The Most Popular Window Styles

by Claude Walters

Replacing the windows in your home is a big decision. Not only do you need to choose the right material for the sashes and properly insulated window panes, you need to think about the style and design of each individual fixture throughout your house. That is, you don't necessarily want to just have sliding windows on every fixture in your home. This article explains and compares three of the most common types of residential window fixtures.

Sliding Fixtures

The majority of modern homes are built with sliding windows for most of the fixtures. Sliding windows are convenient and affordable. They are definitely the most affordable type of moving window fixture. Whether you need vertically sliding or horizontally sliding fixtures, you will enjoy sliding fixtures' ease of operation. Modern sliding windows are made out of fiberglass, vinyl, or other synthetic materials that don't need much maintenance. Furthermore, they don't need to be lubricated or greased  to slide easily.

There are also sliding windows that are geared, meaning that even the largest, vertically sliding fixture can be easy to open and close. The most important thing you need to decide when shopping for sliding windows is whether you want double- or single-hung windows. A single-hung window (one of the sashes is fixed within the fixture, and the other one is movable) is the most common. Usually, on vertically sliding fixtures, the top sash is fixed and the bottom is movable. On double hung windows, both sashes are movable. This means that you can leave a gap open at the top and bottom of the fixture.

Fixed Windows

To save money on your project, consider installing fixed windows wherever possible. In many homes there are many window fixtures that you cannot reach, so you don't need to have a movable sash. A fixed window is going to be cheaper and easier to maintain over the years. It is also going to have a better efficiency rating.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are great alternatives to sliding windows because they basically open outward like a door. They are on a simple hinge, and they can be opened and closed in a number of ways. Some casements are crank operated, while others are free swinging. Windows with cranking mechanisms are a little more expensive and difficult to repair. However, they can be great for large windows, because the cranks are very easy to operate.

These are just three of the most common types of window fixtures used in residential construction. For more information, contact companies like Santoro Home Improvements / Building and Design / Development LLC.