When building or remodeling your home, there’s always a lot to choose from, especially when it comes to windows. When shopping for replacement windows for your home in the Atlanta, Marietta, Alpharetta, Georgia or surrounding areas, you’ll not only want to take into account the materials used and the pros and cons of each design, but the style of window that looks the most aesthetically pleasing on your house. This guide will go over the six most popular window styles in modern houses.
Fixed windows are just what they sound like: panes of glass fixed on a frame that does not open. They both make a home look very modern and are the best type of window when it comes to insulating your home and therefore are most energy-efficient. The major downside is that they cannot be opened on a pleasant day, which requires the use of fans or air conditioning or heating. You also can’t get fresh air into your house through them.
Slider windows have one side that is fixed and the other that slides horizontally to the side. They are one of the easiest window types to open and provide very good air circulation. The downside is that slider windows can look rather basic on a home and can collect water in the sills. They were most popular in the 1950s and 1960s.
Double Hung Windows
Perhaps the most familiar and popular type of window, double hung windows have two sashes that each slide up and down vertically. Many window manufacturers make this type of window so you should be able to get a very competitive low price on them. However, they can be a safety hazard, especially if you have children, as children can fall out of them easily or the window could slide closed onto a body part.
Skylights are installed in ceilings or on upper walls and can be opened by crank or motor. They provide lovely natural light, increased ventilation and lower heating bills. The major downsides are that they are difficult to clean, can easily become leaky or drafty and can be very expensive to install.
Casement windows have a hinge on one side while the other opens like a door. They offer good ventilation by funneling outside air into your home and close tightly enough to be very energy-efficient, which keeps out drafts. They require cranks to open and the mechanisms can break easily. Large casement windows can also be heavy enough to be difficult to close and latch.
Awning windows open outwards, creating their namesake. Awning windows more easily prevent rain and snow from entering your home. Cons include that they’re difficult to clean and can obstruct walkways outside.
These six styles are by no means the only ones on the market, but they certainly are the most common. If you’d like to know more or to get a FREE no cost, no obligation, absolutely no pressure estimate simply give us a call or fill out our online form.
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