When it comes to choosing home windows, you have a big decision to make. New windows or replacement windows are a big investment for your home and choosing the window style while keeping within your budget is important. If the windows in your home are old, leaky, and inefficient, replacing them with energy efficient double pane windows will significantly reduce your energy costs and will instantly add value to your home. Not to mention, new windows add great curb appeal! But, how do you know which windows are right for your home? The styles, materials, and features are all different. Reading up on what your options are will help you make an informed decision on the windows that will look great and boost your quality of life while you live in the home.
Single hung or double hung windows?
These types of windows are some of the most common and you’ll usually find them in most homes. Single hung windows open from the bottom by sliding up and a double hung window can be opened from either the top or bottom. If you want great air flow throughout the home, double hung windows are a great option. Double hung windows are also common for homes with children in them, as they prevent kids from climbing out the bottom portion.
These windows have a hinge at the top and are opened by tilting the window out from the bottom. When the window is open, it appears like an awning. You’ll typically see these windows in bathrooms or in beach or coastal homes.
Casement windows are also a popular choice for many homeowners. They consist of a large sash that is on a vertical hinge and opens by swinging out. These windows usually have a lever that is used to open it.
These are a very popular window because they’re simple to use and don’t use a lot of space if there is not a lot of room to swing the window open outside. They open from side to side and can be convenient for bathrooms or other small spaces.
Why Type of Glass and Window Frames Should I Get?
Vinyl windows are some of the most popular windows because they basically require little to no maintenance, are very well insulated, and are priced affordably. Choosing the glass of your windows is another important part of the process. You can pick glass that has Low Emissivity (Low-E), which refers to the glass with a thin and invisible layer of material that works to reduce the amount of heat that gets through the glass. There is also impact resistant glass which is great for homes that are prone to extreme weather conditions. Even if you hit this type of glass with a rock or hard ball, it might crack, but it won’t shatter like other types of glass out there.
We offer a variety of quality window options for you to fit your style and budget for customers across the Portland area. Our new location also serves customers in Bend and Central Oregon! Choosing products that are well made and are installed by an experienced team of professionals, means that you’ll reap the rewards of not having to replace the windows again down the road and seeing a big decrease in your energy bill! Contact us today for a free, no pressure quote on windows for your home!