having a high monthly electric bill is one of those things they want to reduce.

It probably drives homeowners crazy to have a beautiful comfortable home and during the winter still feel the chills every time they walk past a window.  They feel the outside environment inside the comfort or not so comfortable home.   When that happens, they usually don’t spend any time near the windows looking outside, or able to be near any windows to enjoy the view.

Other things like ice on their windows or rattling when it’s windy makes their house primitive and inferior.   Dirt or moisture trapped between the window glass panes is evidence the windows are breaking down and it’s time to replace those house windows.

Other nasty things like mold and mildew has formed around the window frames makes the home looks like crap.   Sometimes it’s just inconvenience of opening and closing those windows that makes someone choose to replace them.  Or perhaps in a more dangerous situation, the windows don’t lock or close properly that makes security an issue in the house.  How about when it’s just plain noisy in your home and you need peace and quiet, the first place they look is at the windows.

Anyone who is busy or have little time for chores would like a window that is easy to clean or maintain.  Anyone who thinks of their homes as their biggest investment will likely what more curb appeal and replace their windows just for that reason.  But most will start thinking about their windows when it’s just simply old and not great to look at.  It these circumstances, it’s best to replace the windows.