There are countless different types of replacement windows. If you want to give your home a new look, replacing your windows is a great place to start.
What Kinds of Replacement Windows Are Available?
The amount of windows options is practically effortless. There are many different base styles, with individual add-ons that can make your life even easier. Here are a few basics:
- Double hung: These windows use two panes and open vertically. Either pane can move, and they stay within the frame.
- Single hung: This is virtually identical to double hung, but only the bottom slides upward.
- Casement: These windows have a single large pane the opens outward with the help of a crank.
- Picture: Picture windows don’t move, but they feature large panes and gorgeous views. Sometimes homeowners select floor-to-ceiling picture windows.
- Sliders: Easy to operate for people with hand or back pain, sliders have a modern feel and slide left or right effortlessly.
- Bay: Bay windows (and similar bow windows) usually feature several fixed windows that extend outward from the home. Sometimes casements appear on the sides.
What Are the Best Replacement Windows?
The best window style to choose depends a lot on your home’s personality and your design vision. Some windows look sleek and modern, while others have a warm and intimate feel. For example, it’s hard to beat the relaxation factor of curling up with a good book near a gorgeous bay window.
You’ll also want to consider your home’s lighting needs when selecting new windows. Do you love bright and airy bedrooms? You should choose a large window with plenty of glass to let abundant light inside, such as a casement-style window. For a classic country feel with modern energy efficiency, single-hung windows are an excellent choice.
You’re not forced to go with the same type of windows you used to have; if you want to replace old double-hung windows with a casement or sliding window, you absolutely can, as long as the size matches. For a bay window, you may need to ask your window installer to enlarge the window opening, but the style difference is worth the investment.