Posted on November 9, 2018
One of the easiest ways to refresh the look of your Northern Virginia home is to redo your windows. New windows can help enhance the curb appeal of your home, as well as update its overall aesthetic. Additionally, new windows will save you money, both in reducing your energy costs and adding overall value to your home.
It can be difficult, however, to decide which type of replacement window will best suit your needs. With a large variety of windows available on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose. We are here to help you find that perfect replacement window for your Northern Virginia home. And keep in mind, you can mix and match from any of these styles to best fit your design needs!
When you think of a traditional-looking window, you are actually thinking of a double hung window. This type of window is one of the most popular choices for replacement windows amongst Northern Virginia homeowners. These windows slide open vertically, and are perfect for those openings that have a greater height than width. Double hung windows are also a popular choice because they are easy to clean, as both the top and bottom panes tilt inward. A single hung window is also a popular choice, the difference being that only the bottom pane can move vertically.
The next most popular type of window is actually two distinct types: casement and awning windows. These two types of windows are only beaten in popularity by double hung windows. In fact, some Northern Virginia homeowners have made the case that casement and awning windows are more energy efficient than double hung, as they only open outward and tend to be less drafty. Therefore, some believe they should be implemented more in houses.
While very similar, the main difference between casement and awning windows is their alignment. Casement windows are vertically-aligned, with hinges located on the left or right side. On the other hand, awning windows are horizontally-aligned, with hinges located on the top.
Two other types of replacement windows that are quite similar are bay and bow windows, although they do have some differences.
Typically comprised of 3 window panes, bay windows have a central pane that is installed parallel to its wall. The other two windows on either side of this central, "focal" window are installed at 25 - 45 degrees, angled back toward the wall.
A bow window usually has more than 3 panes - anywhere from 3 to 5. These panes are installed at 10-15 degree angles and does not have a central focus window that is parallel to the wall. A bow window looks more curved than a bay window, with a more smooth-style semi-circular construction.
There are a few other types of windows that are fairly popular as well. Slider windows are like double-hung, but with a horizontal orientation. Picture windows are large panes of glass that are included in homes to increase the amount of light that enters a room. Finally, a decorative window is just that - a window that uses beveled glass of different colors to add a specific design element to a room.
While less popular than the other windows listed above, these windows can be used to finish out the look of your Northern Virginia home.
Deciding on which window is right for you can be a daunting process. However, it doesn't have to be. We are here to help make the process as smooth as possible, and cannot wait to help you get started on your replacement window project. While these styles are thought to be the most popular in 2019, we will be happy to help you implement the perfect replacement window design for you.
If you are ready to get started, or would like some further information, please feel free to reach out to us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at (703) 828-7414.