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

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

AWNING 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.

SLIDER/GLIDER
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.

DOUBLE HUNG
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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Sliding Replacement Windows

Sliding replacement windows, which are also called gliding windows, offer the biggest possible glass area of any operable window. These are perfect for areas where you want to take in the scenery outside but still want to be able to open up the sash for inside ventilation. They are also a perfect way to go when a projecting window might interfere with traffic areas outside like a deck or patio. Generally both sides of sliding replacement windows open and glide easily across their tracks. You can lift them out to clean so both sides can be maintained from the home's interior. In this way a sliding window is similar to a double hung.

A Popular Replacement Window

Sliding windows, which are also called sliders by some folks, are a very popular choice among replacement options. Functionally these are akin to a double hung installed sideways. The sideways sliding action is made much easier by the fact that the sash itself is supported on rollers, meaning that you do not have to do as much of the work getting the thing opened and closed. They are one of the nicest window options you can choose because they offer the great panoramic views of a picture window but combine it with the functionality and ventilation ability of the double hung. They offer a great snapshot of the backyard or the street and they are also extremely attractive on the outside of a house.

Sliding replacement windows are nice because they are so easy to keep clean. All you have to do is pop out a sash and clean up both sides of the pane, and then pop it back in. There is never any need to go outside to get this task done. Unlike windows that crank out, they are very easy to open and close. In fact this is how they the name "gliders" because even with large sashes, they just seem to glide open and closed effortlessly. And the sliding action saves space as opposed to cranking as well, meaning you don't have to account for three dimensional spaces being taken up when the unit is opened. So, even large sliding replacement windows are space savers versus small awning type units, strange as that may seem.

Basic Facts on Sliding Windows

Like many different replacement window types, sliding replacement windows come in a range of sizes. You can find them in very small sizes to provide bathroom ventilation, and on the large end you can see them as gliding glass patio doors, so going through a replacement windows comparison is very important when purchasing.

Sliding replacement windows are most notably made from a few select materials. Wood, aluminum, and vinyl are the most common frame and sash substrates. Wood ones can be pine or fur, and they typically come ready to paint or stain to match the home. Vinyl and aluminum slider replacement windows come in many different colors and are totally prefinished for your convenience. Colors can be chosen to blend in with the home or to create a contrast and stick out in a distinctive way.

Almost all sliding replacement windows will open the full length of the window, meaning the two sashes slide behind one another much like those of a double hung. Some of the features that they can come with include special weather stripping as well as insulated glass to increase energy efficiency. When they are properly installed and locked they stop drafts and help a room hold inside temperature and help the furnace or air conditioning unit to work more efficiently with less effort.

Benefits of New Replacement Windows

As with any high quality window unit, well built and properly installed sliding replacement windows can really help a home perform at its peak efficiency. Many people own high efficiency furnaces and air conditioners and do not even realize that these units cannot possibly come near to reaching their full potential without similarly efficient window units that stop drafts and prevent heat loss. A sliding window is just one of many great styles that homeowners have to choose from. Different styles work well in different situations and different rooms sometimes call for different models to be chosen. But even with that said, sliders are among the most versatile of all of them, because they can deliver such great performance in so many different situations and in so many different areas of the home.

Window replacement is a serious investment, and is not something that anyone should enter into lightly. Buyers need to consider all the pros and cons of any products they choose to buy before making a final decision. Every window has its place in the home and its advantages. But sliding replacement windows seems to have more than its fair share, owing to its versatility and tremendous ease of use and maintenance.

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