One of the most important choices you’ll have to make for your home – whether it’s being built or renovated – are the windows. You don’t want to make an error here. Windows are essentially your home’s eyes and they can make or break, not only the look of your home, but its overall value.
There are so many things to consider besides aesthetics, although that’s important too. Should they be single hung, double hung, bay or bow windows, casement windows, single tilt sliders? Let’s take a look at some of your choices.
New versus replacement
Firstly, new windows is usually the choice if you want to change the size or shape of existing windows. They usually cost more because of the additional labour needed. Replacement windows involves removing the old windows without changing the trim or frame. Since less labour is needed, replacements aren’t as expensive to install as new windows.
Picking the style
Most houses have either single or double hung windows. The difference between the two is that a single opens from the bottom only while its cousin – double hung – opens from the bottom or top.
Sliders are exactly that – they slide open from the side and are a great choice when there isn’t enough room for swinging windows.
Windows that tilt out from the bottom are known as awning windows. You see them mostly in bathrooms.
Casement windows open like doors and are usually more vertical than horizontal. They’re perfect for a more modern space.
Selecting the glass
It’s not just about style. The type of glass in the window is important too. Most homeowners don’t even consider single pane glass anymore. Double pane is the most popular these days unless you live in a pretty cold climate in which case you may opt for triple pane. They are the most energy efficient.
You’ll also need to consider the style of your home. For instance, you wouldn’t want to install floor to ceiling windows that belong in a more modern home in more classic homes like Colonials- or Georgian-style homes.
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