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Choosing The Right Windows for Different Areas of the House

When choosing the right windows for your home, the following are general guidelines that should be taken into consideration . There are always exceptions to every rule depending on the situation at hand. For the best result and performance, it is always recommended to consult with professionals. Let us review what are the most popular windows types for different areas for the house:

Single-Hung Windows

Use these anywhere except bathrooms. This includes rooms with slanted ceilings or angled ceilings where they won’t fit properly without being cut down/adjusted in some way. These types have one horizontal bottom sash and one top vertical sash so can easily be opened for ventilation purposes by sliding the top pane open only. It goes up and down very smoothly because it has a counterweight on top of it. Those could be the right windows for your home.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hungs are all-purpose windows. They’re good for most rooms including bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, etc.. The only caution is to not use them where they’d be exposed to very harsh elements or extreme temperatures. A window like this would quickly warp if placed against an exterior wall with direct exposure to the weather (no overhang/eaves), especially one with southern exposure. If you live in really cold climates these may not be the right windows for you because the bottom sash will freeze shut every time it’s left down. These things happen more often than you might think! You can also use them anywhere indoors.

Casement Windows

Good for any room except bathrooms. These can be used for kitchens, porches, sunrooms, basements, etc... They're nice because they open in and out instead of up and down so there's very little chance of them being left open by accident. You get maximum ventilation this way which is great if that's an issue in the room you're putting them into.

Bow/Bay Windows

Use these anywhere but bathrooms. A bow window is basically a bay window without its side extended portions. They look very pretty when installed correctly with the correct trim around them. The main downside to these types is that they tend to be more expensive than other types because they usually require more work to get them set up properly which also results in a higher price tag. If you have a curved wall with a bay window looking out from it they'll work great.

Round Windows

Not recommended for most homes with living space above the garage because things can get a bit awkward there from an installation standpoint. If you're going to use them anywhere in your home, bedroom windows are usually best as shown below.

Skylight Windows

A must-have if you live in an area with lots of rainfall or humidity. You can place these anywhere but not recommended for bedrooms due to privacy concerns. The problem with regular skylights is that people tend to forget about them which results in stuff being left on the roof, mold, and mildew forming around them, and lastly, leaks. If you do go with a skylight, buy a 'low profile' one to avoid the problems mentioned.

Flush Windows

These are great for rooms having slanted or angled ceilings because they can easily be installed in a permanently fixed position without too much extra work. They don't have any sashes so you will need to do either a double-hung or sliding type if possible. If not then put them into your bathroom because there's really no other use for them that makes sense.

Double Slider Windows

Use these anywhere in your home but reserved for bedrooms especially where there's plenty of privacy needed. They're very efficient in regards to saving energy because they form a single unit when closed which seals much better than two windows would. The only downside is the expense associated with them.

Other Things to Consider

The way your window will perform in your house will depend also on other factors. Let us review:

Window Wells

Very important if you want good drainage around your windows, especially at ground level where water won't drain away by itself after it rains or snows. If you don't install window wells around your windows then all that water will 'pool' directly against the side of your house which will create issues over time like peeling paint, mold growth, etc... An even worse scenario is when people neglect to put in a window well or don't make it deep enough and the bottom portion remains exposed. This is a good way to lose your foundation over time!

Window Sills

Use these anywhere in your home but reserved for bedrooms especially where there's plenty of privacy needed. They're very efficient in regards to saving energy because they form a single unit when closed which seals much better than two windows would. The only downside is the expense associated with them.

Trim

Don't forget about this! People often rush through this step and wind up regretting it later on. You need to get the trim just right so that your windows will have a finished look and won't be an eyesore for anyone who looks at them. There are different types of trim but the two most common types are shown below which can be used around any window type except for round ones because these pieces don't work with that.

Window Blinds

This is perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of window replacement because there are several types to choose from, their quality can vary greatly, and they come in different price ranges as well. Blinds may not be completely necessary if you have good drapes or can put up nice curtains instead-but blinds do offer some very real benefits which include:

  • Cleaner look: Using only curtains will make it look like you’re trying to hide something behind them when people drive by or look at your home from the street. In contrast, regular blinds provide a clean finished look that’s more suitable for almost any room or style of décor.
  • Better insulation: Using window blinds will create an added barrier between the outside and inside to reduce heat transfer. This is especially important for windows in colder climates where energy bills are higher.
  • Better security: Having window blinds that are capable of being locked can help prevent break-ins by making it harder to get through your windows.

Conclusion

Choosing the right windows for each of the house rooms is not an easy task. You have to keep a lot of things in mind to make sure you make the most budget-friendly, efficient decision. Refer to this article to understand which window types fit your needs the best, and if in doubt, give our experts a call.

Choosing the right windows for each of the house rooms is not an easy task. You have to keep a lot of things in mind to make sure you make the most budget-friendly, efficient decision. Refer to this article to understand which window types fit your needs the best, and if in doubt, give our experts a call.

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