There comes a time in every home owner’s life when you have to admit that it’s finally time for replacement windows. While it’s certainly not a negligible home improvement project, investing in quality replacement windows can completely transform your home for the better. If you choose wisely, you can save on monthly energy costs, increase the resale value of your house, and make your home a more beautiful, comfortable place to live. But what type of replacement windows should you choose? There are so many options out there that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. We’ve broken down seven of the most popular replacement window options so that you can choose the perfect replacement windows for your home.
Awning windows are operated by a crank and open at a diagonal, so they end up looking like a mini glass awning when opened – hence the name. They are extremely easy to operate, making them a great option for hard-to-reach places in your home. All you need do is make sure you can reach the crank, and you can operate your awning windows even if they’re installed higher up than your other windows. Awning windows offer great insulation because there are no seams interrupting the glass, which also gives a great view of the outdoors. You can open them as much or as little as you want, and they can fit almost anywhere. Awning windows are a great, versatile replacement window option for any home.
If you’re looking to add some visual intrigue to your home, consider going with bay windows. Bay windows are made up of two side windows that angle out to meet a large picture window in the middle. They extend beyond the foundation of your home and create more space in the room. You can turn the extra space into additional storage, a shelf to display decorative items, a place for your plants to soak up the sun, or a reading nook where you can curl up with your favorite book. Bay windows add a level of elegance and sophistication to any room and are particularly great additions to living rooms and master bedrooms. If you’re worried that all that glass will affect your energy bills, just reach out to Mr. Rogers Windows and ask about the High Performance Low-E glass in our replacement windows. High-quality glass and flawless installation from a reputable company will keep your energy costs low.
These are similar to bay windows, but instead of being made up of three windows of different sizes, bow windows are made of a series of four to six identical windows that gently curve out from the wall, creating a stunning panoramic view of the outdoors. Just like bay windows, bow windows are a great way to create more space in your home and bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. You can open portions of your bow windows to create a pleasant cross breeze and bring fresh air into your home.
Casement windows are attached to their frames by one or more hinges and open to the side, like a book. When closed, casement windows create a weather-tight seal that makes them incredibly energy efficient. Their highly effective seal also means that they are great for blocking out unwanted noise from the outdoors. If you’re sick of hearing your neighbor’s dog yap throughout the night or don’t ever want to be woken up by a truck driving by in the wee hours of the morning again, casement windows could be the right choice for you. Because they can be designed as an uninterrupted pane of glass, casement windows can also bring a lot of natural light into your home. They give any room a stately, elegant feel and are easy to open and close.
You won’t find a better option for historic homes than double-hung windows. Double-hung windows can be opened from the bottom or top and often come with classic four to six-pane grill patterns. They’ve been around for over 300 years and date back to homes in the 18th century. Whether you have a historic home you’re trying to preserve or just want to bring that classic feel into your new home, double-hung windows will do the trick. If you’re looking for more modern replacement windows, simply choose a slimmer grille design in a muted color.
Why not bring the beauty of the indoors inside with gliding windows? Gliding windows operate on a track, making opening and closing them effortless. There’s no crank, and they have less frame than double-hung or casement windows, so you get a better view of the outdoors. Gliding windows are super simple and sleek and will match any décor if you choose the right color and style. They tend to be the largest operable windows available, giving you a great balance of style and function.
Picture windows are inoperable windows consisting of one large, uninterrupted pane of glass. They add a little touch of magic and increase the curb appeal of any home. Because they’re inoperable, picture windows can be incredibly large and bypass many of the limitations of operable windows. Even though picture windows consist of one large pane of glass, they can still be energy efficient if you choose the right type of glass and replacement window installation company. Mr. Rogers Windows offers High Performance, Low-E4 glass that’s specially designed to keep energy costs down and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home all year round.
If you’re looking for something completely unique, think about going with specialty replacement windows. Specialty windows can be customized to suit your home’s exact aesthetic. Add an arched window above your door for a touch of elegance. Go with an octagon window in your office to make the design more exciting. Add some circular windows with privacy glass in your bathroom to let in some light. There are so many colors, hardware style, shapes, finishes, and grille options that you’ll end up with a combination that’s unique to your home. Investing in these special touches will be a great return on investment when it comes time to sell.