It’s winter and it may seem like the last thing you want to do is start thinking about your home renovations for spring, but if you plan on replacing your windows as part of your home renovations, then now is the time to get started. Windows are a big investment in any project and need careful consideration when choosing what type of window would be best suited to suit your needs. In this article, we will discuss the different types and styles available, and things to consider before buying your new windows.
Types of Frames
Window frames are an important consideration when replacing and installing new windows. The frame of the window is what holds the glass in place and at Kempenfelt Windows we only offer the best type of windows frames available on the market – Vinyl Frames. Unlike other types of frames such as wood or aluminum, vinyl frames are a more affordable and durable option. They also come in a variety of colours, and they are the best when it comes to being energy efficient because they have excellent insulation properties.
Different Types of Window Styles
Now is the time to consider the style of the window. There are a few different styles available:
Single Hung Windows: Single-hung windows open from the bottom and are a popular choice because they are affordable and easy to operate.
Double Hung Windows: Double-hung windows open from both the top and bottom, giving you more ventilation options. They tend to be more expensive than single-hung windows but offer greater insulation value.
Casement Windows: Casement windows open outwards like a door and are perfect for homes with limited space. They provide good airflow and can be opened completely to let in the fresh air.
Awning Windows: Awning windows hinge at the top and open outwards, providing ventilation even when it’s raining. They are a good choice for homes with high windows or windows that face the sun.
Slider Windows: Sliding windows slide horizontally to open and are a popular choice for basement windows. They can be locked in place to prevent children and pets from opening them accidentally.
Things To Consider Before Buying
Once you have chosen the frame type and style of window, there are still a few things to consider before making your purchase. Here are some factors to keep in mind:
Window Size: It is important to choose the right size window for your space. Too small of a window will not provide enough light and air circulation, while too large of a window could let heat escape in the winter and let in too much heat during the summer.
Window Location: There are many things to consider when choosing a window location, such as windows that face the sun and provide good sunlight or windows for basements that may not get enough natural light. You also need to consider what windows will be used for most often – bathrooms should have windows with frosted glass, while bedrooms can benefit from clear glass windows so you can open them at night without worrying about privacy.
Energy-Efficient Windows: Getting windows that are energy efficient will benefit you in the long run as they will help keep the outside temperature, whether that is hot or cold air, from entering your home, which will decrease the cost of your energy bill.
Style of Home: The style of your home is important when choosing windows since different windows will fit better on certain styles than others (e.g. Victorian homes often look best with casement windows). Before making any purchase decisions, take note of the overall design scheme you are going for and choose windows that blend well to create a cohesive feel in each room.
Windows with Low Maintenance: If you don’t want to spend too much time cleaning windows, then consider windows with low maintenance options like easy clean glass or frames made of vinyl instead of wood which can be expensive and may require special care in the long run.
Your Budget: Finally, it’s important to consider your budget before buying new windows because they can be costly depending on their size and frame type. It may seem like a big investment at first, but windows play an integral role in protecting your home from outside elements so spending more upfront means saving money over time by preventing water damage or increased heating costs due to windows that are poorly insulated.
We can help you begin your home improvements, beginning with your windows. Contact Kempenfelt Windows & Doors today to get started.