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Window Styles: Beyond Double Hung Windows

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Alternatives to Double Hung Windows

As the seasons change, you may be paying more attention to your windows. With warmer spring days, homeowners are anxious to throw open their windows and air out the house. When the mercury really starts to climb, it's time to close them up tight and crank down the air conditioning. How easy is it to open and close your windows? And how well do they perform at keeping your cool air inside and the heat outside?

If you're considering replacing your windows, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Double hung windows are by far the most popular window style, and chances are at least some of your windows are double hung. But you're not restricted to using the same style window when replacing a double hung window.

Consider a window that cranks open. While a double hung window is made of two sashes that slide up and down, a crank window consists of one sash that opens and closes with a crank mechanism. These types of windows create a very tight seal when they are closed, making them very energy efficient. Different crank windows open in different directions. Styles include casement windows, awning windows, and hopper windows. 

So what are these windows and how to choose what's best?

What is a Casement Window?

  • This style is hinged on the side and opens outward.
  • When using a casement window, you need to be sure there is adequate clearance on the outside of your home.
  • You may need to trim back landscaping so it doesn't interfere with them opening all the way.
  • Because of the design, they are usually proportionally taller than they are wide, and are often seen in pairs opening from opposite sides.

What is an Awning Window?

  • While operated via a crank, awning windows are hinged at the top and open outwards rather than from the side.
  • A benefit to this design is that they can remain open during a rainstorm.
  • They can be installed higher on walls than other window styles, providing good ventilation and natural light.
  • Because of these advantages, they're often used in bathrooms.

What is a Hopper Window?

  • The hopper window is an awning window in reverse and is hinged at the bottom and tilts into the room.
  • One of the biggest benefits of a hopper window is that they can often be opened completely.
    • Allows for maximum ventilation into the room.
    • It also makes them easy to clean.
  • They are typically installed in basements as well as bathrooms.

If you're in the market for replacement windows, consider crank windows. They have a unique look when compared to traditional double hung windows, they provide excellent energy efficiency when closed, and allow for maximum ventilation and light in your home.

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