Windows in New Prague MN | What window style best suits my home?
What window style best suits my home?
There’s lots of different styles of windows that you can install in your home. Windows come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials, so it’s important to choose the right style for your home. We’ve put together some helpful tips on what distinguishes all the different types of windows below. If you want to learn more about windows in New Prague MN, then look into how Capstone Bros. Contracting can help you and your home today.
Single Hung Windows
Single-hung windows are vertical, and have a bottom panel or lower sash that moves up and down—while the top pane remains fixed in place. When you open the window, its upper sash is shielded by the lower panel, effectively covering it on the inside.
Double Hung Windows
Double-hung windows are similar to single-hung windows, but both the top and bottom section move independently. They also often bow outwards for easy cleaning. They’re available in a wide range of sizes and colors.
Arched windows offer an artistic touch to a normal window. They often do not open, so for this reason they are occasionally placed above a ventilated window. Sometimes, arched windows are double-arched- meaning there’s a second archway inside the window framing square pieces of glass around the rim of the first arch.
Awning windows are perfect for rainy climates. They windows open outwards from the bottom, creating an awning against the elements while also providing ventilation.
Bay windows are known for offering great views to any home. They’re composed of a series of 3 windows, with a half-hexagon shaped bench in-between the windows at the bottom for sitting and/or storage.
Bow Windows are a lot like Bay windows, extending outwards from a home. However, instead of 3 windows, bow windows create a curved area from your home in a series of 4 to 6 windows. Bow windows allow you to see more of your yard or neighborhood than other types of windows by extending a portion of your home. Because they use more windows than the bay window style, they are often more expensive to construct.
The bow window is a Victorian-style element that can be added to your home, consisting of between four and six windows. It’s sometimes referred to as a compass window, and has a combination of fixed windows in the middle and openable windows at either end.
Casement Windows function a lot like doors, with a vertical seam running down the middle. Both sides of the casement window swings outward, which makes them easy to clean and offers lots of ventilation variability.
Egress Windows are required by code in most states, and are a great safety feature. They are often placed near the ground floor of homes with basements, to allow people to escape in an emergency. Egress windows must be able to open at least 20 inches wide from the inside and have no screen or bars on them.
While they’re known for their safety, egress windows are also a great addition to basements to help add in extra light. Basements can often be the darkest part of your home, but with egress windows you can add in some needed natural light to improve the mood of your home’s lowest floor.
Garden Windows are like little miniature greenhouses inside your home. They bow out of your home, similar to a bay or bow window, in a little box that planters can be placed inside of. The natural light feeds your plants, while the glass protects them from outside elements. The glass also helps to insulate your plants, and creates a bubble of heat that maintains the health of your plants even in the cold winter months.
Skylight Windows are exactly what they sound like: windows that open up to the sky. If you’ve never been underneath a skylight window during a rainstorm, you might not understand just how special this type of window is. Skylight windows are a great option if you want to add in more natural light to your home, but have limited options along your home’s external walls.
If you’re looking for recommended window replacements, choosing the style of your new windows is a great place to start. You can find an abundance of window styles that fit the design of your home or complement the architectural details and existing stain or paint. Our recommendation? Talk to some professionals about their recommended replacement windows for your area and situation, but don’t be afraid to go with one of the styles listed above. Either way, you can’t lose! At Capstone Bros. Contracting, we’d be happy to help you and your home with our Roofing, Siding, Windows, and Storm Damage services. If you have any concerns about window replacement, the price of your utility bills, or simply increasing your home’s value, contact Capstone Bros. Contracting today.