What type of windows do you have in your Lincoln home? While windows may seem like a basic fixture, they have a large impact on the look of both the interior and the exterior of your home. In fact, Lincoln window replacements are one of the most cost-effective renovations that you can make in your home. Whether you choose a uniform window type for your home or switch it up depending on the room, the windows will revamp the style of your home.
Here, we’ll cover the main types of residential windows, as well as what to consider in your choice of window style. With the right type of window, you can enhance the overall look of your home.
What To Consider When Choosing a Window Type
Airflow and Natural Light
Two of the main functions of a window are to provide ventilation and allow natural light into your home. Different window types provide varying degrees of natural light and ventilation. So, you need to consider how much of each you want in your home before selecting a window type. For example, in your home office, you may want windows that allow in as much natural light as possible. But, in the bedroom, you may want somewhat less natural light so that you don’t have to wake up with the sun.
Existing Home Style
Every home in Lincoln has a distinct architectural look. To ensure that your windows blend seamlessly with the existing style of your home, consider the general theme. Does your home have a traditional look? Is it modern and minimalist? Or, does it have the style of a ranch home? No matter the style, you’ll have multiple window type options to match it.
Window types offer varying levels of energy efficiency. The most energy-efficient windows will provide an air-tight seal. When no air can pass in or out of your home through the closed windows, your heating and cooling systems won’t need to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Common Window Types
When it comes to residential windows, there are many different options at your disposal, including:
Casement windows have hinges on the sides that allow the panes to open outward. Since this window type opens outward, it tends to work best for higher floors so that it doesn’t interfere with patio space. Typically, casement windows have big glass panes to allow in plenty of unobstructed natural light. The seal on a closed casement window is very tight, providing excellent energy-efficiency.
Single- and Double-Hung Windows
Among the most popular residential window types are single- and double-hung windows. Single-hung windows have a lower and upper sash; the lower sash can be opened and the upper sash is fixed. With double-hung windows, both the upper and lower sashes can move. For this reason, double-hung windows can provide more ventilation than single-hung windows.
Single- and double-hung windows can be installed just about anywhere, which makes them a convenient option for many homeowners. These window types also provide a classic look that coordinates well with just about any home design. However, compared to other window types, single- and double-hung windows tend to leak more air.
Picture windows are designed solely to provide natural light and a view in your home. This type of window can’t be opened. While this means that you can’t gain ventilation from a picture window, it also means that air can’t leak out of a picture window, allowing for excellent energy-efficiency. A picture window is usually just a large pane of glass that provides an uninterrupted view of the outdoors.
Awning windows have a crank that can be used to open the window outward from the top of the sash. Typically, awning windows are coupled with picture windows. When installed at the top, bottom, or side of a picture window, awning windows allow for additional ventilation. Much like with casement windows, since awning windows open outward, they should be strategically placed so as not to obstruct your outdoor space. To learn more about available window types for your home in Lincoln, contact AGR Roofing and Construction today.