Thanks to the high tech manufacturers of today, windows come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing the right window can be real confusing, it's really necessary to break down the decision into categories.
1. Window types-styles
In choosing the style of window it is nice to match the style already on the house but that is not always the way. The most common types of windows are DOUBLE-HUNG-a traditional selection with two sashes that slide up and down. SINGLE-HUNG means the top sash is fixed and the bottom slides up and down. CASEMENT windows are side hinged and swing outward and operated by a crank. AWNING windows are hinged at the top, and the bottom swings out. HOPPER windows tilt from the bottom, opposite of an awning window. TILT-and TURN windows are a cross that swing like a casement or bottom tilt like a hopper. Horizontal SLIDER windows have tracks that the window slides in. FIXED windows don't open. BAY & BOW windows are beautiful and invite the sun, moon and light in your home very nice. Most bay windows can be constructed with as many panels as you wish and constructed in30, 40, 60 or 90 degree angles. Bay and Bow windows can create that extra room needed to finish off a room. Or just create a window seat area to enjoy the outside comforts of your home.
2. Frame materials
Windows are manufactured in a lot of different materials. Such as wood ready to paint, or wood that is pre-finished and complete. Or woods painted form a given selection provided by the manufacturer. Window frames can be vinyl, clad, aluminum or fiberglass.
3. Glass-energy efficiency
The two terms most widely discussed in defining the efficacy of a window in the terms of energy ratings is R-value, the ability of a material to resist heat flow through it. The higher the R-value the better. The other term always discussed is the U-factor, the rough measure of conductive heat loss and gain. Most window manufacturers provide a choice of low E glazing system best suited for your area's climate or the unique needs of your project.
4. Replacement windows
There a 3 basic choices in procedure of replacing windows.
- Replacement sashes-Installing jam liners along the inside of the frame and insert new sashes into the liners.
- Window insert-A rigid frame and sash assembly that sits inside an existing frame and seats against an interior or exterior stop. The existing window sill stays in place.
- New construction window-Remove the existing damaged or out of date window entirely including the sill. A new window unit is installed complete with trim and all. Mares & Dow Construction has always been very satisfied with windows manufactured by Andersen Windows Doors, Marvin Windows and Doors, Milgard Windows Doors and Jeld Wen Windows & Doors.