With So Many Options, How To Choose the Right Windows for Your House In Four Easy Steps!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Choosing new windows for your home is a big decision: you want them to look great, do their job well and match your home’s unique style. It’s easier than you may think to get just what you want, even with so many different options to choose from. Use these four keys to help you decide on the perfect windows for you budget and your style.
First Key: Function
Decide how you want each window to operate. Here are the basic window types, each has benefits in particular situations, so most likely you’ll choose more than one type if you’re replacing a lot of windows or designing a new house.
Awning: Hinged at the top, these windows open outward.
Bay and Bow: Center units usually stationary with operating end units.
Casement: This type of window opens out, with the help of a crank, to the right or the left.
Double-hung: These windows are flush with the wall and can slide open vertically, making them perfect for places that call for some fresh air now and then.
Gliding: Similar to double-hung windows but with a more contemporary look, gliding windows allow at least one sash to slide horizontally past the other.
Picture: Perfect for bringing light or a pretty view into a room, these windows don’t open and are often combined with other types of windows for added ventilation.
Specialty: These are stationary windows with a particularly dramatic element such as a curve or a unique angle. Choose specialty windows when you want to make a bold statement.
Key Two: Glass
There are two main points to consider when you’re deciding on glass for your windows: energy efficiency and budget.
In most cases, double-pane windows will give you the insulation you need for energy efficiency and noise reduction but if you’re in a particularly cold climate or noisy location you may want to consider triple-pane windows. While they are better at keeping cold and noise at bay, they also cost more.
Once you have the basics down, you can explore added options such as glass that keeps out unwanted heat—but not light; or glass that can block particular kinds of ultraviolet light that is damaging to fabrics and furniture.
Key Three: Interior and Exterior Trim
Most interior window trims (or casings) are made of wood, a traditional choice, or cellular PVC, a modern alternative that is lighter and cheaper to produce. Both types come in a variety of shapes and styles and can be painted to match the room.
Traditionally window exteriors were trimmed with wood or aluminum and while those may look nice, they do require upkeep and in some cases, periodic replacement. Vinyl trim requires very little maintenance and is constructed to add insulation to your windows, making them a popular choice.
Key Four: Grilles
Grilles are bars that divide a window into smaller parts, but more importantly they add personality and compliment the style of your home both inside and out. Choices are seemingly limitless. You can aim to match existing windows, create an illusion so that stationary windows have the look of double-hung windows or frame a view in a particular way so that the whole room is enhanced.
Call us here at JFK Window and Door at 513.851.1000 for a free estimate on your next window or door replacement project.