What Type of Window Should You Buy?

Written on: May 26th, 2015 BY IN Windows

If you need new windows for your home, you’re probably doing a bunch of research, trying to find the right type. There are so many choices available that making a decision can be downright difficult! What type of window should you buy?

To determine which style and material is right for you, it’s a good idea to think about why you’re replacing your windows and what your top priorities are. Energy efficiency? Appearance? Security? This will help you determine what type of window you need.

Choosing Windows for Your House

What is the right type of window for your home? The two main considerations will be material and style.

Materials

Wood and vinyl are two popular options. Wood has natural beauty many people find appealing, but it’s more vulnerable to warping and rotting and requires a bit more maintenance than other materials. While vinyl windows are sometimes not recommended for extremely hot climates, they:

  • Are low-maintenance
  • Don’t require painting
  • Are less susceptible to rusting
  • Are energy-efficient
  • Work well with any home

Styles

We offer many different types of windows:

  • Single-hung: Single-hung are common styles of windows. The lower sash slides vertically to open while the upper sash remains stationary.
  • Double-hung: These windows are also found on many homes. Both sashes slide up and down and provide great ventilation.
  • Casement: Single-sash windows that are hinged on one side, casement windows are energy-efficient due to the tight seal created between the sash and the frame.
  • Awning: Awning windows are the same as casement windows except that they are hinged at the top (and have a more horizontal orientation).
  • Sliding: Sliding, or slider, windows have a sash that glides horizontally to open and offer great ventilation.
  • Bay and bow: Bay windows project outward from a home’s exterior—they are typically picture windows flanked by two or more smaller windows, usually casement or double-hung. Bow windows are like curved bay windows and help add architectural character to your home’s exterior.

What Are Your Priorities?

The factors that are most important to you will help you narrow down your options. Are your priorities:

  • Energy efficiency? Consider casement, awning, or bay windows. We also recommend reading more about window energy efficiency.
  • Beauty? Try bay or bow windows. In fact, they are sometimes used solely for aesthetic purposes!
  • Maintenance? Due to their design, double-hung windows are easy to clean.
  • Safety? With double-hung windows, you can leave the upper sash open and bottom one closed—still getting that breeze but helping prevent safety hazards for children and pets.

Window Installers Serving the Indianapolis Area

If you need new windows for your home in central Indiana, contact the team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We offer high-quality vinyl replacement windows and would love to help you choose the right ones for your home!

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