Modern house construction allows for more window replacement variety than ever before. When it’s time for a window remodel, arm yourself with insider knowledge so that you have a better understanding of the pros and cons of your options.
If you want airy, bright windows that can be placed in a number of combinations, awning windows are ideal. However, note that the inner screens aren’t great at keeping dust and dirt outside.
Bay windows can create a small nook where the sun shines in from multiple sides. If you choose windows that open, insects might be an issue as they don’t typically have screens.
Popular in kitchens, outward opening casement windows are fantastic for light and ventilation. These operate with cranks, which can become problematic as the hardware ages.
You can open either the top or the bottom half of double-hung windows, so parents often choose this type of window replacement for their kids’ safety on upper floors. Although they can be installed virtually anywhere, they’re often drafty.
Similar to casements, hopper windows crank open to the inside and are great for brightening basements. However, they can encroach on your interior decorating and leave your home vulnerable to break-ins.
Similar to wooden shutters, the horizontal panes rotate together to let the breeze in. If you live in extreme climates, however, these may be a poor choice because the design doesn’t allow for a proper seal.
Although picture windows cannot be opened, they can really deliver on their promise of a beautiful outdoor picture when well-placed. Keep in mind that their size makes them prone to break, and they’re expensive to replace.
Before you visit your local window replacement specialist, walk through your home with this list to get an idea of which type of window would work best in each room.