These days, you can find windows in all shapes and sizes. There are also variations in structure, glass, and opening mechanisms. For example, traditionally, windows are either casement (side-hinged) or sliding. Now there are new opening mechanisms like pivot and friction hinges which are gaining popularity, too. The materials have also changed. Replacement windows for older properties usually have to be customized to the homeowners’ requirements.
Usually, the mechanism and material of replacement windows are selected to match the original ones. Of course, there are some exceptions. If you are replacing all the windows in your home, make sure that you get energy-efficient ones. George Kent Home Improvements have some of the best ones available for you.
DIFFERENT WINDOW MATERIALS
Windows come in a variety of materials, with each coming with its own advantages and disadvantages in different points, including appearance and maintenance requirements. Here are some common window materials:
- Wood – Wood windows have been around for centuries and they are still quite popular. Hardwood is very durable, can be painted or left with a natural finish, but they can be quite expensive. Softwood is less expensive, but it requires protective layers of natural wood finish or paint, as well as constant maintenance.
- Aluminum – Aluminum windows are preferred by those who prefer to have a thin frame for a larger expanse of glass. However, this material is prone to condensation. It requires double-glazing. Additionally, older models of aluminum windows were prone to rusting.
- Vinyl – Vinyl is a favourite choice among homeowners in Canada and everywhere else in the world. It is not surprising since it offers exceptional heat and sound insulation. Aside from the usual white, there are other finishes available for vinyl windows including a very realistic wood-grain. Another plus? It requires very little maintenance!
DIFFERENT WINDOW STYLES
- Casement windows swing open to offer superior ventilation. They can open either left or right and are operated by a crank handle.
- Awning windows operate similarly to Casement windows. They open by a crank handle, pushing the bottom of the sash out to allow ventilation and keep rain water from coming in.
- Double Hung windows have two sashes (top and bottom) that move upwards and downwards and pivot towards the home’s interior for ease of maintenance. There is a range of ventilation combinations presented by this window style.
- Single Hung windows have a single stationary stash and one moveable sash that can tilt into the room and moves up and down.
- Sliding windows provide an energy-efficient option to your casement and awning windows. Double Tilt Sliders have two sashes moving sideways. Single Tilt Sliders have a single stationary sash and one that slides from side to side.
- Bay windows give the illusion of an expanded room. Usually, a big window is placed between two casement windows or double hung windows to form a large viewing area.
- Bow windows also offer expansive views from the house. It uses four or more adjoining windows projecting out from the wall.
Of course, you can opt to have your windows customized for you. George Kent Home Improvements can provide you with exactly what you’re needing. Give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss your options!