Replacement vinyl windows are an excellent way to add style, charm, and resale value to your home. Todays replacement windows are made in a variety of different styles, which allows you to choose the specific window type to meet your unique needs.
Single and Double Hung Windows
Probably the most popular and commonly used style of window is called a single-hung window. These traditional designs can be found in most window fixtures and most houses around the U.S.
The design of these single-hung windows is quite straight-forward, with one sash positioned over another. On single-hung windows the lower sash can slide up and down, allowing for ventilation and air-movement.
Double-hung models are very similar; however both sashes are operational, allowing you to slide the top sash down. This is beneficial because it can allow for more efficient ventilation, allowing hot air to escape the house through the upper sash, where the hot air is. Some of todays manufacturers offer their double-hung windows with the additional benefit of tilting sashes. These sashes can be tilted in to the interior of the house, allowing for easy maintenance and cleaning.
Sliders and Gliders
No, not hamburgers and aircraft. Slider-windows, sometimes called gliders by some manufacturers, are the second-most common window type. These windows have two or more sashes that slide from side to side in the frame. These windows are available with any number of sashes, and any amount of these sashes are operational. Check with your window provider to see what options they offer.
Casement windows open like a door. They are hinged on one side, and usually operate with a hand crank. These cranking devices make this style of window one of the best when it comes to protection from air escape. The combination of crank and seal make casement windows superior at keeping in heat or cool air.
Picture windows, sometimes referred to as fixed windows, are just that- fixed. They do not open and close. Picture windows are usually either large aesthetic features of a home, or are part of a multi-window system.
Bay windows are large multi-window units. They are typically comprised of three or more windows that project out form the wall. Most commonly, they are made up of one large window in the middle, with two smaller windows flanking at 30, 45, or 90 degrees to the wall. Any angles may be used, and any number of windows can be incorporated into these window units. For example, bay units made of five windows are also common, with one large window flanked by two smaller ones on either side.
Bow windows are very similar, but have a more elliptical pattern. They, too are comprised of three or more windows, and have a radial, or bow formation.
All of these window types have their own strengths. However, these windows advantages and beauty become even greater when they are incorporated into window combinations. If wanting vinyl replacement windows, consider using window combinations to add even greater style to your home. For example, if you have a large window in your living room that needs replacing, consider replacing it with a double-hung and two casements, or a three-lite slider flanked by picture windows.
Vinyl replacement windows are available in many styles to suit your specific needs and tastes. All of these styles also offer several features and options, such as grids, specialty locks, and more.