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Types of Replacement Window Options

Types of Replacement Window Options

What are the Best Replacement Windows?

Buying the best replacement windows can be stressful. However, new windows make your home quieter, less drafty, and increase its curb appeal. Replacement windows are also much easier to maintain, it’s simpler to clean them, and can maximize the resale value of your property. They can even cut costs if you have high energy bills.

And if you want to find the best replacement windows for your home, use this guide to understand what to look for and figure out the kind of windows that will be the ideal fit for your home. Here’s what you need to consider:

Types of Windows

At the moment, there is a wide variety of different window types available on the market. What separates all of them apart is their design, application around the property, and unique features such as how they open. It leaves you with a lot of room to mix and match and personalize your decision. So, consider the layout of your house and choose among these popular types of replacement windows:

Slider Windows

Horizontal windows have sashes that slide sideways, back and forth.

Single-Hung Windows

Only the bottom sash can move up and down, while the top sash is fixed.

Double-Hung Windows

Both top and bottom sashes in the window frame can be moved up or down.

Bay Windows

A group of three or more windows that extend beyond the exterior wall of the house at an angle.

Bow Windows

A curved group of windows (usually 3-6) that extend beyond the facade of your home.

Picture Windows

Windows made from one large, fixed pane of glass used to capture stunning views of the exterior landscape.

Casement Windows

Windows attached to the frame by one or two hinges at one side.

Garden Windows

Windows with a trapezoid-shaped casement, usually used in kitchens.

Frame Materials

The next issue you will have to concern yourself with are the types of materials used for framing. Each of them has its benefits and downsides. These materials are as follows: 

Fiberglass

Over the past decade, fiberglass has become the preferred window framing material. It provides excellent insulation, durability, and resistance to the elements. The downsides are that it’s more costly and may need a fresh coat of paint now and again. 

Wood

Though considered to be the most beautiful framing material and a good insulator, wood can be difficult to maintain and is susceptible to water damage and rotting. It’s also more expensive than other materials. 

Composite

These are made to look like wood but without the downsides associated with wood frames. Composite frames are great for traditional and historic homes that won’t work well with fiberglass or vinyl frames. They cost less than wood but more than vinyl and offer better insulation than both options. 

Vinyl

Vinyl framing is a great option for a homeowner looking to replace their windows on a budget. These types of frames are inexpensive and easy to install. They can last well over 30 years, and their color will not fade over time. The downside of vinyl windows is that they aren’t as efficient as other window materials and may expand and contract in extreme weather conditions. 

Metal

Metal or aluminum frames can be an option that is quite durable, lightweight, and affordable. They can also provide a more modern look to your home. The downside is that they’re not particularly good at insulating and can be susceptible to corrosion. 

Interior Grid Features

Another thing to consider is the interior contours of the interior of the window. These grid designs usually divide into two different types Classic and Contoured, that is Colonial, Diamond, Prairie, and Double Prairie. In any case, you should look for window grids that are encased between the panes as it ensures easy maintenance.

Energy Efficiency

One of the reasons homeowners choose replacement windows is for their energy efficiency. What they fail to understand is that energy efficient windows don’t only cut the cost of heating and power bills, but they also increase the value of your home. When choosing energy efficient windows always look for a guarantee logo for saving energy, and choose between these four types:

  • Thermal
  • Triple Pane
  • Double Pane
  • Energy Star

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