Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Choosing Replacement Windows

Choosing replacement windows is a multifaceted process with many different layers to it. There are different decisions to make on the surface and others that will follow up those main ones. For example, each homeowner will need to decide what type of window to buy. But the answer may not be the same in all parts of the house. Different areas may call for different types or styles of replacement windows. A double hung may work in the bedroom or the living room, but a casement or even an awning window may work out best in the bathroom.

And on top of type there is always the question of frame material. Some people are purists and insist on only strong, natural wooden replacement windows for their homes. But others point to all of the good qualities of vinyl and quickly sign on for that substrate for their replacements. There are other areas of discussion that even go further out beyond the scope of this piece: items such as the question of whether to include mullions, how to screen the window, and the style of the interior window trim. But for our purposes, a brief highlight of a few lines of thought on window type and frame material will serve to represent the many different questions we face when choosing replacement windows.

Replacement Window Types

Choosing one type over another is sometimes easy. But other times it is not so simple. If all other things were equal, we might be more apt to elect to include a picture window in our living rooms in lieu of two or three successive double hung units. But the potential expense comes in and muddies up that discussion. Ideas on preference and performance have to be balanced out against acknowledgment of cost so that we can be sure we end up choosing the appropriate types for around the house.

In some areas the right answer might seem obvious but certain alternatives are actually just as attractive and functional. When this is the case, choosing replacement windows that best agree with the overall design is best. In other words, we need to pay attention to the patterning of the windows on the exterior of the home as well as what they look like and how they might work inside. If that bathroom window is in a direct line with two different double hung bedroom units, chances are it needs to be double hung as well or it would never look right, even if functionally the idea of an awning type window sounds intriguing at the very least.

Benefits of Vinyl Windows

Much like the process of choosing types and styles, there is kind of a logical progression to choosing frame material as well. Choosing replacement windows at first might seem like it can almost be an emotional thing, like we can make impulsive choices to counteract some measure of sterility in the home design we've been enduring all these years. Yet that same perceived sterile touch is also what makes a design non offensive and really invisible to visitors, and someday, what will make it work for potential buyers as well.

Choosing replacement windows materials should work something like this: the default or former material should be preserved unless there is some good reason not to preserve it. In the case of switching from wood to vinyl, a good reason might be that the old wood frames rotted or were too hard to maintain. Taller homes tend to be more troublesome in this regard. Choosing replacement windows based on an honest assessment of what will and will not work over time is a good way to go. Sometimes choosing vinyl is kind of like waving the white flag and admitting you're never going to get the ladder out and repaint those back uppers once they're installed.

Advantages of Wood Replacement Windows

Wood replacement windows do have certain advantages over vinyl, of course. And there are times when they really ought to be selected even if the ones they're replacing are rotting from lack of maintenance. Choosing replacement windows in wood is appropriate and probably correct when the entire home is old fashioned and there is a significant amount of exposed wood in the exterior design. For example, if the siding as well as the fascia and soffit are all wood and none of them is covered by aluminum or any other material, choosing replacement windows in wood makes the most sense.

Replacement windows should flow with the rest of the home's architecture, particularly on the exterior. Choosing a replacement window based on this principle helps you pick the correct material. Again, a simple rule of thumb: in choosing replacement windows, stick with the existing material unless there's good reason to do otherwise.

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