Posted on December 27, 2018
Homeowners decide to replace windows for a variety of reasons, including increased home security, weather resistance, energy efficiency, and style. We’ve outlined the five common types of replacement windows you should consider.
Three main factors that distinguish window styles are
- the window sash, or the frame that holds the glass panes,
- how the window opens and closes, and
- how the window projects from or is set into the wall.
Read on to discover the unique benefits each style offers your home.
Double-hung windows feature two panels of glass, each encased in a square or rectangular sash. Both sashes slide vertically to open and close and can be tilted inward or outward so you can easily wash the inside and outside of the window. Designed with Ply Gem Low-E glass, our double-hung windows are durable, versatile, and energy efficient.
Bay and bow windows
Available in double-hung or casement styles, bay and bow windows project outside the wall or corner of your home, adding a unique architectural element. A bay window is a deep shell of three glass panes, with one large center unit and two flanking it at a 35- to 45-degree outward angle from the wall. A bow window usually has four or five windows with less framing, creating a shallower, expansive shell that allows more natural light and adds elegance to any room. Bay and bow windows open up space for a cozy, cushioned window seat or a focal, sunlit shelf.
Sliding windows feature two glass panels with one fixed and one gliding sash resting on an aluminum frame. The gliding sash opens sideways to overlap with the other along a track. Customizable and available in almost any size, sliding windows offer an unobstructed view of the outdoors and feature simple locks for a tight seal and increased home security.
Common over sinks or in kitchen areas, garden windows are constructed of glass panels that project from the exterior wall in a box-like shape, offering you a peripheral view of the outdoors. The side windows can be opened and closed easily to ventilate. The top window allows natural light to stream into your home, creating a natural mini greenhouse for plants or an eye-catching display case. Constructed of vinyl sashes, our garden windows require minimal maintenance and feature a weather-tight seal.
Casement and awning windows
Casement and awning windows are glass panels permanently set in the window frame that can be cranked open for adjustable ventilation. Casement windows are left- or right-hinged windows that crank outward to open, much like a door on a hinge. Awning windows are hinged from the top and crank open from the bottom. Casement and awning windows close tightly and securely, allow maximum air movement when opened, and are often paired with an inside screen.
If you’re looking for Twin Cities window replacement, look to Spotless & Seamless Exteriors. We are a Minnesota seamless steel siding contractor, but we also install windows and doors throughout the state. We offer Ply Gem windows known for their style, durability, and energy efficiency. Contact your Minneapolis/St. Paul window replacement contractor today to learn more.