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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's Your Window Style - Part I

If you’re considering a window replacement project for your home or building a new home, it’s important to know what window styles you prefer.

When people refer to a “style” of window, they generally mean a description for the kind of operation the window unit has. Some of the most popular styles are Double Hung, Casement, Bay, Bow, Slider and Picture windows.

To gain a better understanding of what windows “do” and the benefits they offer, here’s a fast look at some window styles from the experts at Simonton Windows:

Double Hung – Both sash (top and bottom) operate independently on a Double Hung window. This allows you to keep the bottom sash closed and open the top sash for ventilation in the home. This is a great style choice if you have young children or pets at home because it enhances the ability to get fresh air into a room from the top of a window while keeping the bottom sash closed for safety.

Single Hung – Just the bottom sash opens upwards on this window and the top sash in inoperable.

Casement – The sash are hinged on the side and the window cranks open a full 90 degrees for maximum ventilation. A good option for older homeowners who don’t wish to strain their backs with the “push and pull” action of a Double Hung window.

Slider – You can have multiple window panels that slide open on a track with a Slider window. There’s also the option of having a “fixed stationary” panel that doesn’t open combined with a window panel that “slides and glides” open. Again, this is a great option for older homeowners since the sliding action of the window is easy on the back and shoulders.

Picture – A Picture window does not have the capability of opening at all. It’s a fixed unit usually installed to maximize views.

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