The resale value, comfort, and energy efficiency of your home are all affected by your windows, so replacing your windows is a great way to improve your home. When it comes to the particular style of windows that you add you to your home, many homeowners think of the choice as merely an aesthetic choice, but the style of window you choose will also make a huge functional difference, and your choice can have an effect on many other parts of your home.
The type of windows that you choose for your home can dramatically change a number of its qualities, so you should carefully consider this decision when you’re replacing any windows. At Martin Home Exteriors, our professional Jacksonville replacement window experts can work with you to help determine the the precise goals that you have for this project and help you decide whether casement windows, single hung windows, or double hung windows would be best for your home.
Here’s a quick overview of some of the difference between and benefits of these different styles:
Choosing Between Single Hung and Double Hung Windows
The major difference between single and double hung windows is that on double hung windows, both sashes in the frame are operable, meaning that they can be opened from the top or bottom sash. The sashes on double hung windows can also tilt, which makes them easier to clean. Single hung windows are the more common of the two, and they feature a top sash that is fixed in place and bottom sash that can open upwards.
If you’re looking for windows that will be easier to clean, double hung windows can be the best choice for your Jacksonville home. If the windows you’re installing are on the first floor of your home and easy to reach, single hung windows are probably adequate.
What Are Casement Windows?
Casement windows are typically smaller, and they include a small handle or "crank" in their design which swings their sashes outward from your home toward the outside. The window panes are hinged on one side and swing open. Casement windows are excellent for ventilation, and they can be open even during rainy weather without letting any moisture into your Jacksonville home.
Which Windows Are Right for Your Home?
- Single Hung Windows
If you just need standard windows, single hung windows are your best choice. They’ll provide your home with a classic appearance, and they can be energy efficient.
- Double Hung Windows
For the second or higher stories of your Jacksonville home, double hung windows can be a great choice. Both sashes tilt inward, making it easy to clean the exterior of the panes.
- Casement Windows
Casement windows are also easy to clean because of their design, and they can be perfect for bathrooms, kitchens, or any other room where ventilation is important.