Your windows are an important part of your home, especially during the spring. They allow that gorgeous natural light and fresh air to flood in, while giving you the chance to enjoy the scenery outside. The right windows can even help you to reduce your energy bills, which comes in handy during our unpredictable Midwest seasons.
If you’ve started the process of looking for new windows for your Kansas City home, you might be overwhelmed with all of the window replacement options out there. We’ve picked out our top six window styles for you to consider for your next window replacement so you can update your home and have a great view of every season.
Single-hung windows are one of the most common styles of windows, found in many homes in the area as well as across the country. They consist of two separate panes of glass, referred to as “sash.” With a single-hung window, the bottom pane moves up and down, allowing you to open and close the window. You can also tilt the bottom pane in, allowing you to clean it. The top pane is fixed, and does not move. As far as your window replacement goes, single-hung windows will be the most budget-friendly.
Double-hung windows are another one of the most common types of windows. It is fairly similar in style to the single hung window, consisting of two separate sashes. The major difference between the two is in how they operate. While only the bottom sash moves on a single hung window, both sashes can move up and down on a double-hung. If you so choose, you can open either the bottom or the top, or even both (for maximum air flow). Double-hung windows are well suited for homes with young children. The double hung allows you to open the top sash, while keeping the bottom one firmly locked, keeping the little ones safe.
An oriel window is a type of bay-style window, and consists of several windows. It protrudes out from the side of the house, braced by a bracket or corbel. No supports extend to the ground. The name is often used interchangeably with a bay window, although oriel windows are located on the second floor or higher (bay windows are on the first floor). Oriel windows have been around for centuries, and allow for a beautiful panoramic view of the world outside. A window replacement with oriel windows may require additional construction to the room in question, which is something to keep in mind when considering this style of window.
Cottage windows are made up of smaller, individual panes of glass, divided by muntins, or a grille. While typically considered a type of double hung window, with the top sash being shorter than the bottom, cottage windows can also be side-by-side and open outward, or be stationary. This particular style was once popular on older homes, built in the early 1900s.
Casement windows consist of a single sash that is mounted vertically and hinged on one side. The window opens outward, operated by a hand crank. When open, it allows air to flow in freely; however, the window itself is subjected to wind and rain. When closed, a casement window seals tightly to its jamb, making it one of the best windows for keeping out those fickle Kansas City elements.
An awning-style window is like a casement window, only turned on its side. It, too, operates with a crank, opening, as the name suggests, like an awning. This way, it allows you to keep the window open, even when it is raining out. Awing style windows are particularly popular in coastal regions. They are also popular for use as bathroom windows.
Quite often, when you think about remodeling your home, specific projects come to mind – redoing the floors, updating the kitchen, redecorating. But don’t forget about your windows! The right windows will not only perform well, they will also give your home a beautiful new look.
Still need help? Schedule your window replacement consultation with the experts at Windows Floors & Decor today.