Comparing replacement windows and patio doors on Long Island is tricky business. You’ve probably already asked for advice from your friends and neighbors who have recently invested in off-the-shelf products or worked with a local contractor. You may have even done some online research, checking out reviews on Angie’s List and Google. While finding a reputable dealer and a brand with a solid track record is an important first step, you should not neglect researching the many different styles on the market today and how they meet your design and energy-efficiency needs.
This article will help you prepare yourself for the in-home consultation – and give you a better idea of how important it is to carefully consider which type of window is best for you and your family.
Renewal by Andersen Tip: Many homeowners choose to install a variety of window styles in their home because every room has a unique feel, function and purpose.
Choosing the Right Replacement Window for the Right Reason
Many factors will influence your style choices. Are you looking for home windows that don’t require a lot of maintenance? Want something that is easy to clean? Working on a tight-budget or renovation schedule? All these things can directly (or indirectly) effect which style you choose. Let’s briefly look at a few different styles and some of the pros and cons of each.
Single Hung Windows
This style of window has a sash that lifts vertically to enable air circulation. One of the key benefits it price. Generally, a single hung window is cheaper than double-hung styles when all other features are the same. But consider that the savings come with a cost: you can only open the bottom half of your window. If you have small children, this can be a safety concern. You also lose the opportunity to open your windows to let out the hot air that accumulates at the top of a room, while letting in cooler air at the bottom of the window.
Double Hung Windows
This is one of the most popular type of windows on Long Island. Like their cousin, the single-hung window, this style has a sash that lifts vertically. However, you can also lower the upper sash to create a self-circulating effect. When manufactured with ENERGY STAR labeled glazing and high performance frames, double-hung windows are extremely energy-efficient. You’ll also find the tilt-to-clean feature that allows you to clean both interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home makes window cleaning day easier than ever before.
This style gained popularity in the 19th Century and was seen frequently in Victorian homes. Like casements and awning windows, hopper replacement windows are excellent at blocking air and moisture leaks. The movable window panel “presses” against the frame rather than sliding against the weather stripping so there is less friction. They are especially suited to compact spaces, areas over doors and beneath picture windows to encourage airflow. Unlike casement and awning home windows, a hopper pulls down and in from the top rather than opening outward.
Casement & Awning Windows
Casement and awning windows usually operate with a single level or crank. Like hopper windows, these two styles rate exceptionally high on the energy-efficiency scale. In fact, next to fixed windows, casements are the most likely to save you the most money on your heating and cooling bills, providing their have a high-quality frame and other building components.
Specialty Windows: Geometric Shapes, Bays, Bows and Arches
Some people assume you have to replace a square window with another square window of the same style. While this might be the simplest replacement, you can switch styles – like casements and hoppers – with a different style, and a different shape. Specialty replacement windows let you remove a large picture window and go back with a unique configuration that transforms a flat view to a panoramic view with a beautiful bay or bow. You may also decide you’d like to convert a plain Jane tall rectangular window with a fixed arch window or a configured variation that uses different shaped windows to form the same effect. One solution to create a stunning arch window presentation is to meld a semi-circle (or a half-circle) above a traditional rectangle replacement window and use a sunburst grille pattern to accentuate the design.
Having the flexibility to design and custom-build your home windows is one of the terrific advantages of installing custom replacement windows. So whether you want easy care windows, a unique window shape to accentuate the best features of your home or you’re concerned about upgrading your home on a budget, your professional window design consultant can help you consider your options.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Get Your Replacement Style Questions Answered Today
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island carries a complete line of replacement windows and patio door options, including many not mentioned here. If you’ve still got questions or want to know if a particular design is possible, just fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to you. Need an answer now? Give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a no-obligation home consultation.
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