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Choosing the Right Replacement
Window for Your Home!
 

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REPLACEMENT WINDOW STYLES

Replacing all of your home’s windows is a big expense you need to consider your options carefully before making your purchase.  First, you need to determine the style of window you want.  To help you in making your decision you may want to study other homes that are similar to yours, or ask a window dealer or decorator for advice.  Another way to get ideas is to study several new neighborhoods that are under construction to see what styles of window the builders are using.  In addition to styles, several manufacturers offer a variety of decorative treatments, including beveled, etched, and stained-glass panels that you may consider.    

 

There are several different styles of windows available, such as casement windows, double-hung windows, bay windows, bow windows, garden windows, sliding windows, awning windows, fixed windows, and window groupings.  

 

  • Casement Windows: These windows pivot on hinges mounted on the side.  They have a very contemporary look about them and provide good ventilation.  Casement windows have a good reputation for being weather-tight no matter if your window has exposed or concealed sash locks.

  • Double-hung Windows: These are traditional windows that slide up and down.  Newer-style, spring mounted windows are nearly trouble-free.  The widow dividers or muntins may divide individual panes of glass or simply snap on for decoration only.

  • Bay Windows: These windows consist of three parts, a center window that is usually a large fixed panel that is parallel to the wall, then two side windows that are often casement windows or double-hungs that are set at 30o, 45o, or 60o angles to the center window.  This creates a deep sill, which can be used as a seat, or shelf space.

  • Bow Windows: These are similar to bay windows except that they usually have four or more windows set at incremental angles to one another.  The effect is a subtle, curve appearance.  When large windows are used, the bow window actually becomes an extension to the room and may even take the place of a wall.

  • Garden Windows: These create shelf space that lets the sunshine in as well as fresh air.  Many garden windows come as easy-to-install kits that fit into an existing window space.

  • Sliding Windows:  These windows are very inexpensive and require very little maintenance.  However, they provide little ventilation, since only half of the window can be opened at one time.

  • Awning Windows: These windows pivot on hinges mounted at the top of the frame.  Awning windows work very well in combination with other styles of windows.  Another great benefit of awning windows is that they provide ventilation without letting in moisture and are a wonderful choice for damp and wet climates.

  • Fixed Windows:  These windows do not open.  Fixed windows can be ordered in any shape or size and used in any room.  They may be used in combination with other windows that do open such as awning, casement, sliding, or double-hung.

  • Window Groupings: This is using different windows of various shapes and sizes to create a dramatic effect.  Window groupings become the focal point of the room, and usually highlight a spectacular view.  In addition, window groupings permit a lot of sunshine into the room.


 

When selecting the style of window for your home, try to match the style and shape of your home.  For traditional style homes, strive for balance and the creating of a pleasing symmetry.  Take your time and study all the different styles available to you.

 

 


 
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