Winter is not far off now, so we should make the most of the beautiful fall season. Besides the incredible colours to see, it’s also a good time to replace your windows and doors, now that the summer heat has dissipated.
Many renovators and home repair professionals will have more time as the fall season continues. It’s a good time to get this difficult job done.
If you haven’t, you can look online for window ideas but keep in mind that although some replacement windows may look good and seem stylish, they may not be the best windows for your house, or in certain parts of your house.
The hot summer sun on part of your home, combined with bitter cold winds and sleet on another part of your home in winter needs to be taken into consideration. Along with the energy ratings, durability and style of your new windows.
Window Types: Which Ones to Choose?
Here are the 8 basic window styles: Awning, Bay, Bow, Casement, Double-Hung, Fixed, Slider, and Skylights. Each style has its own energy-rating, capabilities, and operating mechanisms. Some, like the slider or awning window require the user to push the window open and closed. These windows move along the frame and don’t create a lot of airflow. Others such as the casement window have a crank to open the window which often moves outside the wall where it can catch more of any passing breeze.
The Popularity of Casement Windows
Since the casement window is so popular and handy that way, let’s take a closer look at it.
The new home above is predominately casement windows. The fact that they swing out vertically and the degree of opening is controllable makes them popular. You can have almost 100% of the surface open to the breeze.
Casement windows swing out on hinges on one side of the window frame. The path of the casement window is controlled by a crank which pulls on a track that’s attached to the bottom of the window.
Good windows will have a high quality crank that folds up as in some Pella Vinyl Windows. The poorer ones tend to break down because of cheap parts. The maximum size for this window is 71.5” x 35.5”. A 6 foot high window is large and if it’s opened into a strong gust of wind, it could possibly damage it.
Quality windows are strong however the force from a gust of wind is surprisingly heavy. Wind is one method of testing whether you have good quality windows. In the winter, during storms, wind will put a fair amount of stress on the window sash and this is how warm air is leaked out.
Air Flow and Ease of Use
The beauty of the casement window is in how it captures breezes and how easy it is to open and close with the hand crank. And the window is held in a stationary angle by the crank mechanism. So the window won’t move in the wind.
I think most people would vote the casement window as the best because of its ability to help air flow, and by the fact it has one or two compression latches that make it more air tight than other windows.
Usually a screen is placed on the inside of the casement window and it doesn’t interfere with opening or closing. If you choose to use horizontal blinds on the inside too, the handle can tangled up with the blinds and the strings used to raise and lower the blinds. It’s a small pain really, but it can result in some bent blind slats.
Whether to buy wood, fiberglass or vinyl replacement windows is up to you. If you’re a busy commuter with little time to spare, you might prefer the low maintenance vinyl windows. If you don’t mind doing sanding and repainting every few years, then you might find wood windows to your liking.
If you’re ready to get serious about selecting your new home windows, then please give me a call or send an email. We can get started with a look at your house or townhome and help you decide which type of windows are ideal, and if we can do something new to make your home more unique, enjoyable and more salable, if you’re thinking about the years ahead.