Replacement windows are an essential part of any home replacement project, but there’s always a lot of confusion when it comes to finding the right replacement window for your needs.
This article discusses some things to think about before buying replacement windows so that your decision-making process is easier!
We’ll discuss what replacement windows are, how they work, and the different types of replacement window styles available on the market today!
Budget – How much are you willing to spend on replacement windows?
Replacement windows come in a number of different price ranges depending on the quality and materials used. Generally, replacement window prices depend on size, type (double-hung or single), style (casement, double-hung) features such as Low E glass to reduce energy costs, ventilation options, etc. The cost should be determined by your budget for replacement windows.
You can buy replacement windows in a number of different price ranges depending on the quality and materials used.
You can replace windows made by you. A DIY replacement window project will be fun and also a bit cheap for your pocket.
Window Style – What style do you prefer for your new replacement windows?
There are many styles of replacement windows, and some have become more popular than others. Let us look at the most common window style options available today!
Historic Window Styles
These traditional replacement window styles include:
Double Hung – The original design is still one of the most used replacement window types in homes all over the world. This replacement window style consists of two vertically stacked sashes, one above the other, both moving independently to open and close.
Single Hung – The single-hung replacement windows are identical to double hung replacement windows but with only one upper sash that moves up and down like a standard hinged door (sliding horizontally in some models).
Fixed replacement windows – Also known as non-operable replacement windows, are unable to be opened. This window style is often found in homes that have limited space or on the second story of a home where there is no need for ventilation.
Modern Window Styles
Awning replacement windows – The awning replacement window has an extra-large bottom sash that tilts outward to open. When the window is closed, the top sash slides down behind it.
Casement replacement windows – Have hinges on one side and swing outward from the frame when opened. These replacement windows are often referred to as a hopper replacement window because it opens like a little door.
Double Hung replacement windows – These replacement windows open from the center and have two vertically stacked sashes, one above the other. The top sash slides up and down while the bottom sash only slides horizontally to provide ventilation.
Single Hung replacement windows – This replacement window style is identical to double hung replacement windows but with only one upper sash that moves up and down like a standard hinged door.
Slider replacement windows – Have two or three sashes that move vertically within the frame. These replacement window types are popular because they open easily for cleaning, ventilation, and emergency exits; however, they do not provide much insulation during cold weather.
Picture replacement windows – These replacement windows consist of one large fixed pane of glass surrounded by smaller panes.
Window Color – What color do you want your replacement windows to be?
You want your replacement windows to look nice, but should they match the existing house style?
In a word, no. There are many reasons for this: heritage and personal taste. The color of the siding on your house or business has nothing to do with what color window you should choose. The perfect color is whatever looks good and reflects light well.
Replacing your wood or vinyl windows with aluminum ones will not enhance the appearance of your building; it will be an improvement in insulation and long-lasting strength, but it won’t make for a better-looking building. The color of the replacement windows you choose should be no different than the color of new siding or paint on your house or business.
Your replacement windows are more likely to blend in if they are two shades lighter or darker than the color of your trim, door, fascia, etc. If you have a red brick house and stained wood trim, paint your new windows dark green.
If you have white siding with brown trim, paint the windows dark brown or tinted light brown. Don’t be afraid to go for contrast: pick a color that contrasts sharply with the existing brick or siding and trim paint.
This will make your building stand out, but not in an offensive way; it’ll look natural.
Window Treatments – Do you want any special treatments on your new replacement windows?
Window treatments are what people use to cover their windows. They are available in many different styles, colors, and materials. Some can be opened or closed with a handle while others require cords or chains to adjust the window covering.
There are several types of window treatments: curtains, drapes, blinds, shades, shutters, and TV screens are the most common window treatments available.
Some people have one major window treatment for each window in their house, while others have several different treatments on each window (for example, one type of covering for an outside wall and a different type of covering for an inside wall). They work by allowing you to control how much light enters your room or how much you can see outside.
There are many different styles of window treatments available, including the classic roman shade, which is a flat fabric shade that is pulled down to cover the top half of the window and then raised again to let light in when needed.
Another popular style of window treatment is called cellular blinds, which are made up of one long piece of fabric that is enclosed between two pieces of vinyl or plastic and then allowed to snap down into place.
Cellular blinds can be opened and closed just like a regular window, but you raise and lower them by pulling on each individual blind so they look somewhat like stacked marbles when in the up position.
Another type of window treatment is called drapery, which is a heavy curtain that is typically made from velvet or some other soft fabric.
Drapes can be hung from the rod by rings or on a flat rod and tied back to allow the drape to hang straight down. Sometimes they are also attached at the top or bottom of the drapes with snaps or toggles.
Shades and shutters are another popular window treatment that is available in a variety of styles and colors.
The inside of most shades and shutters starts with a paper material called Mylar, which makes them very energy efficient because they can open and close just like regular windows.
However, shades and shutters also have an outer cover that can be made from many different types of materials including wood, vinyl, fabric, or plastic. Some people find it easier to clean the Mylar surface while others enjoy having a more decorative opening in their window treatment.