If you want to remodel the windows in your home, you first have to decide what type of window is best for your needs. Two popular options are double-hung windows and casement windows.
Double-hung windows have the traditional design that you expect when you think of windows. They have lower and upper sashes that you slide up and down to open or close the windows.
Casement windows, on the other hand, have hinges on one side, similar to a door. They are opened using a crank. This makes them easier to operate, particularly in hard-to-reach locations, such as above a desk or sink. Since they do not have a middle divider like double-hung windows do, casement windows provide an unobstructed view of your outdoor surroundings.
Casement windows also seal more tightly than double-hung windows do. This prevents hot or cold air from getting inside your home and can save you money on your energy bill.
Still, there are several disadvantages to casement windows. For starters, the crank required to open casement windows will likely need to be replaced at some point. It is also easy for casement windows to wear down in the elements. Finally, many window air conditioning units do not fit in casement windows but are perfect for double-hung ones.
That is not the only reason to consider double-hung windows when remodeling your home. If you are adding new windows near a patio, deck, or other outdoor seating area, you want to avoid an outward-opening window that could hit your guests. A double-hung window is thus a better choice in this scenario.
Double-hung windows additionally offer a more classic, traditional appearance that is perfect for newer- or older-style homes. They are also versatile enough to fit in any room in your house.
Whether you choose casement or double-hung windows, make sure to hire a licensed professional. A trained expert will have the experience needed to make sure that your new glass windows really shine.