When many Long Island homeowners embark on their first replacement window shopping journey they may believe most windows are pretty much the same, except for the size and shape. As they get further into it, however, they learn how much there is to learn. Windows impact so many aspects of your life, it’s important to look beyond the first glance.
Of course, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window experts recognize the importance of both size and shape:
- Size matters because one of the advantages of installing custom-fitted replacement windows and patio doors is the minimal construction required to replace existing windows
- Shape variations have a large influence on the overall aesthetic appeal. But, sometimes the not so obvious characteristics are just as significant
Looking Beyond the First Glance at Replacement Windows
Windows do more than just provide an opening to view the world beyond your four walls. Naturally, window styles and energy efficiency rank high among the myriad considerations for homeowners, but have you considered the importance of choosing the direction your windows open – left to right, up and down, in or out? The operational aspect of your home windows makes a huge difference in functionality and livability. The proper direction choices make your life easier, more convenient and safer. Poor choices may lead to frustration and inconvenience.
Different Directions for Different Settings
Vertical Operation – Single & Double Hung Styles
Many Long Island home windows raise and lower to let in the fresh air. Single and double-hung windows rank near the top of the list for convenience, comfort and affordability, while modern glazing technology provides ample opportunities to control the amount of light that enters your home and improves energy-efficiency.
There are other benefits to choosing vertical opening windows.
- Tilt-in-to-clean styling makes it possible to clean both interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home – reducing safety hazards associated with climbing ladders and hassles that come with trekking back and forth trying to get both sides of the glass clean and streak-free.
- The drop down upper sash in double-hung windows makes this style perfect for areas where young children may be tempted to lean or climb out the window.
- Vertical operation means opening your windows never interferes with traffic patterns outdoors or impacts furniture placement indoors.
Horizontal Operation – Sliders & Gliders
Like double-hung replacement windows, sliding patio doors and gliding windows don’t impact traffic patterns or interfere with interior decorating goals. Gliding windows work very well alone, or as an accessory for fixed windows to increase ventilation.
In & Out Designs
Windows that move side to side or raise up and down aren’t as easy to access in areas of your home where windows are installed higher on the wall or over a counter.
If you want to avoid overreaching or having to use a step stool or ladder anytime you want to catch a cool evening breeze, choosing an in and out operational style is wise.
Casement windows – which can be the most energy-efficient operational window style – generally crank outward. Some casement windows can be configured to open inward if your interior space allows and the design works better for your needs.
Hinges along the vertical edge allow you to fully open your windows for maximum ventilation and a single lever/handle makes one-handed opening and closing nearly effortless.
Hoppers are often seen in basements, near the ceiling in other rooms or mulled with other window styles for aesthetic appeal or air circulation management. Like casement windows, hoppers typically have a single operating lever. Unlike casement windows, hoppers are hinged along the bottom edge and pull inward, without a crank.
Awning windows are similar to hoppers except they’re hinged at the top and open outward. You get the same easy operation with a distinct advantage. The window design creates a mini-umbrella over the window when it’s open so you can still enjoy a refreshing breeze even if it’s raining.
The Other Directional Consideration
Operational directions aren’t the only directions Long Island homeowners need to consider when designing their replacement windows. The direction your windows face can also impact your glass choices.
The number of hours of direct sunlight that will shine on your windows can have a significant effect on your energy management and costs. Each room could conceivably require different glazing selection for maximum comfort, convenience and cost efficiency.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: We’ve Got Your Replacement Window Directions
Operational style isn’t the only thing homeowners should consider, or even the most important aspect of designing replacement windows and patio doors for your home. But, it’s still a critical characteristic that deserves careful thought.
Need some more information about glazing options and operational styles? We’re here to help you choose the best window styles for functionality and livability. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.
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