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The Many Faces Of Windows

Oct 13, 2007
Gone are the days when windows were universal. Gone are the days when a house would have the same window in every room. Gone are the days when your choices for windows were limited. There was a time when most common type of windows were windows whose screens where changed with the season. They are the ones when you open the window there was a either a screen to let air in or a sheet of glass for the colder months. Nowadays you have some many new options when picking out a new window.

Casement windows are becoming more common in newer homes. Casement windows are considered contemporary style windows and help bring in more light than some of your other window choices. They are side mounted on hinges and swing inward or outward with a crank. This is what makes casement windows an ideal choice to put above counters or sinks. Instead of having to push a window up, you just need to turn the crank. They can open as little or as full as your want and they are designed to capture the breezes which makes them an excellent window to keep a room well ventilated.

Along the lines of casement windows, you also have an awning window which works along the same line as a casement window. However they open upward from the bottom. Also where as casement windows are tall, awning windows are wider. They can be placed separately or above double hung windows or even doors to provide even more air circulation.

Since we are talking about double hung windows, these types of windows are more common in your older homes. They are usually divided into 2 sections and usually the lower section will slide up and down through the other one. You do find some double hung windows where the top section can slide down. When it comes to cleaning a double hung window, the more recent styles are designed so that you can release the panes and fold them downward to clean both sides. This makes cleaning a lot more practical, then cleaning one side in the house and then going outside to clean the other side.

For a more classic or country look, there are bay and bow windows. Both styles stick out from a wall which in some cases can create an extra storage or display shelf if you want. Bay windows are usually three windows combined together. The middle window normally will not open but the two windows flanking it can be either double hung or casement windows depending on your taste. Bow windows are four or more windows connected together which form a charming curve outward. The four windows can be either a combination of fixed windows or windows that open or an all the same.

There are many other choices of windows out there today, from jalousie windows, to circle windows it is almost a guarantee you will find a window that will meet your needs and your taste these days. New windows can bring a whole new look to your house and can also help you keep your house cooler during the warmer months and warmer during the cooler months.
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