Types of Windows: The Ultimate Replacement Guide

Windows are a key element in your home.  They take up a lot of wall space and can make or break the style of your home.  Even though you use your windows daily, you may take them for granted.  However, in our beautiful Puget Sound region, they are a vital part of your life!  They affect light, view, temperature, ventilation, and the energy-efficiency of your home.  When choosing new windows for your home, you want to select the materials and styles that suit your needs.

Do you need replacement windows?

Are your windows rotten? Are they fogging?  Are you feeling a draft in certain rooms?  These are all factors in the health of your windows.

If you are experiencing drafts, it means you are sending your temperature controlled air right out the window.  Literally.  Which means your utility bills are probably a lot higher than you would like them to be.  Figuring out whether you need replacement windows in Seattle, WA is the first step in the process.

What is the best window style?

The best window style is the one that fits your taste and the style of your home.   You don’t even have to stick to one style of window throughout your home.  Here are three of the most popular window styles for you to consider in your Seattle home:

Double-Hung Windows

This classic style has an upper sash and a lower sash.  Both portions of the window can slide up and down.  Only one side can be open at a time, while the other remains in place.  (You have the option of opening either the top or the bottom.)  These windows are always popular.  You can tilt them into the house to clean the exterior, which makes upper story window washing much safer.  They are also a great choice if you have small children or pets who might be at risk if the lower sash were open.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are another popular style for Seattle homes.  Casements operate by cranks and hang on hinges.  They can swing outward or inward, giving you flexible ventilation options based on the weather.  If it’s raining, you may want to angle them outward to keep the rain on the glass and not your floor.  On sunny days, you may want to angle them inward to give the breeze full access.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are usually large and let in the greatest amount of light.  They are stationary and do not open or close at all.  A picture window will allow you to maximize your views.  If you have a view of Mt. Rainier or the Puyallup valley, you want to get the most out of it!

Picture windows are often paired with operational windows to give you ventilation options.

When you are ready to learn more about these and other window options, contact Signature Window & Door Replacement at 253.431.0741.  It is our goal to provide the highest quality products and customer service to every homeowner we serve.  You are welcome to visit our showroom and see full-size window samples yourself!  We are located at 1604 15th St SW #110, Auburn, WA  98001.

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