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Types of Windows | Glass Doctor

If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your windows, consult this comprehensive guide on eight different window types and their benefits.

Keep reading to learn what important factors to consider before installing new windows, the best types of windows for your home and what the installation process will look like.

What to Consider Before Installing New Windows

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Before installing new windows, consider these five important factors:

Energy Efficiency

Double- and triple-pane windows have better insulating properties than single-pane windows and can increase the energy efficiency of your home, saving you money on energy costs.

Look for ENERGY STAR products when buying new windows.

Low-emissivity (Low-E) Glass

This type of energy-efficient glass allows light in, but blocks a lot of the heat that contracts it. It also reduces the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light that enters your home, protecting your furniture from fading.

Size and Style

The location and style of your windows will affect how large—or how small—your new windows will be.

For example, skylights might require more room while accent windows are typically smaller and easier to install.

Window Frame Materials

There are three popular window frame materials: vinyl, aluminum and wood.

Vinyl frames are commonly used in window replacements and resist heat transfer and condensation. Aluminum windows are durable, light and easy to handle. Wood frames are popular for the interior parts of a window and don’t allow for much condensation.

Type of Glass

In addition to choosing a window frame, you will have to consider what type of glazing or glass material you want to use. You can choose from heat-absorbing tints, insulated window glazing and reflective coatings.

Why Should I Replace My Windows?

If any of the windows in your home are broken or shattered, a professional can help you determine if a simple repair can fix the issue or if a replacement is necessary.

Additionally, if you’re looking to increase energy efficiency and save on utility bills, upgrading your windows is a great option.

Check out some other reasons to replace your windows: 

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Types of Windows

Below are eight different window types that are great options for your window replacement:

1. Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows have two operable sashes that can either open from the top or bottom of the unit. Many double-hung windows have sashes that tilt inward, allowing you to easily clean the window.

2. Single-Hung Windows

Similar to double-hung windows, single-hung windows only have a lower sash that moves.

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3. Skylights

Skylights are mounted in the ceiling and can either be fixed structures or operable units. During the day, they act as light fixtures and provide tons of natural lighting in the room they’re in.

4. Casement Windows

These hinged windows operate by a crank or other operating mechanism and open outward, providing good airflow throughout a home.

5. Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top of their unit and open outward to let in air. Their design also helps keep rain out when the windows are open.

6. Picture Windows

Picture windows are large, stationary windows that increase the natural light in a space and provide a picturesque view of the outdoors. 

7. Sliding Windows

These windows have at least one operating panel that slides horizontally over or past another window, allowing for increased ventilation within your home. Sliding windows are often found in a kitchen or living room. 

8. Bay or Bow Windows

Bay, or bow, windows open up your space by protruding out from the exterior siding of your house.

Install New Windows with Glass Doctor Today

If you’re thinking about upgrading your windows, call the experts you can trust. Glass Doctor has over 40 years of experience and can repair or replace all types of windows.

Schedule an appointment with us today at 855-603-1919.

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Sources:

Glass Education Center: http://glassed.vitroglazings.com/glasstopics/how_lowe_works.aspx

ENERGY STAR: https://www.energystar.gov/products/building_products/residential_windows_doors_and_skylights

HGTV: http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/8-types-of-windows-pictures

U.S. Department of Energy: https://energy.gov/energysaver/window-types