How To Find The Perfect Windows for Your Home

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When it’s time to replace the windows in your home, many considerations come into play. Window replacement is more than just getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. It’s about enhancing the interior and exterior beauty of the home, as well as maintaining the comfort level inside the home. Let’s take a look at some of the things you should be looking for when shopping for the perfect exterior windows for your home.

Get the Right Style for the Window Installation

Replacement windows come in a variety of styles and sizes.

Sliding windows

Sliding windows are a great choice if you’re looking for affordable, energy efficient windows. Only half of the window can be opened at a time.

Double-hung windows

Double hung windows have an outside and inside sash that allows both halves of the window to be opened. In many modern installations, double hung windows can be tilted, rotated or removed for easy cleaning.

Casement windows

Casement windows are most often used in new constructions. These windows operate by crank, which swings the window open from the frame. Casement windows open completely, making them a great choice for ventilation.

Picture windows

Also called accent windows, picture windows include bay and bow window styles. From round to rectangle and everything in between, this style of window can be almost any shape.

Glass block windows

Glass block windows are made of thick, frosted glass. They enhance a home’s privacy and security while allowing plenty of light to stream in.

Skylights

Skylights are installed in the ceiling. Their typically small size and light weight make them a great choice for natural lighting that takes up minimal space. Many skylights are pre-assembled and because they are small, they fit easily between supports without the need for cutting or reinforcing.

Storm windows

Storm windows are an economical option for energy efficiency. They are mounted on the outside of existing windows and add an extra layer of insulation against extreme temperatures.

One of the keys to choosing the perfect window for your home is assessing your surroundings. Take a walk around your home and find out how the sun hits it throughout the day. You don’t want the first rays of sunlight waking you up early in the morning, and you don’t want a low afternoon sun shading your office in darkness. The perfect window installation will address these types of issues.

Replacement Window Materials

There are as many material options as there are styles when it comes to shopping for replacement windows. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and not all will work for every installation.

  • Wood
  • Clad-wood
  • Aluminum
  • Vinyl
  • Low-emissive glass
  • Safety glass

This short guide gives you a beginning look into what you should consider when shopping for new windows for your home. In some instances, window repair may solve your issues, but window replacement is the right idea, especially if your current windows are old, cracked or otherwise less than energy efficient.