When it's time to replace worn out windows or you just want a new look for your home, it's time to go shopping for windows. There are countless options for new windows from inexpensive off-the-shelf models to custom versions.
The key is to match the style of your new windows to the style of your home. You will also want windows that are energy efficient, easy to operate and low-maintenance meaning they are easy to clean, paint and repair.
Traditionally, wood windows were the best choice. They came in many different styles from classic Colonial to sleek and modern but older wood framed windows were leaky as they aged allowing cold air to enter the house in winter. Over the years, new versions of wood, aluminum, vinyl and composite construction windows have evolved so now you can get the same classic look in a material that is insect and rot proof and will help save you money on your energy bills.
Start by taking a good look at your home. Walk out to the street and look back at your house. Determine the style and take notes or snap a picture with your camera. Walk around the neighborhood and look at the other houses. Chances are you'll find a style you like that matches or compliments your home.
What are your Needs?
There are many different types of windows that make up the construction of your house. Windows allow natural light to flood your rooms during the day and let in air to keep it fresh and dry. Your windows also help define the style of your house whether it is traditional or modern. You can customize nearly any window to suit your changing tastes and needs.
Double Hung Windows
This type of window has two sashes that slide vertically up and down in the frame. They can open wide from either the top or the bottom, but they remain inside the frame so they don't protrude out to the exterior or interior of the house. On a single-hung window, only the bottom part of the window operates while the top part remains stationary.
These hinged windows operate by a turn of a crank in an operating mechanism. They can be hinged on the left or the right to open outward.
Hinged at the top, awning windows open outward to let in air from the left or right and the bottom. They can be installed above, below or alongside a stationary or operating window.
This variety is a large stationary window that lets in the maximum amount of light and views of the outdoors.
A narrow window that can be either operating to let in air or non-operating (stationary) and mounted above a door or window to let in more light.
Gliding along a track, sliding windows have at least one operating window that slides horizontally over or past the other window. They are most often used in modern- or contemporary-style houses.
These windows do not open, but they can be customized in nearly any angle or shape you desire. They are often found in modern- or contemporary-style houses in conjunction with operating windows.
Bay or Bow Window
Generally, bay or bow windows give you more interior space, as they protrude out from the exterior of the siding of the house. They are a combination of windows often with a stationary window in the middle flanked by either double-hung windows or casements.
Source: HGTV - Peter Walsh
As usual, should you be interested in buying or selling a home, or for any further information regarding your home, please contact me, Karen Borden, your North Alabama Real Estate Professional!