If your house has old windows, your best bet is to replace them with energy-efficient, double pane ones. This can reduce your cooling and heating bills and add value and curb appeal to your home. Selecting the right windows for your house can be a big project, especially deciding between the different shapes and styles to choose from. Windows are a big investment and can last for around 20 years. Do your research and check around before coming to a decision on what kind would be best for your home.
New or Replacement
What’s the difference between new windows and replacement windows? New windows are typically installed when you want to change the shape or size of the window opening and put in a whole new window in that space. This usually needs the work of a contractor to do the installation process and the carpentry surrounding it. New windows don’t usually cost more than replacement windows, but the labor around creating the new shape and size of the opening is where it adds up.
For replacement windows, the installation process includes removing the old window without doing anything to the frame, and then putting in a new window of the same size and shape. There is less labor during a replacement window installation, hence a lower price. Depending on the manufacturer, replacement windows can be a stock size or can be easily ordered to have a custom fit.
After deciding whether you want replacement or new windows, the next step is to pick out the style you’d like. There are four basic and popular styles:
Single or Double Hung Windows
These are some of the most common windows found in homes. They are made up of two separate panes of glass which open and close by sliding up or down. A single hung window opens from the bottom by sliding up and a double hung window can be opened from either sliding up or down. Double hung windows are great for making air flow through your home and are good for if you have smaller children. They can prevent them from falling out of a window.
Casement windows usually have one big pane of glass that is vertically hinged and opens from swinging it outward. There is a lever towards the bottom that allows you to open and close it.
Awning windows are hinged toward the top and create the appearance of an awning. You open them by tilting the window out from the bottom. They are popular windows in bathroom as well as areas along the coast.
Slider windows slide open from side to side and are great for rooms that have limited space on the outside of the home in that area.
Which Ones Should I Pick For My Home?
Reviewing the options available and seeing how your home functions can help you choose the right windows for you. Knowing the different styles and the difference between replacement windows and new ones can make a difference in choosing, as well.
Choosing A Window Contractor
There are many ways to find a quality window contractor, but you should try to pick windows first and then find a contractor. Precision Remodeling & Construction can provide you with window installation services. Contact us for more information!