A Different Window Style May Be the Better Choice
Assuming that you are not in in a HOA where the type or style of window is regulated, we recommend that you take some time considering if a different style or type of window would make more sense when replacing your windows.
The majority of homeowners will get quotes for the type of windows that they currently have. Most often, it just makes sense. They’ll keep with the style of the home and work as intended.
But, what if a different type of window could work better for you? This is especially true when it comes to kitchen windows, where counter tops and sinks can make it difficult to open a double hung window. Since the locking and sash release mechanisms are located halfway up the length of window, reaching it can be problematic for someone with a limited reach. If the window location affects how window operates, consider switching it out for a Casement or Slider window.
Understanding how different window styles operate
Double Hung Windows
These windows have two sashes that open vertically, along the plane of the home, and operate independently of each other. Double hung indicates that both sashes are operable. This design gives you ventilation options, as you can open the window at either the top or the bottom.
Keep in mind that counters or furniture placement could impede how easy it is to operate due to the leverage needed to open them.
This window style is an attractive and practical choice for windows on upper stories since both sashes tilt in for cleaning.
Casement windows are hinged on one side and are designed to swing outward. They open like a door with hinges on either the left or right, depending on your needs.
The operating crank is located at the at the bottom of window. This window design allows for maximum ventilation since it can be fully opened. An open casement window can “catch” a breeze and direct it inward. Casement windows can be combined with other window styles.
Since they project outward from the home when open, it is not advised to use them where it may present a safety hazard.
Casement windows cannot be removed for cleaning.
Slider windows come in double (two) and triple (three) light models. This refers to the number of units within the window frame.
These windows open horizontally by sliding one sash over another using the built-in vertical lip. One of the benefits of slider windows is that they offer unhindered views since the glass panes are not interrupted by a horizontal sash line.
Double Sliders typically have two operational sashes; while triple sliders have a fixed center unit flanked by two moving windows. Slider frames are a single unit that can be used to replace multiple windows that are mulled together.
Keep in mind that the locking mechanisms are located along the vertical sashes – so they may not be ideal if there is limited accessibility.
The operational slider sashes can be fully removed for cleaning.
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