If you’re renovating your home or building a new one, there are countless decisions you will have to make. This is a stressful time, but also a time when you can let your creativity shine through and be reflected in your home.
One of those decisions is the type of windows you want to have installed. If you’ve not given this topic too much thought, here is a handy guide about advantages and disadvantages of the most common types of windows shared by experts at Nu Look Home Design.
The classic window of American homes. Even though you may not know the name, you’ve certainly seen these windows. They consist of two panes of glass one above the other. The lower pane slides up and down along the vertical track. The modern version of double hung windows the panes are counterbalanced by a spring or hydraulic piston in the side track.
These traditional windows are largely used in classic-looking houses which means that you will have a lot of options both in terms of sizes, manufacturers, colors and other factors that might be important to you. Keep in mind that the mechanism requires a bit of maintenance to ensure smooth operation in the years you’ll be using these windows.
This type of windows is prevalent in Europe, and is quite common in the US as well. These windows open horizontally. The hinges are on the outer sides of windows, and the while pane opens (typically towards the outside) very much like a door would.
Casement windows are second-most common type of windows in the US, and they are slowly taking over from double hung windows. Due to the wider opening than double hung windows, these windows are much better at circulating air, which explains why they’re becoming more popular.
It is important to note that strong gusts of wind can damage these windows when they are fully open, so if you live in an area which is prone to strong winds, it’s a point to consider.
Similar to casement windows, awning windows use a mechanical crank to open and close. The only difference is that awning windows are opening from the bottom side, whereas the top is fixed. These windows are often used for bathrooms because they tend to give more privacy if the glass is opaque.
Similarly, due to their opening angle, they are often used in basements and for other low windows – because they offer more protection than other types of windows. Another reason why these are commonly in use is because they can be opened in the rain. The angle of opening protects the inside from the rain falling from most angles.
Sliding Windows (and Doors)
Sliding windows are pretty self-explanatory. The window panes move sideways mounted on top and bottom tracks. However, unlike double hung windows, these windows have no mechanism which makes them much more durable and simple.
These used to be a very popular solution for balconies and rooms that open towards the backyard. Seeing how they have no opening and closing mechanism, they are very useful in areas where they will be opened and closed constantly – less wear and tear than any other type of windows.
The sliding windows are falling out of fashion, but sliding doors with the same operating mechanism are still very popular for patio doors.
This is by no means a complete list of window types, but these are the most common ones in homes across the US. Knowing the pros and cons of each type may help you decide which ones to install in your own home.