10 Great Choices for Upgrading Your Home’s Windows (Part 1)

Windows can personalize a new home or add more value to an existing one, so know the styles available and the benefits each offers.

1. Double-hung. This is the most popular style. The top and bottom sashes move up and down independently, letting in more air. They’re a great option with young children or pets, since you can keep the bottom closed for safety, but open the top for ventilation. Most models have sashes that tilt in or come out for cleaning.
2. Single-hung. This very basic window opens only form the bottom. The top sash doesn’t move. They’re less expensive than double-hung, but can be hard to clean form the inside.
3. Casement. These are hinged on the side with a crank at the bottom that opens them. Older homeowners prefer casements to double-hung window you push up and pull down. The crank also makes for easy6 opening in hard to reach location, such a over a kitchen sink.
4. Sliders. This design uses panels that slide on a track. It sometimes includes a fixed middle panel, with two sliding side windows. It’s another good option for older homeowners because there’s not lifting. This style also provides great ventilation and big views.

English: Double hung window
English: Double hung window (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Picture. This is simply a large, fixed window that gives an unobstructed picture of the view it provides. It is often combined with double-hung or casement windows on each side.