In this two-part blog we’re going to help you understand window styles offered by local replacement window companies. Not all manufacturers offer all styles. If you’re looking for a specific type of window, let your replacement window company representative know what you’re looking for so they can share with you the best options for your home and budget.
Single Hung and Double Hung Windows
By far the most common windows in any home are single or double hung. These two window styles look the same in a home but operate differently. Both have bottom sash that open by lifting it up. They are also similar in that they have locks in between the two sashes and can have various window grid, or muntin, styles or no window grid at all. The difference between the two is that in a double hung window, both sashes move. So, not only can you raise the bottom half of the window but you can also lower the top half. In a room with just one window this can improve circulation.
Another benefit of double hung windows is that they are easier to clean. Because both sashes move, they can both tilt in for easy cleaning. If you have many second-floor windows, consider double hung windows for easy cleaning. Being able to lower the top sash is also a safety benefit in homes with small children as the windows can be opened without the fear of the child climbing or falling out the open window.
With all the benefits of a double hung window, why would anyone choose a single hung window? Double hung windows are more expensive. Because they have more moving parts, there is more that can break or leak, although this is relatively uncommon with new manufacturing techniques. You also need a screen that covers the entire window area which is an added expense.
Casement windows are another popular option offered by local replacement window companies. Casement windows can be identified by how they open. A casement window opens like a door using a crank inside the home. They are a great option for a window over a sink, shelving or other place where it’s difficult to lift or lower a sash. If you have an older home where you count on a window air conditioner in the summer, casement windows won’t work for you, stick to a single or double hung window style. They also tend to be slightly more expensive than a double hung window so if you have a tight budget, single hung windows may be your best option.
If you’re looking at local replacement window companies in Indianapolis and the surrounding area, Blair Windows and Doors can help. We offer all window styles from various manufactures to best suit your home and budget. Call 317-356-4666 to schedule your in-home consultation today. Click here for part 2 of our blog series that will other popular window styles.