Windows perform several important functions. They insulate the home, protect against intruders, let in natural light, and contribute to ventilation. The functionality often depends on the style. And there are so many window types to consider when deciding on replacement windows in Redmond, WA. How do you find the right products to use in your home? Here are the top styles builders prefer:
1. Casement Windows
Casement windows are a standard for a lot of reasons. These windows hinge at the side of the frame. With a hand crank they open outward. And because the entire sash opens, these windows have a large ventilation area. And when closed, casement windows latch tight against the frame and even if the wind blows against them it creates an even tighter seal. They are highly efficient and secure windows. One thing to note is they work well in almost any room, but because they project outside they do not work well along outdoor walkways.
2. Awning Windows
Awning windows are very similar to casement windows. But instead of hinging at the side, awning windows hinge at the top. They get their name because the sash creates a roof over the opening. This allows you to open the windows for ventilation, even on rainy days. These windows work in most rooms, but like casement windows are not ideal along with outdoor walking or living spaces.
3. Picture Windows
Pictures windows are some of the most affordable windows on the market. They do not open and close. They are fixed, which means there are no moving parts to worry about. Because of that they are also are some of the most versatile windows. They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes so you can certainly find a picture window to suit your home.
4. Sliding Windows
Sliding windows are also a popular choice for builders. These windows are typically wider than they are tall. The simple operation is one pane sliding horizontally across a fixed pane. These windows are great for natural airflow, but still only half of the opening works for ventilation. The good news is these windows do not require any extra space to open, so they work well in all areas of the home regardless of what is happening outside.
5. Single and Double Hung Windows
These are very similar to sliding windows. The difference is these windows operate by sliding up and down instead of side to side. And with single hung windows only one sash operates. With double hung windows both sashes operate. One great advantage of double hung windows is you can open the top and the bottom simultaneously to foster natural airflow. Cool air breezes in through the bottom and warm air pushes out the top. And like sliding windows, these work well almost anywhere because they do not project outside to open.
For help finding the right style for replacement windows in Redmond, WA you should consult with a window professional. Contact the experts at Signature Window & Door Replacement. We have over 30 years in the industry to make sure you receive the best possible service with no high-pressure sales tactics.