Now that the decision is made to invest in new windows, there's the matter of deciding which type of windows would work best. One strategy is to replace those older windows with more of the same. Before using that as the default solution, why not talk with a contractor and compare the merits of different window designs? Here are three options that you should think about before making any final choices.
Instead of the traditional two sashes that raise and lower, consider the idea of going with casement windows. This particular design attaches to the window casing with the aid of hinges. The most common design includes two sashes with one hinged to the left side of the casing while the other is hinged to the right side. A contractor can ensure the sashes swing inward or outward, depending on your preferences.
There are several ways to go with the panes. One approach is to use double panes that include gas in between the two. This allows for the best possible insulation and will make it easier to control the temperature inside the home. You can also have decorative features added, such as including some type of lattice design with a series of small panes in each sash.
This window design is similar to a bay window, in that it will extend beyond the exterior wall. With this design, there is a little more space created in the room. Many people use the alcove created by the window design as space for reading or lounging.
The window design can be made using a series of casement windows that make it possible to open one or more and create air flow when the weather is nice. Using reinforced glass is a good idea, both in terms of insulation and in home security. Remember that the glass can be stained, frosted, or tinted to suit the taste of the owner and the decor used in the room.
An awing window may look like a casement window at first glance. What's different is the placement of the hinges. Rather than being hinged on the right and left, the awning window design calls for hinges along the top of the casement. That makes it easy to swing the bottom of the sash outward to allow air into the home.
A major plus of this design is that the window can be opened even if it's raining. Since it swings outward from the bottom, the homeowner can position it so no rain gets in but there is still the opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and listen to the sound of raindrops on the window panes.
These are only a few of the window designs that the homeowner can consider. Arrange for a contractor to visit the home and take a look at the windows slated for replacement. Talk about different designs and pay close attention to how well each one will work in terms of insulating properties, function, and blending in with the general style of the home. With a little planning, it won't be difficult to come up with the right choices and enjoy those new windows for years to come.