6 Types of Windows to Choose From When Re-Doing Your Home

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in West michigan construction, Window installation, Window replacement grand rapids

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If you are re-doing the windows on your house, then you will need to take a good look at what your options are depending on what your needs are. There are many different types of windows to choose from. You may be surprised at how many choices you are going to be faced with. It’s better to have an idea of what you want before sitting down with a decorator or contractor. It’ll make the process go a lot more smoothly. Figuring out your budget will narrow your options as well. Hopefully this window buying guide will give you a better idea of what is available to you.

Casement Windows
These type of windows have a hinge on either side and open outward when you turn the crank handle. The great thing about a casement window is that it has excellent ventilation because of how wide it can open. Also, at the same time the entire perimeter has a seal so that when it is shut it has a low air leakage rate and works well for noise reduction. However, this type of window only works in certain areas because of how its wings and some people find that the crank can get annoying.

Double Hung
These types of windows have two movable panels. In order to open the window you slide the panel upward or downward. The idea with this window is that the cool air will come in at the bottom and the warm air will go out of the top but the rail in the middle does obstruct your view somewhat which some people don’t like.

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This window doesn’t actually open but it’s great to have in a stairwell or something like that to brighten up the place. If you have a nice view from your house and this is a great way to showcase it. The obvious downfall here’s that there’s no ventilation from it. Cleaning can also be a hassle if the window is high up because it needs to be cleaned from the outside. This is a great window for single story houses.

Awning
You can think of these types of windows as cousins to the casement window but the hinges are at the top. These were great as a window at the top of the wall in order to let hot air out. The only bad thing about them is that it really only offers slight ventilation.

Gliding
These types of windows are pretty common. Most houses have similar kinds. This type has a moving panel that allows you to open the window to the left or to the right. Most people put screens on the side that moves so that the window can be left open but offer a sense of security and keep out bugs. However, only one side can be opened.

Skylight
This window installation is in the ceiling. It is also known as the roof window. Some cannot be opened but others can depending on the type. In order to clean the outside you would have to get on the roof and trying to install blinds can be difficult. You could get a remote controlled blind to make it easier.

As you can see you have a lot of options. This isn’t even all of them. So whether you are remodeling your home or buying a new one and she’s in windows for that, then it’s a good idea to document your needs and figure out which window would best serve that purpose. Keep in mind that having too many different kinds of windows in your house may look fairly odd. But a tactful mixture that is well balanced can bring character to the house. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and how you want your home to look. If you are having trouble deciding, then you may be able to get some advice from a professional decorator. Once they see you home, then they will be able to make some suggestions as to which windows will best work for your home and your needs. Don’t forget that it’s not just all about look. Windows are very functional if you use the right ones in the right places.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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