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Types of Replacement Windows

Monday, May 4, 2015

Types of Replacement Windows

When it comes to choosing replacement windows, the world is your oyster. You can select pretty much any style, look, and level of functionality you want for your windows. Of course, for a lot of people, this means they end up feeling overwhelmed with too many choices, which can be just as bad as not having enough choices. We’re here to help you sort out the choices you have and the types of replacement windows that are available to you.

Types of Windows

  • Double hung windows: This is the classic window style that is in almost every home. It is the kind that you slide up to open. Double hung windows are actually some of the least energy efficient windows, though they look great in a home with traditional architecture.

  • Sliding windows: Sliding windows, as the name suggests, slide to the side to open. These kinds of windows are much more energy efficient than double hung windows and are a great option in terms of versatility and usability.

  • Swinging windows: Swinging windows can swing outward vertically, inward vertically, or outward horizontally. All of these kinds are very energy efficient, so the only choice to make is which style you think looks best and will work best with your home.

  • Fixed windows: Fixed windows are windows that do not open. This is absolutely the most energy efficient choice since there are no moving parts and no spaces that are supposed to open or slide against each other. Drawbacks of fixed windows include the fact that you can’t get ventilation through them, and the fear of not being able to open them in case of a fire or other emergency. Nevertheless, this is a great option for very large windows in a home because they will help keep the utilities bill low!

  • New versus Replacement windows: The distinction is a little bit confusing, since replacement windows are obviously new when you buy them. Technically, though, new windows refer to windows that are meant to be used in new construction. They are designed to be able to hammer into the window hole while the house is being built. Replacement windows are designed to be able to fit into the existing window frame so that you can install them without damaging your sash and all your trim.