Choosing the type of windows that are right for your home during a window replacement process is a big decision. One option is likely preferable to another depending upon your aesthetic, functional, and budget goals and preferences, and understanding your options can help you make informed decisions.
Types Of Windows To Consider For Your Replacement
There are more than a dozen window style options to consider for your window replacement needs. Some of the more common types that are recommended by professional window contractors are double hung, casement, bay, bow, skylight, awning, garden, and arched windows. The following is a more detailed review of each option.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows have a top and a bottom sash, whereas a single hung window only has one sash that moves. Both sashes with double hung windows open vertically. They offer a more traditional look, and new double hung windows still provide optimal aesthetic appeal. You can choose between vinyl and wood options and ensure you have the optimal size for your replacement windows.
Casement windows swing open to the side or up rather than opening vertically like single hung and double hung windows. They contain two sashes, one on the left side and another on the right side. Casement windows offer a clearer view with no obstruction. They work well for filling larger window spaces and offer a more modern and innovative approach to home design.
Bay windows extend out from the wall and create shelf or sitting space in the opening. They typically consist of three separate windows. Bay windows are stylish options and offer extra space inside your home and allow for optimal sunlight to shine through. However, they cost more than single hung or double hung windows.
Bow windows are similar to bay windows as they extend further out from the wall than traditional single pane or double pane windows. However, they differ from bay windows as they provide more of a curved and round look than bay windows. They often include more than three window panes and can subsequently be more costly than bay windows.
Skylight windows are becoming increasingly popular in homes throughout northern Virginia. They are a great way to increase the amount of natural light in your home while still maintaining privacy in your home.
They are also a great option if you have limited space for windows on your walls. There are a range of skylight window types to consider. On average, they are relatively affordable but cost more than traditional single pane or double pane windows.
Awning windows are a unique window option that provide a water-resistant awning when they are opened. This is ideal for homes that are in areas that receive a fair amount of rain throughout the year. Awning windows offer the same level (or greater) aesthetic appeal to alternative window options but provide the unique benefit of allowing you to open them even if it is raining.
Garden windows follow the similar model of bay windows. They extend out from the wall and create a shelf space, upon which plants can be placed. This essentially creates a small greenhouse inside your home, offering aesthetic appeal and the range of health benefits that plants inside your home can provide.
Arched windows are attractive options that work well for more traditional-style homes as well as ones that are more modern. They typically do not open but instead primarily serve the purpose of aesthetic appeal and allowing natural light. They are on average much larger than other window types and subsequently offer the benefit of maximum natural light to shine through. They also look great with curtains as well.
How To Choose The Best Solution For Your Window Replacement Needs
The type of windows that are best for your home is dependent upon the types of existing windows you have, the style of your home, your budget, and your personal preference. If you have an ample amount of window space, then larger window styles such as arched, bay, or bow windows may work best.
If you have less space for windows or prefer more privacy, then skylight, single hung, or double hung windows may be better solutions. Of course, the best way to determine which window type is best for your window replacement needs is to discuss your options with a licensed contractor.
Contact Adelphia Exteriors To Start The Window Replacement Process
Adelphia Exteriors offers window replacement services for homeowners in the northern Virginia area. If you would like more information about your window replacement options or know what you want and are ready to begin, contact our dedicated and professional team today. We are glad to assist you throughout the window replacement process.