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Choosing the Right Window Styles

There are many things to consider when choosing window styles, either for an existing home or one under construction. How much space is available, the location, and the purpose of the windows should all be taken into consideration. It also helps to know which style or styles is most energy efficient.

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Window Styles

There are many, many window styles available to choose from, but they fall into two categories; those that open and those that do not. One of the most popular opening styles is the double hung style, where the upper and lower sash can be raised or lowered. Advantages include ease of opening and closing, and tilt-in panes for easy cleaning. Another popular style is the casement, which hinges on the side and usually opens with a crank or handle. One advantages of this style is that the view is unblocked by the window frame. This style is also the most energy efficient, with the strongest seal around the edges. There are also horizontal sliding windows, which are similar to the double hung, but open horizontally. Other ventilating styles are awning and hopper, which are hinged on the top and bottom, respectively, and garden styles, which are usually custom designed, and can include shelves for plants.

The most heard of non-opening style is the picture window. This style consists of one non-operating, non-opening pane of glass. This style is a great way to let a lot of light in or to make a small room seem larger. Sometimes, these are grouped with opening windows, like casement or double hung. These are the most energy efficient because there are no seams or moving parts. However, because they do not open, it is not recommended to put one in a room with no other ventilation. Another non-opening style is half-round or radius windows. These are usually decorative and custom designed.

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