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Exploring the styles of replacement windows

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May 12, 2011

You'd be surprised at how many homeowners have an assortment of window types and styles in their homes, but cannot affix a name to each. You'll know when to replace them, of course, if you pay attention to your energy bills, have the window hardware break off in your hand, or feel drafts when you sit by your window in the fall and winter.

It makes life easier for you, your sales representative, or your contractor if you know the kind of windows you'll need before considering replacement window sizes.

Replacement window styles

Let's look at some standard styles:

  1. Casement windows have a single side hinge and open with a hand crank.
  2. Double-hung windows open when you slide the bottom sash upwards.
  3. Gliding windows open when you slide one sash horizontally.
  4. Awning windows open outward from their connection at the top of the frame.
  5. Bow and bay windows extend out from the wall of your home. They may include double-hung windows on the sides, with a fixed window in the center.
  6. Transom and picture windows are fixed, and cannot be opened. When considering replacement window sizes, you may want to match picture windows to the scale of your double-hung windows.
  7. Specialty windows are those with shapes and sizes often made to fit an architectural theme or motif. These can include oval windows, octagons, circle tops, Gothic, quarter circles, elliptical shapes, or arches.

Replacement window sizes

Most major window manufacturers offer replacement windows in all conventional sizes. If your home includes combinations of standard and custom windows, you may have to order custom replacements fine-tuned for your existing frames. If you can't find insert windows, then try shopping around for full-frame replacement products.

You'd be surprised at how many homeowners have an assortment of window types and styles in their homes, but cannot affix a name to each. You'll know when to replace them, of course, if you pay attention to your energy bills, have the window hardware break off in your hand, or feel drafts when you sit by your window in the fall and winter.

It makes life easier for you, your sales representative, or your contractor if you know the kind of windows you'll need before considering replacement window sizes. Let's look at some standard styles:

  • Casement windows have a single side hinge and open with a hand crank.
  • Double-hung windows open when you slide the bottom sash upwards.
  • Gliding windows open when you slide one sash horizontally.
  • Awning windows open outward from their connection at the top of the frame.
  • Bow and Bay windows extend out from the wall of your home. They may include double-hung windows on the sides, with a fixed window in the center.
  • Transom and Picture windows are fixed, and cannot be opened. When considering replacement window sizes, you may want to match picture windows to the scale of your double-hung windows.
  • Specialty windows are those with shapes and sizes often made to fit an architectural theme or motif. These can include oval windows, octagons, circle tops, Gothic, quarter circles, elliptical shapes, or arches.

Replacement Window Sizes

Most major window manufacturers offer replacement windows in all conventional sizes. If your home includes combinations of standard and custom windows, you may have to order custom replacements fine-tuned for your existing frames. If you can't find insert windows, then try shopping around for full-frame replacement products.

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