Common Types of Windows
If you’re building a new home or simply replacing the windows in your existing home, choosing the right type of window for you and your family’s needs is crucial. Window frames can be made from wood, aluminum and vinyl, and there are generally five different types of windows to choose from.
- Awning: Awning windows open out away from the structure and are hinged at the top of the window frame. Turning a crank one way opens the window and it swings open from the bottom. Turning a crank the other way closes the window.
- Casement: Casement windows also open out away from the structure, but this type of window is hinged at the side of the window frame. A crank is turned to open and close the window.
- Double-hung: Double-hung windows are generally the commonly used in the U.S. They consist of a two framed panels of glass that slide vertically along a track.
- Fixed: A fixed window doesn’t open at all. This type of window is usually used to allow light into a room or simply for the sake of appearance.
- Sliding: Sliding windows are similar to double-hung windows, except that this type of window slides horizontally on a track.
Which type of window is best for you will depend on many factors, such as what kind of climate you live in, where a window will be placed in a room and what kind of landscaping exists outside the window. If you’re not sure which type of window is right for your home or office, discuss the options with a window specialist. He or she can assess your situation and suggest which style of window would work best for you.
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