Choosing replacement windows can be a big decision. There are a lot things to consider because there are so many different styles and materials to choose from. In fact, it can be a little overwhelming choosing the right products for your home. Not only do you need to think about the material, you need to think about what style of window is going to be the most practical throughout your home. This article compares a few of the most popular window styles that are used in residential construction.
Casement windows are similar to doors. They are hinged and they open outwards. They are stylish because there is no bar or break in the window pane. That means that, compared to sliding window fixtures, a casement window will have more glass. This means that you can let more light and sun into your rooms. Casement windows are convenient and easy to use. Some windows are free swinging, just like a door. You can also install geared windows that don't swing open. They can only be opened and closed by manipulating the cranking mechanism. Some modern casement windows are actually motorized, so they can be opened with the push of a button on a remote control.
The only drawback to geared casement windows is that the cranking mechanisms and gears are difficult to repair or change. Non-geared casements are also problematic in windy climates. If the wind blows your window open, the glass could shatter.
Single-hung sliding windows are probably the most common type of fixture installed on residential properties. A single-hung fixture is one where the one of the sashes is fixed in place and the other is movable. The sliding sash is usually the bottom one on vertical sliding fixtures. There are also horizontal sliding fixtures, which slide sideways instead of up and down.
Sliding windows are very easy to keep up. As long as the track is clean, there isn't much that can go wrong with your windows. If you do install sliding windows, it is essential that you choose a practical material like vinyl or fiberglass. Wooden sliding windows don't always work well because they swell when the moisture levels change. Sliding windows are also being motorized and modernized. There are all sorts of smart window features that homeowners are adopting as they become more affordable and intuitive.
Sliding and casement windows will probably make up the majority of your fixtures.