One of the benefits of replacing all of the windows for your home is that this task provides an immediate facelift for the exterior of the building. Your home should look younger with this modification to its façade, and you should realize energy savings on both your heating and cooling bills if you purchase energy-efficient models bearing the ENERGY STAR label.
Since windows come in a variety of different styles, it’s important to have a clear idea of your options before making your purchase. Certain types of windows have been designed to offer enhanced functionality depending on their placement. While you should install the same manufacturer throughout the home for a blended appearance on the exterior of the home, you can easily select a different style of window in order to meet specific needs based upon its installation location.
The Different Types of Replacement Windows
Single hung windows provide good ventilation and slide up from the bottom toward the top of the frame. They do not take up any additional interior/exterior space.
Double hung windows feature exceptional ventilation capacity as well as superior lighting capability. Both the top and bottom panes are moveable.
Picture windows are large, offering a full view of the area outside of the home. They typically include a combination of two double hung windows on the sides and a large stationary window pane in the center.
Bay windows feature superior lighting capability and provide a clear view of the outside world. They usually include several windows at a variety of angles with a stationary window in the center of the design.
Casement windows crank open at the side framing for ventilation purposes and are useful in places that are difficult to reach.
Awning windows, typically installed above doors or walls-of-windows, open out slightly for ventilation purposes.
Slider windows deliver superior ventilation capability and provide a wide-open view of the outside world.