Pros and Cons of Different Replacement Window Types
If you are considering replacement windows for the first time, the different styles and types of windows can be somewhat unfamiliar or even confusing.
In this article we explain some of the “pros and cons” of common window types, to help you decide which replacement window style is right for you.
Double-Hung Replacement Windows: Pros & Cons
Double-hung replacement windows slide open vertically from both the top and the bottom. This makes them the best choice for air circulation and ventilation in California homes. When they are simultaneously opened at both the top and the bottom, warm air flows out the top opening while cool air enters via the bottom opening.
Many people also prefer the look of Double Hung windows as they are the most “traditional” or “classic” window style – and can be customized with “grilles” (grids or slats) for added architectural appeal.
The only real disadvantage to double-hung windows can be the manual effort needed to push the window panes up and down when you open and close them. While today’s double hung windows slide very easily, people with back problems, mobility issues, or limited strength may prefer a cranking style casement window.
Single-Hung Replacement Windows: Pros & Cons
Single-hung replacement windows are much less popular than double-hung windows. While they look very similar to double-hung windows, single-hung windows only open from the bottom. Single hung windows do have the advantage of being less expensive than double-hung windows, while still offering the same classic curb appeal.
However, Single-Hung Replacement Windows are less energy efficient and do not offer the same type of excellent air circulation that double-hung windows provide.
Casement Replacement Windows: Pros and Cons
Casements windows are hinged windows that swing outward to open – typically with the operation of a hand crank. Casement windows have the advantage of letting in a lot of natural light. And crank operation makes casement windows a good choice for anyone with physical challenges, back problems, or limited strength or mobility – who can’t push a double-hung window up or down.
Casement replacement windows are also among the most energy-efficient windows available. Blowing wind and air actually serves to further reinforce the window’s seal and keep unwanted weather out!
The only disadvantage to casement replacement windows, is that some homeowners don’t find them as aesthetically attractive or “classic” as double-hung windows – because of the visible cranks and/or because they do not have the traditional window “grilles” or “grids”.
Slider Replacement Windows: Pros and Cons
Because Slider Replacement Windows glide horizontally on a track, they are not divided like a single-hung or double-hung window. This means that they tend to let in a lot of natural light, and they maximize views.
Slider Replacement Windows are also easier to operate than single-hung or double-hung windows, because you slide them rather than lift them. However, they do still require a little strength to open, and are not quite as easy to operate as cranking casement windows.
Like casement windows, some people feel horizontal slider windows aren’t as classic or as elegant as double hung windows. However, they are a very popular choice for modern and contemporary homes, and those homeowners desiring the most expansive views.
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