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Understanding Window Styles

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In blogs earlier this month, we covered shingle styles and siding styles, so today, of course, is all about window styles. Replacement windows are one of the easiest ways to improve the curb appeal and comfort of your home. Before you speak with a window installation company you should understand the most common replacement window styles.

Single Hung and Double Hung Windows

These are by far the most common window choice. Chances are good that the majority of the windows in your home are one of these two options. The difference between single and double hung windows is how they open. In a single hung window only the bottom sash opens up. In a double hung window, the bottom sash opens up and the top sash opens down. The benefit of a double hung window is increased air flow and less risk of a child falling out of an open window. Double hung windows are more expensive than their single counterparts.

Casement Windows

Casement windows can add a charming look to your home but they have a purpose as well. When hung in pairs, they resemble a French door. If you have a window over a sink, tub, or in another hard to reach place, a casement window might be the perfect solution. Because casement windows open with a hand crank and are mounted on a side hinge, they are a great option when you can’t reach to lift open a single hung window style. One drawback is that the screen of these windows is on the inside which some homeowners don’t care for.

Sliding Windows

Just like your sliding glass door, these windows slide to open. They also work well in places that make opening a window up and down difficult. Some models allow both sashes to open allowing for better ventilation. If you rely on a window air conditioning unit for cooling, you shouldn’t choose sliding or casement windows.

Bay, Box, and Bow Windows

These window styles are all similar in that they expand your space. They are all great options if you want to create more light and in some cases a little more space in your home. Keep in mind that not all styles allow the windows to be opened so if airflow is a primary desire, be sure to talk to your window installation company before choosing a window.

Once you’ve chosen the type of window you want, you’ll need to decide on a frame color, grid style, number of panes, and if you’re going to have a gas filled window. When you work with a professional window installation company like Cooley Roofing and Construction, you get a company who can offer many options and answer all your questions. Call us today at (336) 766-6488 to get started on your new windows today.