Understanding Different Window Types and Window Materials
October 2, 2020
Windows serve a lot of purpose in a house. They facilitate the entry of natural light indoors, bringing radiance in the interior space, and joy to the occupants as they enjoy the views outside. They serve to keep the home well ventilated with the entry of fresh air and the removal of bad air from the house.
With so many combinations of possible window materials and types of windows available in the market, choosing the right windows for your home can be overwhelming. Making an intelligent choice can let you have the most functional and stylish windows at a reasonable price that is suited to your home and meets all your needs. On the other hand, an uninformed decision can let you suffer the consequences that can include windows not serving the purpose you intend them for, unsuited to your home’s style, and exceeding your budget.
Understanding the different window materials and types can help you greatly when you are planning to install new windows to your newly constructed house or replacing old and damaged windows.
Different Window Types
There are tons of window installation
or replacement options to fit your home style or budget. Each window type has been designed to serve a different purpose. You can choose from a wide array of window styles that is why understanding how they satisfy your needs and expectations is important to make the right choice.
We have listed the ten most useful window styles you can look at as you consider them and tick your checklist of selection criteria for your home’s windows.
In single-hung windows, the bottom panel or lower sash moves up and down and the upper window sash remains stationary. When you open the window, the upper sash is covered on the inside by the lower sash.
One of the most common windows homeowners install for replacement, double-hung windows are similar to single-hung windows but in this type, both the lower and upper sash can move up and down. They usually tilt out for easy maintenance and cleaning. In terms of price, double-hung wood windows are more expensive than vinyl windows.
Ideal for places where there are a lot of rain, awning windows creates a water-resistant awning when opened.
They are flat windows set into an angled frame built out of the home. Being a larger window that requires a skilled installer, bay windows can cost more.
Bow windows are custom curved to create a circular area along the outside of the home. Depending on the size of the curve area you want to create, the number of panels, and the cost to design and install the bow windows, their cost can be more expensive than that of bay windows.
Another common window type, casement windows swing-out o the side or up to open. It can be constructed of solid glass that can offer a better, less obstructed view. They usually come with one window pane on the left and one on the right.
They’re commonly used in compact spaces such as bathroom or basements because of their efficient use of space. Hopper windows open from the top. They usually crank open to tip down.
One of the simplest and least expensive types, jalousie windows consists of many different slats of glass or metal. They open like a set of blinds. When cranking the lever, the slats tilt to the side, creating a series of gaps for air to flow through.
They are fixed windows that cannot be opened. They are installed for an excellent view of the beautiful scenery outside.
Sliding windows consist of two sections with one of the sections sliding horizontally overtop of the other to open or close.
Various Window Materials
When you have selected the type of window, the window materials are considered next. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. As with the choice of window types, it’s important to know what you need for your home including the window function and your budget.
Composed of polyvinyl chloride, vinyl windows
are durable and inexpensive. They are energy efficient, require little to no maintenance, giving a good return on investment. Vinyl windows have limited colour and cannot be painted.
Aluminum-clad windows provide homeowners with the appearance of wood minus the maintenance. Solid wood window frames with an exterior covered in aluminum, aluminum-clad windows create a better window. They require less maintenance, have a variety of appealing colours, and can last longer if maintained properly. Aluminum clad windows are more expensive than other materials.
Wood is a traditional window material. Wood windows
are chosen for their natural beauty, strength, and great insulation and sound barrier. They are however susceptible to rotting and warping, require more maintenance, and have a higher initial cost than other wood materials.
With proper care, wood windows can last a lifetime.
Fiberglass windows can mimic the look of wood windows. They are strong and durable, a top insulator, low maintenance, and versatile. Their cost is higher and they are more difficult and take a longer time to install.