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a guide to different window types

A Guide to the Different Types of Windows

If you’re looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency, replacing your windows is one of the best ways to do it. After all, heat gain and loss through your windows are responsible for up to 30% of your heating and cooling energy use. But, with so many different types of windows available, how can you make sure you’re making the most efficient choice for your home?

Continue reading to learn about some of the most popular window options for Missouri homeowners so you can make an informed choice for your home.

Casement Windows

casement windows

Much like a door, casement windows open outward, swinging from a hinge. You use a crank to open and close them, so you’re in control of how much airflow comes into your home, which comes in handy on breezy days here in the St. Louis area. 

Casement windows are a good energy-efficiency option since they have a weathertight seal to help prevent heat gain or loss through your windows. However, keep in mind that they are prone to damage if you leave them open in the elements for too long.

Picture Windows

If you want to enjoy an unobstructed view of your front or backyard, there’s no better way to do it than with a large picture window. They help bring natural light into your home and tend to be a cost-effective window option. 

Like casement windows, they have a weathertight seal and one of the more energy-efficient window options. The only drawback is they’re fixed in position and cannot be opened.

Single-Hung or Double-Hung Windows

andersen fiberglass windows

One of the most popular windows in our area is a single-hung or double-hung option. These windows open by sliding along a vertical track but don’t swing outward. Single-hung windows slide open on the bottom only, while the top remains in place. Double-hung windows, on the other hand, have two operable sashes on the top and bottom.

While they can be harder to open than other types of windows, they’re popular because they’re energy-efficient and cost-effective. This is especially helpful if you’re planning to replace all of your home’s windows

Awning Windows

As their name suggests, awning windows open outward from the bottom, forming an awning-like protection beneath your windows. If you like to keep your windows open during rainstorms, these could be the perfect option for you. Similar to casement windows, these open by the use of a crank, so you can determine how much airflow to allow into your home.

A slightly more expensive choice, awning windows are airtight when closed, making them an energy-efficient option. 

Sliding Windowssliding window

Finally, sliding windows are a popular option with Missouri homeowners, since they allow great airflow and they’re one of the most budget-friendly options on the market. These windows slide along a horizontal track, making it easy for you to let fresh air into your home on pleasant days. 

These are a durable replacement window option, but keep in mind that the center frame of the window will partially obstruct your view outside. 

Consider Replacing Your Windows to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Now that you know more about the different types of windows available, you can start planning your home improvement project. Here at Siding Express, we proudly offer Andersen and Marvin windows, two of the leading brands on the market. 

Reach out to our team today to learn more about which windows might make the most sense in your home and how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

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