How to Make Sure You Get the Perfect Windows

Windows not only enhance the lighting of your home; they can add to the interior and exterior aesthetic. The right window selection can completely alter the way a room looks and feels. If you are looking into replacing your windows, make sure you consider all the style options to find the best fit for your home.


When most people think of windows, they picture a classic single-hung frame. These frames have one sliding compartment to allow ventilation from the bottom. Typically, a lock is on the inside of the bottom sliding compartment for added security.


Much like single-hung windows, double-hung frames have a sliding compartment to allow ventilation. Both the top and bottom are moveable, allowing for more ventilation options. Raising the lower section allows cool air to enter the home, while pulling the top section down helps draw hot air outside.


Sliding windows have a similar operation to the single- and double-hung varieties, but the panes shift from side to side rather than up and down. Typically, one half of the pane glides along a horizontal track to open an area of desired size while covering the stationary half. Sliding windows are popular in modern homes and are easily accessible from hard-to-reach areas such as over countertops.


The signature of a casement window is a hinged sash that swings outward. Usually this sash is operated using a turn crank. Unlike hung or sliding widows, casement windows offer a view unobstructed by the frame of a stationary pane. Casement windows can be installed with either a left or right swinging hinge.


Awning windows also use a turn crank and hinged sash, but the sash swings from the top rather than the side. Awning windows are usually smaller in size and placed above doors or other windows as they are great for extra ventilation

Optimize the lighting and ventilation of your home with the right window choices. Use a variety of styles, or keep it cohesive with the same frame type throughout the house. Ask your window contractor about color options and alternate styles such as bay, picture, or transom windows.