Archive for June, 2011

Replacing Windows? Explore the Different Types.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

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Windows are just one of those details that the average homeowner never really thinks about too hard until it’s time to replace them. We’ve been in this business a long time and have seen, replaced, installed, and hand-selected a lot of windows for a lot of different homeowners. We know the different types of windows like the backs of our hands, but our clients may not. Luckily, Real Simple Magazine recently published a quick tutorial on their website where you can see some of the most common types of windows and their pros and cons.

Here’s a quick roundup:

Fixed/Picture

This window doesn’t open (so no extra air flow, unfortunately) but it doesn’t require vertical mulls, so you can see right through it without anything getting in the way. Additionally, the windows are airtight, so no worries about drafts or heat leaking out during the winter. They are primarily for decoration and added light rather than function.

Casement

Casement windows have a handle that you turn to open them from either the right or the left side depending on how they’re mounted. They offer excellent open air breeze during the summer and low leakage during the winter. On the con side, cranking them open isn’t always easy.

Awning

These windows are similar to casements except they open from the bottom instead of the side. One of the best parts about awning windows is that you can keep them open when it rains, making for excellent air flow on those stuffy summer days. Unfortunately they tend not to open very wide and aren’t feasible escape routes in case of a fire.

If you have additional questions about window types please give us a call! We’d be happy to guide you through the window selection process and provide you with the resources needed to make your decision.