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Windows 101: Understanding Different Types And Styles

Windows are, without a doubt, a core component of any building, whether it's a residential or commercial property. They not only allow natural light and fresh air to enter the space but also provide security and insulation. With a variety of types and styles available, choosing the right windows can seem overwhelming, but all it takes is a little bit of basic information, and you will be able to make a lot more informed decisions. This article will cover those basics relating to windows, including the different types and styles, so you can make an educated decision when it comes to your next window installation or replacement. 

Understanding Window Types

There are four main types of windows: single-hung, double-hung, casement, and sliding. Each type has its own unique features and benefits. Single-hung windows are almost certainly the most widely found type of window when entering into any home or business, and they consist of a bottom panel that moves up and down, while the top panel remains fixed. Double-hung windows operate similarly, but both the top and bottom panels can move up and down. Casement windows open outwards and are ideal for areas where ventilation is a priority. Sliding windows slide horizontally, making them a great option for spaces with limited vertical clearance. Some windows can not be opened at all, but generally, those are only installed in high-rise apartments and the like.

Important Features To Keep In Mind When Looking At Windows

There are a few important features of windows that you should bear in mind when deciding on what type you want. Insulation is a major one, and in colder climates, this can be life-changing. A double or even triple-paned window can make your home feel so much warmer and reduce your electricity bill to no end.  You should also consider whether or not you want them tinted at all, especially if your natural environment is very sunny or if the windows are facing the direction of sunrise or sunset. 

Window Materials

While there are potentially dozens of different materials a window can be made out of, there are really only a couple of feasible options that you should look at. Vinyl windows are affordable, low-maintenance, and energy-efficient. Wood windows are durable and offer a classic look, but require regular maintenance to prevent rot and warping, and most people prefer to paint them quite regularly so they don't look chipped. Aluminum windows are strong, lightweight, and resistant to rust and corrosion, and are great for those on a budget. Realistically, unless you are very confident in your own abilities, your window frames should be made from one of those three materials. All can be customized to some degree, so don't feel like this is a constraining selection.

Contact a local window installation service to learn more.