Types of Windows
Choosing a company and choosing a good quality window is essential to energy savings and comfort. You can make this process easy by asking yourself a few important questions, such as:
- Why am I changing the windows?
- What do I want to gain by replacing my windows?
- Am I happy with the style of the windows that I currently have?
Odds are if you are living in the Chicagoland area, you have a double hung window somewhere in your home. A double hung window consists of two vertically arranged sashes, both of which can be moved up and down. High on the list of energy efficiency, functionality and aesthetics the double hung window is a perfect solution for most of your window replacement needs. Learn More
Casement and Awning Windows
In this window type the operable panel hangs on a hinge that enables the window to be open like a door. An awning window is a casement with hinge on top. Casement windows are the most energy efficient product on window market. They offer the most amount of uninterrupted insulated glass. With all of the technological advancements in building materials and manufacturing techniques, these will not function like the old wood windows from 50 years ago. Industry wide there are less complaints and service related issues associated with casement windows.
A picture window is a fixed pane and will not open but will provide you with additional light. They are commonly used in the front of homes, often found with either double hung or casement windows flanking the sides. This is a highly energy efficient window, much like casement, but has very little restriction on maximum sizes.
Slider windows function like a double hung window only sliding side to side rather than up and down. Manufactured with all of the same high quality components, it is not as energy efficient of a product, and will take you longer to get your money back through energy savings. If you have short term plans to live in your existing home this is the cost effective way to update your house curb appeal.