Buying Windows Guide for Homeowners

Now that the new year is upon us, many homeowners start to think about possible home renovations. Replacement windows and doors should be part of that process if needed.  

The following buying windows guide will help you determine what style of windows is best for your home.

Window replacement can boost the energy efficiency of your home while lowering energy costs. It can also improve the look and feel of your home. We will provide up-to-date advice on the most popular window styles for 2021.

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Buying Window Guide for Homeowners

Keep in mind that window replacement relies heavily on your personal preference when it comes to window design and materials. You should also invest in windows that are sturdy as well as highly energy efficient to protect your home.

Window Design

Single and Double Hung Windows

Double and single windows consist of two sashes and are placed vertically. With single hung windows, only the bottom sash will open whereas double hung windows open from both the top and bottom. Modern hung windows are designed to open outward for easier cleaning. Both are energy efficient and work well in both older and contemporary homes. 

Bay and Bow Windows

If you are looking for a style upgrade that also adds more space to your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or living area, bow and bay windows are a great option. Designed of three or more windows that curve outward, bow windows are aesthetically pleasing. Bay windows have more of a sharp angle than a curve and also constructed with three or more windows. Bay windows make the perfect addition for those wanting a window seat or cozy nook in any room of your home.

Picture Windows

The perfect addition for a bedroom or office, picture windows are ideal for opening up the room and allowing for an unblocked view of your gorgeous outdoor view. However, they are fixed which means they do not open. If you require airflow, you can add casement windows on the side to accompany your picture windows.

Single and Double Sliding Windows

Sliding windows can be designed as single or double windows, in which either both sides or just one window easily glides open to allow maximum airflow. They are ideal for contemporary homes. They tilt and turn for easy operation and cleaning and are great for energy efficiency.

Crank Style Windows

Those looking for the best window design when it comes to energy efficiency will love crank style windows such as casement or awning windows. These windows are designed to open via a crank mechanism and open outward. They are also made with a compression seal which makes them highly energy efficient in comparison to other window designs.  Crank style windows are recommended in every buying windows guide for their superior energy efficiency.

Casement windows are often installed in addition to picture windows or in bedrooms, basement and living areas. Hinged at the side to open outward, casement windows are ideally installed in bedrooms, basements and living areas. Most modern casement windows are also designed to be egress windows for fire safety.

Hinged at the top as opposed to the side, awning windows also open outward. This window design is perfect for those difficult to reach areas such as above countertops and are most commonly instead in basements, bathrooms and kitchens.

Architectural Style Windows

If you are really looking to make a dramatic change to your home, architectural windows are a great addition. Designed to increase the overall aesthetic of any room, they can be manufactured in a plethora of shapes including circles, semi-circles, hexagons and octagons! 

Contact North Tech Windows or Doors if our buying windows guide has inspired you to replace those old, worn-out windows. We can meet with you in your home to provide a free consult along with an estimate from our expert staff. 

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