Purchasing new windows for your Seattle home can be an overwhelming process, typically involving a number of choices like the material, color or features. However, one of the most important choices you’ll make is the style of windows you purchase. Today, manufacturers are producing a wide variety of window styles making it easier than ever to find the right choice for your home. However, if you’re having difficulty deciding which style is the right fit for you, we suggest reading our short buyers guide below, discussing the benefits and disadvantages of some popular styles currently on the market.
Single- or Double-Hung Windows
Single- and double-hung windows are popular in homes where wall space is limited. They work by having two sashes installed, one over the other, often with one movable sash and one sash that’s fixed in place. Since these windows don’t open outward like casement windows, they are perfect for homes that have plants or trees located close to the home. They are also considerably safer for children and pets, since in most cases the top sash is lowered while the bottom sash stays in place. However, these windows may not be the best choice if you’re trying to showcase a view or are looking for an unobstructed view, since both sashes cannot be opened at the same time.
Casement windows function similar to a traditional door, by opening outward. They are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and materials making them an easy fit for any home. These windows are also perfect for homes with a view, since they have no sash frame and open without obstruction. Casement windows are easy to function and typically come with a crank mechanism. However, if you have a walkway or sitting area located directly outside, these windows may take up too much space for your home when fully opened.
Bay windows are the perfect choice for opening up a room or adding additional storage or seating. Bay windows are made with 3-6 window panels installed at an angle to create a 360 view. Often used to create an extra seating area, bay windows are perfect for creating reading nooks or extra space around a dining table. While bay windows can feature sliding panels, they are typically not designed to open and close, rather to show off a view.
With so many options to choose from, it’s important to keep in mind the specific needs of your home while shopping for your Seattle, WA windows style. At Signature Windows we have helped homeowners find their perfect window style for decades, and are here to help you do the same. If you would like to begin shopping for your dream windows today, we suggest speaking with a Signature Windows expert who can answer all of your question and help you narrow down the best styles for your home. To speak with an expert today, give us a call at 253-887- 7792 or visit us in person at 1604 15th St. SW #110 Auburn, WA 98001.