Windows give us a view of the world and offer many great benefits. Different window styles have different advantages and disadvantages. You should consider the shape, amount of ventilation they provide, and the all-important cost as you select your window styles. Choosing windows that are popular home selling features ensures that your window selection can be a great return on investment if you ever decide to sell. Whether you are building or remodeling, here are 6 types of windows for your home that provide long-lasting benefits at a great price.
1. Casement Windows
Casement windows swing from a hinge like a door as they are opened with a crank. The swing function allows for decent airflow when desired, and the strong seal around these windows means they are weather tight. You can fit screens securely inside the window, which is helpful when cleaning. Individual casement windows cost between $300 and $750 to install. With casement windows, you’ll need to keep in mind the design of your home to ensure your windows have plenty of room to open. Casement windows are not ideal for holding window air conditioning units, so keep that in mind if you depend on that cooling method.
- Easy to open and close
- Tight, energy-efficient seal
- Great airflow and ventilation
- Parts could wear or break
- Ask risk of damage if left open in the elements
- Needs unobstructed, clear space to open
2. Double-Hung or Single-Hung Windows
Double-hung or single-hung windows are the most common window replacement. These windows slide vertically to open. These two types of windows look the same, except single-hung windows only open from the bottom while double-hung windows open from the top and bottom. These classic windows provide good ventilation, offer easy access for cleaning, and are easy to replace. Double-hung windows cost slightly more than single-hung, but both are relatively budget-friendly. They typically average between $200 and $1,000 per window.
- Offers great ventilation
- Widespread retail offerings
- May develop slipping problems
- Requires more physical effort to open or close
- Seal isn’t weathertight
3. Picture Windows
Picture windows are locked in place and unmoving, so they never obstruct an outside view. They are also a good bang for your buck when you want a lot of natural light. Because there are no opening mechanisms, the upkeep is simple, and the seal is weathertight. The only drawback is there is no airflow with these windows. Depending on size and shape, each picture window costs between $150 and $750 to install.
- Delivers an unobstructed view
- Less expensive than mechanical windows
- Weathertight seal
- Difficult to clean at times
- Not as energy-efficient as other windows
- No airflow or ventilation
4. Bay Windows
The term “bay windows” describes windows grouped together that extend from the house. They are functional and are an interesting design feature. In a typical bay window arrangement, the center window is a fixed picture window, and the two side windows can be casement, single- or double-hung. On the inside, this can create a bay or shelf. If you’re remodeling and want to add bay windows where there is currently a wall, expect an expense between $1,150 and $3,550. If you’re swapping out windows in an existing bay window arrangement, the price will depend on the style of the windows you choose.
- Architecturally interesting
- Allows a lot of natural light into the home
- Adds square footage
- Requires skilled installation
- May block walkways or exterior space
5. Sliding Windows
Sliding windows are a more common option for horizontal window orientations. They work just like they sound: by one section sliding over another, like a sliding glass door. The sliding allows for great airflow and relatively good sealing. Other than a lock, sliders don’t have mechanical components, which helps with upkeep and overall cost. On average, sliders cost between $400 and $1,300 to install, the top range representing larger sliding windows.
- Among the least expensive windows to install
- Work in most styles of homes
- Easy to operate and durable
- Can get stuck over time
- Cleaning the outside is challenging
- The center frame obstructs views
6. Awning Windows
These windows get their name from the awning-like protection they provide when open. They are a good option if you like to keep your windows open when it’s raining. With hinges at the top, awning windows are typically paired with a picture window. Unlike casement windows, which sit vertically and open along a vertical plane, awning windows sit horizontally and open from the top of the frame. When open, they allow for decent airflow. The crank mechanism is easy to use and creates a tight seal when not in use. The downside of awning windows is that they protrude outward and can obstruct walkways. You can avoid this issue by installing awning windows on the upper floors or higher up on your walls. The average cost to install awning windows is between $350 and $900 per window.
- Can remain open during rainfall
- Airtight and secure
- Easy to open and close
- Mechanical parts can wear or break
- They can be damaged if left open to the elements
- May obstruct exterior spaces
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