Replacing Your Windows? Different Types to Choose From

Posted on: 16 November 2015

If you are planning to replace all of the windows in your home, you will soon see that you have many different types to choose from. Modern windows open in new ways due to new opening mechanisms, such as pivot and friction hinges. You will also find windows made from different materials. This guide will help you decide which type of window to choose:

Materials Used

Three types of materials you will find include these:

  • Wood: This is a versatile option, as it can be stained to a natural wood finish or painted. Wood is also very durable.
  • Vinyl: Vinyl windows that are double or triple glazed have excellent heat insulation. They are available in several colors as well as in a wood grain pattern, and they require little maintenance.
  • Aluminum: If you have large windows, a frame made of aluminum can withstand the weight of an expanse of glass. New aluminum is coated to prevent rusting.

For more energy efficient windows, choose double or triple glazing.

Types of Windows

Some of the types of windows you can choose from include these:

Casement Windows

These windows are hinged on the left or right hand side, and you turn a crank handle to open them outward. When shut, this window is sealed all the way around, which means you have less air leaks out the window.

Double Hung

With double-hung windows, the panels are movable in that they slide vertically when they are opened and closed. Some of these windows tilt inward, which means you can clean the panes while inside your home.


An awning window is hinged at the top. When opened, the glass slopes outward so you can leave it open even if it is raining outside.


A gliding window has a moving panel that you can slide horizontally to the right or left along a track when you open it. 

Window Tinting

Once you choose the types of windows you want, you may want to consider adding some tinting to them. Residential window tinting can keep your home cooler, as it has heat reduction.

Choose window tinting that blocks out a high percentage of the sun's ultraviolet rays if you want to protect your flooring, furniture, and curtains from fading.

Other types of window tinting can offer shatter resistance by holding shards of glass together if the window is hit by a baseball or damaged in some other way.

Contact a window contractor today to go over the many options you have in much more detail. 


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