Posted on August 31, 2018
One of the easiest ways to update the look of your Northern Virginia home is to replace the windows. While the design change is an important part of any renovation, new windows will also better protect your home. Not only are newer replacement windows better designed, making them less drafty, they are also insulated and energy-efficient. This will help you lower the heating and cooling costs of your home.
There are many different types of replacement windows that are available for your Northern Virginia home. Determining which style of window to choose can be difficult. However, we wish to give you as many options as possible, to fit almost any design aesthetic. Furthermore, don’t feel pressured to choose just one replacement window style. Mixing and matching which windows you choose can make your home unique and allow it to better match your vision.
Double hung windows are probably the most traditional style of replacement window we have available. This also makes them the most popular. Double hung windows slide vertically and are best suited for window openings that are taller than they are wide. In a double hung window, both the top and bottom tilt inward to allow for easy cleaning. We also offer a single hung window type, where only the bottom half of the window can move.
Casement and awning windows are quite similar, although casement windows are vertically-aligned and awning windows are horizontally-aligned. In a casement window, the hinges are located on either the left or right side, whereas with awning windows, the hinges are located on the top. Both windows typically only open outward. As they have a tighter seal, they are less likely to be drafty, therefore they are a great type of window for those who are energy conscious.
Bay and bow windows are quite similar, although there are a few subtle differences between them.
A bay window is traditionally made up of only three window pane sections, with the central focus window parallel to the wall it is installed in. The remaining windows are then typically installed at 25 - 45 degree angles pointing back toward the wall on either side of the central window pane.
A bow window is much like a bay window, only it is made up of more than 3 window panes. This type of window typically contains 3, 4, or 5 windows at 10 - 15 degree angles. These windows form a semi-circle that don’t need to have one pane parallel to the wall it is installed in.
A slider window is very similar to a double or single hung window, however, a slider window is oriented horizontally instead of vertically. A slider window will open from left-to-right (or vice versa) instead of from top-to-bottom.
A picture window is a large, single center panel that is installed flat against the wall. A picture window is designed to be a large, open space that lets in a lot of light. Usually they are accompanied by a different type of window on either side of the main window.
A garden window forms a box-like structure that typically extends past the exterior of the house. Ideal for keeping plants that need a lot of sunlight, a garden window can be used to create an open feeling in a room. These windows can usually be found in kitchens.
A decorative window is one that is purely used for design and not the practical use of letting in light or opening to let in air. They can be made of stained glass, but typically have beveled glass to create the design. There are many different styles that can be considered a decorative window, usually uniquely designed for the client.
Once you have made your choice for which type of window you would like to install, we will be happy to help you get started on your window renovations. Even though many people think replacement windows can be a simple DIY project, there are design and installation considerations that should be left up to a professional. We will work closely with you to ensure your replacement windows are everything you could ask for.
If you are ready to get started on replacing your windows, don’t hesitate to contact us by filling out our easy online form or by calling us at 703-828-7414.