Which Windows Are Right for Your Home?

Whether you’re looking for windows for your new home or replacing old ones,  advancements in technology have created more options than ever. There are several things to consider when choosing the right windows.

Read today’s blog to help you become informed about your options.

 

Windows Checklist

There are four elements to consider when learning about windows: style, design, performance, and material. When you know your options, it’s easier to choose the right windows for your home. Let’s talk about the checklist. 

 

Style

When it comes to window styles, choose from ones that fit well with your home. These styles include:

Casement: Hinged on one side and opens with a crank

Sliding: Modern windows that have two or three sashes that slide left or right

Double-hung: Traditional double-hung windows ideal for most rooms, featuring two sashes that slide vertically and til-in for trouble-free cleaning.

Awning: Hinged at the top and open outward, awnings are placed below larger fixed windows to allow for ventilation.

Bay: Three windows extend from an exterior wall, with the middle window usually fixed, and two operable side windows.

Picture: These don’t open, but provide maximum natural light.

Bow: Open any room to the outdoors with bow windows that form a curve with four or more windows that can be fixed or operable.

Garden: Found in kitchens the most that project out from the home, it allows a perfect amount of sunshine to filter through the four sides for spices or window plants.

Hopper: Best for basements, they are hinged at the bottom and open inward at the top.

 

Performance

Old windows that leak air, don’t lock, are challenging to open or close, or in bad shape all around, don’t perform well. To ensure your new windows perform efficiently, Keep the following in mind:

Sound Resistance – Consider sound-control windows to keep out dogs barking or trains roaring by.

Glass – To provide nine times the insulation of single-paned windows, try double or triple panes of glass. These work great for homeowners in cold climates.

Energy Efficiency – A combination of U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Light Transmittance ensure your windows are energy-efficient, which saves you on heating and cooling costs.

UV Resistance – UV coatings help prevent harmful rays to your interior, which can damage carpet and upholstered furniture.

 

Design

Do you want a classic design or looking for more modern or bold windows that make a statement? Here are some things to look for:

Color: Several interior and exterior colors would work well with your window frames and trim accessories, as well as your house style.
Shapes: Consider window shapes besides the traditional square. Round or half-circle windows can lend a unique yet elegant look to your home.
Designer Glass: With classic and original patterns, you can add an old-world style of elegance. Contemporary styles offer a Modern Prairie or Deco appeal, while obscure glass helps create a focal point and conversation starter in any room.
Finishing Touches: Grilles and hardware come in a variety of patterns and finishes that help tie everything in to complete your windows.

 

Material

The materials you could choose from include aluminum, vinyl, and wood. If you want vinyl windows, which are the most common, select:

Durability
Low Maintenance
Long-Lasting
Non-Conductive
Customizable
Affordable

 

Consider Mountain States Windows & Siding

Choosing the right windows for your home doesn’t need to be difficult when you research the above. We can help in finding the best ones to fit your needs and desires, as well as budget. Contact us for an appointment today.