Exploring the Types of Windows
As the University of Houston’s College of Engineering, points out, domestic window glass is a relatively new invention. Although artisans have been delighting crowds with stained glass for many centuries, it took the introduction of a mechanical process to deliver the clear, consistent glass people associate with window panes. That didn’t happen until the early 1800s. Now, windows come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They open, or don’t, in a variety of ways, and design innovations have generated greater efficiency. Discovering the extensive possibilities offered by all the different types allows you to find the right windows for your space.
Our team would be delighted to help you learn more about the diverse types of windows available, their respective pros and cons, and how they can be used to enhance your living space. What types can we help you discover?
A familiar sight, single-hung windows feature two sashes. The upper sash is fixed, which means it doesn’t move. Meanwhile, the lower sash can be raised or lowered.
At a glance, it’s hard to tell double-hung and single-hung windows apart. However, operations make the difference obvious. While single-hung windows feature only a single moving sash, double-hung windows have two. If desired, both the upper and lower sashes can be raised and lowered.
When you want to let the light shine in, a bay window can be a fantastic feature. It combines three windows that expand out from the home. Any combination of windows can be used. A popular pattern includes a larger picture window and two smaller casement windows.
If you add a sloping window across the top of a bay window, it allows more sunlight to shine in. Plants, cats, and other things that love to relax in a sunbeam are sure to appreciate it. It’s an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys having greenery, pets, or more natural light in their homes.
Bow windows carve their course with strong lines that win major points with both designers and homeowners. These striking constructions are built on a rounded frame, creating a panoramic view using four or more windows.
Doors aren’t the only feature that uses hinges. Casement windows rely on hinges, handles, and cranks to open to a desired height so that they can provide ventilation.
Not all windows are designed to open. While picture windows are often large and placed to frame a gorgeous view, they aren’t capable of opening.
Like picture windows, geometric windows are stationary features that don’t open. They’re notable for their special shapes and are often custom pieces. Many are positioned above or beside other windows.
Imagine turning a traditional window on its side. That’s basically how a sliding window works. These windows are placed horizontally and feature two sashes that slide left and right instead of up and down.
With a hinge at the top, awning windows are able to swing out at the bottom. This allows you to enjoy fresh air in almost any weather.
Energy-efficient windows can help ensure your home’s comfort by keeping more of the outside air out and more of your climate-controlled air in. This can produce notable savings on your energy bills. These windows may also help reduce the transfer of sound from the outside, allowing you to enjoy more peace and quiet. The most efficient windows will have the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR label.
When you’re ready to find the ideal windows for your home, turn to Liberty Home Solutions. Our friendly, knowledgeable team would be delighted to answer your questions and guide you through your search. We’re ready to help you find the perfect window solution for your home. Contact us now to learn more or request a quote for your project.