If you are in the process of upgrading your windows, you don't need to install windows that opens the same way your previous ones did. If you never liked the way your windows used to open, now is the time to make a change. Here is a quick rundown of your options:
Single Hung Windows
One of the most common types of windows found in homes are single hung windows. The screen on single hung windows is located on the bottom portion of the window. You have to slide the bottom glass pane of the window upwards in order to open the window.
Double Hung Windows
Double hung windows tend to be slightly more expensive than single hung windows but give you a wider variety of window opening options. Most double hung windows also have the window screens located on the bottom portion of the window. Like single hung windows, you can slide the bottom glass pane of the window upwards in order to open the window and allow air to flow into your home.
However, unlike single pane windows, you also have another window opening option. You can keep the bottom pane closed and instead slide down the top window pane, allowing air to flow through the top portion of your window instead of just through the bottom portion. You can also move your window screen to the top of your window if you prefer this opening method.
Slider windows work very similarly to single and double hung windows. However, instead of being orientated vertically, they are orientated and open horizontally. They generally have a screen in place to keep the bugs out.
Casement windows work completely differently than the two types of windows described above. Instead of sliding a panel of glass up or down, with casement windows you can open an entire panel of the window outward, away from your home. However, since casement windows open outward, they tend to not have screens in place, so there is nothing to keep the bugs from entering your home.
Similar to casement windows, awning windows also open outward. However, instead of swinging outward on a hinge, the bottom of an awning window tilts out and creates a mini-awning effect, hence the name. Just like casement windows, awning windows do not have screens and thus can't keep the bugs out of your house. However, they do allow for ample airflow throughout your home.
If you don't like the way your current windows open up, explore the options above. Choose new windows that open up in a manner that you prefer. Keep in mind that all of your windows don't have to open the same way; you may want awning windows in your bathroom and double hung windows in your living room.
For more information, contact Innovations Siding & Windows or a similar company.