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How To Choose Windows San Antonio

Regardless of whether you’re selecting windows for new construction or replacement windows San Antonio, there are a lot of factors to consider including energy efficiency, materials, and aesthetics. Many homes will contain more than one style of window which is acceptable and good for variation in design, but including too many different styles is recommended against by professionals because it can make your house appear disjointed. If you are replacing most or all of your windows, you can either stick with which style is associated with the pre-defined architectural style, or choose something new for a more radical makeover.

Common window styles are double-hung, single-hung, casement, awning, slider, and fixed. We’re here to provide you with information to consider when choosing which style will work best for you!

Double-hung windows are probably the style you’re most familiar with seeing, even if you weren’t previously aware of their official name. They consist of two large sashes (the framed sections encasing the glass panels) which slide up and down to open. Older ones used to be counter-balanced by weights. but in more modern versions this is more commonly created with springs. They are utilized most often in traditional-styled homes such as farmhouse, bungalow, and the classic rambler. The pros: you have a wide selection because many manufacturers produce this style, they’re affordable, and they typically tend to stay cleaner because the tracks you open them on are vertical so dirt doesn’t linger on them as easily. The cons: the counter-balance springs can wear out over time so they require occasional maintenance, and their opening is fairly large so they can be a break-in risk.

Single-Hung Windows are similar to double-hung, however, the upper sash is fixed in place so only the lower is operable. They share many of the same pros and cons, but they offer more energy efficiency benefits and are a little cheaper.

Casement windows are the ones that crank open horizontally on hinges, similar to a door. They are the second most popular type of window. They are a little more modern in style and can be utilized for directing cool breezes into the home when positioned properly. The pros: they provide a better barrier against the exterior climate since the seal is tighter, they can help with natural cooling when desired (directing the cool breezes), and are more secure against intruders. The cons: the cranking mechanisms can wear and are subject to failure.

Awning windows also operate with a mechanical crank, but they open from the bottom while the top edge is fixed in place. They are frequently used for basements. The pros: they are relatively secure against intruders, and can be left open during light rain because the direction the glass opens provides some protection from it. The cons: they do not encourage breezes to enter your home as well as casement windows, and the cranking mechanism has the same wear and failure rate.

Slider Windows are simply windows that are side-by-side and open by sliding horizontally on upper and lower tracks. Either one or both sides of the window can open depending on what you prefer. They are popular in mid-century modern homes (used often in the 1950’s and 60’s) and are a great choice if you frequently open and close your windows. The pros: they have no mechanical mechanisms so are therefore incredibly durable, and they are cheaper because of their simpler design. The cons: the style is a little dated, and the tracks can accumulate debris easily unlike double-hung windows so they must be cleaned more often.

Fixed windows are any that contain a pane of glass within a frame that does not open or close. They provide views or light where ventilation isn’t the primary desire. The pros: they are permanently sealed so more energy-efficient, they are a very modern style, and they are usually cheaper because of their simpler design. The cons: they can’t open to admit fresh air, and they can allow too much sunlight if you don’t take any steps to prevent that (such as curtains, or certain glazes which reflect UV).

We hope this information will be beneficial in your home design endeavors and, as always, Viva Windows would love to help you every step of the way!

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