When renovating or constructing a new home, you have to think about every last detail regarding the new space. One of the most important details that you need to consider is the windows that you will have installed, as they provide necessary natural light and play a large role not only in the interior design of your home but also insulating your home from the weather conditions outside. Understanding the various types of windows available to you and what each has to offer can help you determine which type of window is the best fit for your home construction project.
Single/Double Hung Windows
Single and double hung windows are windows that slide upwards. Single hung windows will have a single pane of glass that can move, while the other one stays stationary.
Double hung windows have two panes of glass that can move, which makes them much easier to clean compared to their single hung counterparts. The main advantage of installing single or double hung windows is the fact that they are low-profile and do not require space to open outwards, making them ideal for tight spaces.
Picture windows are a specific choice for the interior design of your home. As their name indicates, they are primarily designed with providing a view from the interior of your home. Picture windows tend to be quite large, allowing for a significant amount of natural light to enter your home.
However, they do not open, which means that they will not provide ventilation to the room that they are installed in. This means that picture windows are often better at insulating the interior of your home from the outdoor temperature but at the cost of air flow into your home.
Bay windows are similar to picture windows in that they are installed in large sections that usually protrudes out from the side of your home. This allows for bay windows to provide slightly more floor space when compared with other windows.
Further, bay windows allow for single/double hung windows or casement windows to be installed on either end, allowing for ventilation where picture windows do not. The main downside of bay windows is the fact that they require specialized construction to put into place since they take up an entire wall and push outwards from your home's siding.
Casement windows are windows that open outwards, usually by a crank mechanism. The main advantage of these types of windows compared to single or double hung windows is the fact that the entire window frame can be opened to allow air to pass through.
However, casement windows are more mechanically complicated when compared to other types of windows, which can increase the risk of something breaking, preventing the window from properly operating at all.