Tax refunds are hitting the mailboxes around the Minneapolis area this month, and many homeowners we talk to want to put that cash to good use by investing in replacement windows. That makes great financial sense, because quality energy-efficient windows will not only increase the value of your home but will save you money on utilities over time.
Putting new windows in a home can be exciting but also overwhelming because you have so much to choose from. One thing we work with our customers on is choosing windows that are going to work well with the home as well as the owner. Each type of window offers the homeowner something different. If you’re not sure which type of window is right for you, take a look at the options below. There are others to choose from, but when we look at current trends in the home design market, these remain the most popular ones.
Popular Window Styles
Gliding – Gliding windows are usually chosen for ease of cleaning. They provide the window with a way to slide it open and then close it easily. Plus, this is a great way to get a lot of fresh air inside the home. Gliders are also one of the best choices you can make if you’re thinking about home functionality and aging in place. Glider windows are some of the easiest ones to open – something to think about as you get older.
Double Hung – These windows give a classic look that many homeowners want when it comes to choosing something a bit simpler. This is a traditional window style. Double hung windows match just about any type of home, making it an ideal and easy choice to go with. Their one main advantage is that you can have both the top and bottom sashes open for plenty of ventilation. But because they require a bit of ‘muscle’ to lift, they may not be the best choice for hard-to-reach areas or for senior homeowners.
Casement – The most energy efficient choice on the market for windows that open, casement windows provide the user with a way to ensure that they’re able to get more out of their windows, but less in their energy bill. Like gliding windows, casements are much easier to open than double hung windows. Their only drawback is you need enough clearance on the exterior because these windows protrude when they’re open. They aren’t a good choice for areas right next to a walkway, but they are perfect for spots where it might be difficult to lift open a double hung window, such as over a kitchen sink.
Awning – Awning windows are becoming more popular. Once relegated to basement spaces with limited room for windows, awning windows are now showing up in just about every room in the house. Because the provide a covered area when they are open, you can have fresh air even when it’s raining. And if you’re going for a contemporary look for our home (as many homeowners we talk to are), awning windows fit that trend perfectly.
Picture – This is a given but picture windows are for more sunlight and better views. These fixed windows maximize your view, but because they can’t be opened, they are often paired with double hung windows or casements on the side for ventilation. One very popular design currently is to install several awning windows underneath a picture window to let cooler air in lower down.
The choices you have for new windows are plentiful. Go with the windows that look the best with your home or that speak to you. You can always ask our professionals here at Window Outfitters to help you make a decision. We are THE replacement window company for for the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.