Spring is in the air!
And with it, naturally, comes spring cleaning. It’s time to dust off the tops of shelves, mop the floors, and clean the windows. Or, at least, TRY cleaning the windows. After a long, cold winter, you might find that condensation has left your windows streaky and cloudy, with no hope of getting them clean.
Sound familiar? You might be ready for a window replacement.
Window replacements have all sorts of benefits, including:
- Increased natural light exposure
- Better curb appeal
- Increased Resale Value
- Aesthetic appeal
However, if you’ve been in the market for windows before, you’ll know how overwhelming it can be. After all, these days, there are more types of windows than you can shake a stick at!
No need to stress, though! Today, we’ll be taking you through all of your different window options to help you discover which one is right for you.
When to Consider Replacing Your Windows
Replacing your windows is one of those big decisions that most homeowners will face at some point or another. However, it can be difficult to decide when the right time to pull the trigger is! After all, windows are a significant financial investment.
Here are some of the most common signs that your windows are on their last leg:
- Poor Energy Efficiency – While we might not think of them as such, windows are important when it comes to insulating your house against the outside weather. However, as windows age, their insulating power decreases significantly. On top of that, if you live in an older home, your windows likely don’t have the same insulating technologies that are commonplace today. If you’ve been dealing with drafty rooms and higher-than-normal energy bills, it may be time to switch up your windows.
- Hard to Clean – Many windows have double panes, which help them to insulate your home. Unfortunately, it can also make cleaning next to impossible. When water or condensation gets trapped between the two layers of glass, it can leave streaks and spots that you simply cannot get out.
- Cracked Panes – It may seem obvious, but if your window panes have cracks, you’ll want to get them repaired as soon as possible. Cracks can widen over time and lead to both environmental and security risks.
- Damaged Window Frame – The same goes for your window frame! Not only can a damaged window frame let cold air from outside in your home, but it can also let in moisture, which can lead to mold and rot.
- Hard to Open & Close – If your windows feel “stuck” when you try to open or close them, it is time to talk to a window professional!
10 Types of Windows for Your Home
With so many options on the market, how do you decide what window style is right for you? Take a look at our list of 10 window styles, along with their pros and cons.
1) Single Hung Windows
Single-hung windows are one of the most commonly used types of windows for modern homes. In fact, it’s more than likely that you already have them in your own!
Single-hung windows open vertically from the bottom of the window. They typically can only open about half the height of the window. We love them for their superior ventilation and how budget friendly they are.
However, keep in mind that this is also the window style most likely to develop problems opening and closing over time.
2) Double Hung Windows
Double-hung windows are the fancier cousin of single-hung windows. A double-hung window also opens vertically but can open from both the top and bottom. The downside of this particular window style is similar to single-hung windows, but it does boast the upside of bringing in even more ventilation to your home.
3) Bay Windows
Bay windows don’t just add natural light to your home. They also add interest and extra square footage!
These gorgeous architectural windows bump out from your wall, creating the perfect little nook to cozy up with a book or look out onto your garden.
While we love a bay window, it’s worth noting that they are one of the most expensive options on this list, with a longer installation time. It also requires you to have the space to expand, which may not be possible for every home.
4) Sliding Windows
Sliding windows are a common type of window for those who like an easy, budget-friendly option. Sliding windows open horizontally without taking up any extra square footage. We love using sliding windows in areas of the home that are tight on space.
That being said, they aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing option, which is why you’ll often find them in basements, where they can be kept out of sight.
5) Casement Windows
It doesn’t get much more classic than a casement window!
Casement windows are one of the older forms of windows that operate on a crank system. They swing open to the exterior of your home, which allows you to have access to optimal airflow.
Casement windows are beautiful and timeless but require you to have the space to allow your windows to swing outwards. They are also not the sturdiest window option, as the crank is prone to breaking over time.
6) Picture Windows
If you’re lucky enough to look out onto a beautiful view, why not make use of a gorgeous picture window? Unlike other window styles on this list, picture windows are not designed to be open. Rather, they are used to create, well…a picture!
Picture windows are large sheets of glass that are installed on your wall to give you maximum access to natural light and the views around you.
7) Bow Windows
Bow windows are similar to a bay window in the sense that it curves outward. However, where bay windows actually create a nook in your house, bow windows typically do not extend to the floor. This is a great option for those who like the architectural detail of a bay window but are looking for a cheaper option.
8) Glass Blocks & Decorative Glass
Do you have an existing window that you wish came with a little more privacy? Why not replace is with decorative glass!
Decorative glass can range from a statement-making stained glass piece or glass blocks. This allows you to keep the structure of the window and let in light, without having the neighbors be able to peer into rooms you don’t want them to see into.
9) Awning Windows
Awning windows are commonly used in basements. This type of window hinges at the top and opens outward. It’s a great choice if you are working with a small space that you want to ventilate, but they aren’t exactly known for their beauty. We recommend saving these for out-of-sight areas of your home.
Is a skylight a window? We say it is! Skylights are large pieces of glass that are inserted into your ceiling. Skylights can make a small space feel more open and increase natural light in darker rooms.
Work With the Best!
Ready to get started on your new window installation? You need the team at Shingle and Metal Roofs! Our experts are ready to take on any and all of your home improvement projects, from roofing to siding and windows. Contact us today for a free estimate on your window installation!