Professional Window Supplier and Window Installations
Whether you need to upgrade or you're starting a new construction, knowing a little bit about windows will guide you in making an informed decision.
owned and operated Clarkston Window & Door, our team is dedicated to provide exceptional customer service. This simple windows guide will help you to understand the differences between many common windows. Choose what fits your home, your lifestyle, and your needs.
Various Types of Windows
Picture windows, as indicated, provide a beautiful view of the outdoors. They can found in very large sizes, if desired. The glass in picture windows may or may not be inset with metal grids. These grids have a tendency to obstruct view slightly but
can help reduce the risk of breakage (especially with large glass) to some degree.
This type of window is usually fixed (meaning it doesn't open). A fixed picture window won't offer any ventilation, but permanent seals offer improved energy efficiency.
Casement windows swing open and are opened via a hand crank at the bottom of the window. Because the entire window opens, they offer great ventilation. The window's crank is easy to use, even in situations where you only have one hand available at arm's length. This means the window can be installed in areas that are high or hard to reach.
Casement windows are gasketed, meaning they're sealed with gaskets around the sides of the swinging panel. This usually makes them more energy efficient than sliding windows.
Although they're usually expected to have a long lifespan, the crank mechanism on some older casement windows may eventually wear and require repair. Another point to consider is that it can be difficult or impossible to get to the exterior of the window for cleaning from inside the house.
Bay windows are often popular and are known for the extensive natural light they bring into your home. They permanently extend outward (beyond house walls) and the window panels are angled. They are commonly found in kitchens and offer wide, peripheral views that flat windows can't. In some cases, the angled panels can be opened.
Single Hung Windows
Single hung windows or vertical sliders are usually installed in small rooms such as bedrooms or bathrooms. Single hung refers to the fact that only the bottom sash opens, as opposed to double hung windows, where both windows can be opened. Single hung windows are usually less expensive than similar double hung windows.
Double Hung Windows
High-performance windows designed to hold temperatures and keep out the cold, wet and extreme heat. Glass provided by manufacturers reduces the amount of heat lost, while letting in maximum light.
A practical and simple window option which provides effective ventilation and easy fingertip operation. Safe and simple to clean right from inside of your home is one of its key benefits. Instead of using a ladder, sliding window sashes easily swing open and provide you quick access to both sides of the glass.
Awning windows improve air movement while protecting your room from the elements making it practical and attractive. Often placed above or below other windows for increased ventilation and light.