What are the different window types for my home?
Window Types Include:
Two sashes, with at least one sash sliding horizontally past another
Hinged windows that swing open, typically to the outside
Hinged windows that swing open, typically from the bottom and opening past 45° past the sill
Double Hung Windows
Two sash elements, one above the other. Both upper and lower sash slide within tracks on the window jambs.
The sash does not move.
Single Hung Windows
Two sash elements, one above the other. Only the lower sash moves.
Unusual shapes, such as a circular window; or distinct glazing patterns, such as a diamond-shaped. These may be fixed or operable.
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So what do you need to look for when you need new windows?
When a window needs replacing, the new one should match the type of window as the original to the greatest extent possible.
- Continuity - When replacing your windows, you want to maintain the original architectural plans of the home if possible. Unless you want to do something drastic, keep the windows the same type.
- HOA - Sometimes the dreaded "Homeowner's Associations" require homeowners to keep their home the same as when they bought, to maintain the neighborhood aesthetics similar as initially planned.
- Egress - Sometimes, when a homeowner wants to change the design of their windows, they may want to turn a casement window into a double hung. Maybe they got tired of replacing the frame hardware over the years and thought when they buy replacement windows they will switch that window to a double hung. Sounds harmless, unless it is in a bedroom and it should meet safety code for a fire escape. For example of egress and cannot be modified, even if you want that double hung.
What about the window material?
Another frequent concern is the material of the replacement window. While wood was most often used historically, wood clad, fiberglass and vinyl windows are typical on the market today and sometimes are suggested as replacement options by window dealers.
There are more reasons than this, of course, but this gives you a general idea before choosing what window "types" is suitable for your home. Choose window types wisely so that you are not forced to buy another window ever again.