can provide you with convenient ventilation, ease of use,
superior natural light and cleaning convenience not found
in older windows. Today, windows come in many shapes and
squares, octagons and even round.
The more unique shaped windows usually don't
open, however, but provide a stylish design element and let light
into the home.
Ideally, the style of window should complement the design of your home whether
you are remodeling or building new. If you are remodeling and have a home with
single - hung windows, look for a replacement window to blend with your existing
architecture. If you live in a contemporary ranch with casement windows, then
stick with the same style when remodeling. If you plan to remodel in phases,
select the style that works best when the project is finally completed.
Windows that open and allow ventilation come in these basic styles:
The styles that are most appropriate for your project can depend on
a number of factors and which are most important.
- double- or single-hung windows
- sliding windows
- casement windows
- awning windows
- How you operate the window—slide them
up or down, left or right, or manually crank them out
- How much ventilation is needed
- What room are they being used in
- Which look best from the outside
- The location of the window and the amount of wall space available
- When code requires windows to be large enough for fire escape
Windows are typically available in single-hung, double-hung, horizontal
sliders, picture windows, awnings and casement styles. You can also special order
a wide variety of specialty shapes. Here is a look at the most common window
styles and configurations:
- Fixed Windows (Picture, Round Top, Arch Top, Specialty
- Horizontal Sliders (Single- and Double-Vent)
- Awning Window
Flexible Design Choices:
When combined with other technologies, the performance of
laminated glass is greatly enhanced. Add Low E coating
for maximum solar heat gain protection as well as increased
fade resistance. For all around, full year thermal performance,
use laminated glass in tandem with our insulating glass
has the effect of augmenting the sound dampening characteristics
of laminated glass, useful in areas of intense sound problems.
The most energy-efficient type of window is a double-pane
style filled with argon gas to slow heat transfer. It could
also have a special coating called "low-e" [low-emissivity],
which dissipates heat while letting light through.
Most window frame materials, including wood, vinyl or fiberglass,
offer approximately the same energy efficiency. Some manufacturers
offer vinyl clad aluminum frames as well.
Also keep in mind that wood window frames, can warp over time,
and require more maintenance than other materials.