In shopping for replacement windows, one of the first things you’ll notice is that there are as many shapes and sizes, as there are styles of houses in Pleasant Hill. Not every window style suits every home, and that’s good news, because not every home should look the same. With the right window manufacturer and installation crew, you can be sure you’re getting a quality vinyl replacement window in any style. So when it comes to the choice of aesthetics, that’s up to you. Which styles best suit your home?
Much like an awning stretches out, awning windows open outward from the bottom through use of an easy to operate hand crank. The top of the window is fixed. This allows you to let in some fresh air, while protecting your home from rain or wind. They are also considered very secure and energy efficient. These windows can be used in a variety of home styles, but work well in contemporary styles especially. When placed high on the wall (in a clerestory position), they help to flood sunlight down into the room, a process called “daylighting” which can be excellent for living spaces or home offices.
Casement windows also open out, but from the side. Tall and vertical, these windows seem to function almost like doors. They’re well known for their ventilation benefits, functioning almost like the sail of a ship, in the way they allow fresh air into the home, as well as energy efficiency because they fit entirely within the frame when closed. They also have a sort of elegance to them. These windows look great in French style homes as well as light, airy modern homes.
Double or Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows have two sashes: the top sash is fixed while the bottom sash moves upward so you can let in fresh air. Single hung window size makes it perfect for rooms facing the patio, terrace, or any beautiful outdoor scenery. These windows can also help to make small spaces seem larger. The double hung window, however, improves on the single hung concept by allowing both sashes to be fully operable. The top sash moves down while the bottom sash moves up. Double hung windows are even more energy efficient and easy to clean, making them one of the most popular choices on the market.
Slider windows function a little bit like single or double hung windows tilted onto their sides. These windows are horizontal, with sashes that move from one side to the other. Their ease of operation makes them a popular option, as well as the extended views that they offer. These windows will often be found in kitchens and bathrooms, but can also be found in bedrooms and home offices. They run along a closed track, which helps to boost energy efficiency, as well.