When it comes to installing windows in your home, you have many choices. It’s not a decision that a homeowner takes lightly. The right window style can make or break the look of your house. When you make the right choice, your new windows will be an important part of your home for years to come. Windows are an expression of your personal style, and they can go a long way to boost the curb appeal of your home. Whether you’re in the process of building a new home or are looking to upgrade parts of a home you already own, choosing windows is an important part of the look of your house.
You have many choices of windows, and it can be tough to know what will be best for you and your family. There are many factors to consider. Do you want windows that do a great job of insulating your home, providing greater energy efficiency? Do you want windows that are easy to open, allowing you to let cool breezes flow through your home? Do you want windows made of materials that are most likely to stand the test of time? Is it important to you to be able to clean the outside of your windows as easily as the inside? Do you have little ones running around, and do you need to be concerned for their safety around open windows?
Let’s start by looking at one of the most basic choices you’ll need to make as you’re choosing new windows: whether you want to go with a double hung or single hung style. Both choices can work in a variety of homes. If you’re unsure of which choice makes the most sense for you, talk with a window professional at LEI Home Enhancements. We’ll be able to help you decide what window style will work best for your home.
When closed, double hung and single hung windows look very similar, and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two. Both types of windows are vertical sliding, and both can open to let air into the house. Typically, both types of windows are separated by wooden or vinyl pieces of material that divide the glass into rectangular sections.
When you’re inside and want to open your windows, you’ll notice a difference. Double hung windows allow you to move both window sashes- the top and the bottom- allowing you more options when it comes to letting air into (or out of) your home. Single hung windows only allow you to move the bottom portion of the window. Due to their simplicity, single hung windows are sometimes slightly less expensive than double hung windows. Double hung windows are easier to find due to their popularity.
Single hung windows tend to be more resistant to severe weather, such as hurricanes, since they have fewer moving parts than double hung windows. In areas that do not experience severe weather on a regular basis, most homeowners prefer double hung windows. These are the most popular style of windows on the market, and for good reason. They’re easier to clean than single hung windows, they allow more airflow throughout the house, and they’re a safer choice for homes with small children.
If you’re a stickler for a clean home, you know how frustrating it can be when you have the inside of your window sparkly clean but can’t access the smudges on the other side of the window. Double hung windows eliminate this problem easily. Their tilt-in design allows you to open the panels of the window and pull them in towards you, making it easy to clean them from inside the house. This eliminates the issue of going outside, climbing up on the roof or a ladder, removing the screen, and scrubbing outdoors.
Since both the top and bottom panels can move, double hung windows allow for a greater flow of air throughout the house. You also have the option to choose where your outside air is coming from. If it’s chilly outside, you may want to let some fresh air into the house without having the air blow directly on you or your family. With double hung windows, you can open the top portion of the window only, allowing some of the rising hot air to escape while cool air flows in.
If you have little kids, you already know how important it is to keep them away from open windows, especially on the second floor. It can be frustrating when you want to let air into your home, but do not want the safety issue of having the windows open right at a level that appeals to a curious toddler. When you open the top panel of a double hung window, you allow cool air to come into any room of your home without worrying about your little one gaining access to the yard (or the roof!).
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When you’re replacing windows in your home, you’ll need to decide whether you’d like to attempt the project yourself or call in an expert. It’s a good idea to use a professional company when replacing windows. Not only will a professional installation job ensure that your windows are properly installed and sealed to your home but you’ll also be able to rest assured that the job has been completed safely.
At LEI Home Enhancements, we’re Nashville’s leading experts on helping homeowners make upgrades that will last a lifetime. We’re here to help you choose the right type of window for your home, and provide you with flawless, safe installation that will have you and your family marveling at your home’s new look.
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