The windows in our homes let us see what is outside safely and let in light. They keep out weather and moisture when we want and let in fresh air when we open them. but windows don’t last forever and eventually may need to be replaced. Old, damaged, or single-pane windows should be replaced with new, energy-efficient models that will save on energy bills and make the home more comfortable and attractive. We have lots of choices for replacement window styles.
When Do You Need To Replace Windows?
Knowing when you need your windows replaced isn’t always easy and it is tempting to leave the old ones in place even when they are costing us money and making rooms drafty. But, replacing damaged or outdated windows can save money on heating and cooling bills and increase the value of your home. You do not have to use the same size or style of window, you can use the replacement process as a chance to change the style or size of the window to something that you like better. You can move a window to a more convenient spot in a room.
It is time to replace windows when they are damaged or do not fit tightly. Windows that are painted shut should be replaced. Windows that are single pane or double pane with broken seals need to be replaced. Now is the time to think about the existing window size, shape, and location. Replacement windows can be ordered that fit a room’s needs better.
Ideally, a homeowner can get financing to replace windows and siding at the same time. This way, if windows are located in different places, the new siding can hide all the changes on the outside of the house.
What Are 18 Kinds of Windows?
When it is time to replace existing windows in a home, the homeowners do not have to replace them with the same type or size of windows. There are lots of choices.
1. Single-hung windows have a top and bottom section with the bottom section opening up and down.
2. Double-hung windows have two parts that both move up and down. The parts may tilt out for easy cleaning. This is one of the most popular window types.
3. Arched windows have a top that forms an arch. These windows do not open and close and may be located above standard windows that do open.
4. Awning windows are good in areas that get a lot of rain. They open by the bottom edge swinging up and out forming a rainproof awning.
5. Bay windows stick out from an exterior wall to create a small shelf in the home. They are made of three flat windows set in an angled frame. This arrangement usually is made of a larger center window with a smaller angled window in each side of it.
6. Bow windows also stick out from the side of a house and are installed in a customer frame setup. They can be made up of multiple windows to form the bow. Five windows is a common number.
7. Casement windows swing out to the sides or up to open. The panels are made of solid glass and allow a better view of exterior areas. The most common casement window has two panels side by side swinging outward at the middle.
8. Egress windows are designed for home safety when a person needs to exit a room such as a basement bedroom during an emergency where they can not make it to a door. Egress windows installed in basement rooms may be below ground level and require the excavation of window wells on the exterior of the home.
9. Garden windows are like small greenhouses to grow plants. They also stick out from the exterior wall. Garden windows may be used in kitchens to grow cooking herbs and bring in more light.
10. Glass block windows let in light but do not open or close and they provide privacy.
11. Hopper windows open from the top by swinging into the room from the top. They make great use of limited space and are most commonly found in bathrooms and basements.
12. Jalousie windows are different from other windows in that they are divided into different slats of glass or metal and they open and close much like blinds. They are operated with a crank.
13. Picture windows are large fixed windows that allow an unobstructed view of the outside.
14. Round windows do not open and close and are mostly used for architectural drama. They can be round, oval, half-round, or elliptical.
15. Skylight windows are located in special framing in the roof to add more light to rooms. They can be fixed or open and close. Special engineering is needed to prevent these windows from leaking.
16. Sliding windows have two sections with one sliding over the other horizontally to open.
17. Storm windows are exterior windows that are added to the outside of existing windows to block drafts and prevent heat loss during the winter.
18. Transom windows are decorative windows often added around entry doors or other windows to add architectural detail and more light. They can be made in a semi-circle shape or square, or rectangular shapes.
In addition to these types of windows, there are custom windows such as window walls and sliding glass doors or French doors that provide light like windows but function as doors for entering and exiting a home. Costume window walls can be fixed or they can slide over one another to open a section of wall.
Windows commonly are sold in numerous standard sizes with an option to order the windows in custom sizes as needed for more cost. In a window replacement project, a combination of standard size and custom size windows may be ordered. Different styles of windows can be ordered according to each room’s needs. It is important to choose the correct style of window for each window location.
The best way to get just what you want for your home’s windows is to hire a trusted window replacement contractor who will work with you to get the correct windows for each space instead of talking you into one type of window everywhere.