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Different Types of Windows and Window Replacement Cost

Posted on Mon, Aug 08, 2016

double_hung_window_transom.jpgOne of the main aesthetic and functional factors in your home is your windows. Replacement windows not only add beauty and resale value but it's an energy-efficient investment that lasts for years. If you are not sure what kind of windows to get, here is a little about the different types of windows and window replacement cost.

Double Hung Windows

One of the most popular options, double hung windows offer a classic look with a lot of functionality. What makes them different is that there is two operating sashes instead of just one, which allows the homeowner to allow ventilation from both the top and the bottom.

These cost more than single hung windows but add a lot of versatility and are easier to clean. Even thought they cost more than a single hung window, they are still on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to your investment.

Slider Windows

Slider windows are also very popular due to being easy to open, versatile, and attractive. This type of window opens horizontally and do not have a crank to open them so they are easier to use for most people.

The cost for slider windows is relative to double hung windows and are usually an affordable yet attractive option for homeowners.

Casement and Awning

Casement and awning windows are perfect for allowing fresh air in since they can be fully opened. A crank system is used to open the windows which pivot smoothly on top-mounted stainless steel hinges. These windows also provide a spectacular view since most of the space is open and not encumbered by hardware.

These are more expensive than single-hung or sliders but not by an exorbitant amount. The difference is worth it, no other operating window is as energy efficient, yet casement windows also let in more light than many other styles due to its elegant design and fabrication.

Picture Windows

Picture windows allow the homeowner to appreciate the outside view. While this type of window style does not open up to allow air in, there is a large view that is ideal for windows in the living room or den and especially those that face the yard or water. These are easily customized to fit whatever size is needed in the home and let in natural light without the cold.

A picture window typically costs more than certain other window styles, depending on the size. However, this is a type of window that does not typically go in every room so it's an investment to beautify one or more rooms without having to outfit the entire home.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows add architectural style to any home. These windows are unique from each other however. A bay window is a combination of three windows of varying widths that extend in a dramatic style. A bow window is a close style to the bay window but it is made of three or more windows joined at equal angles to form a more even curve.

Both of these options cost more than a more simple style but have a unique aesthetic and add more style and resale value than a single hung or double hung choice.

Garden Windows

Garden windows extend out from the home and usually have a shelf that is ideal for plants and other items that beautify the window. They are perfect for herb gardens or even a place for your cat to sit in the sun. Garden windows are an excellent addition to any home and they add a lot of style. Garden windows do not open but side vents provide ventilation.

Like picture windows, a garden window may be a higher investment but is usually only in one room such as a kitchen or breakfast nook.

When it comes to replacement windows, any of these window styles are a perfect choice for your home.  Joyce Factory Direct can help you figure out just the right style window for your home.

 

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