Choosing the Best Window Styles for Your Home

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If you’re gearing up for a spring remodeling project, don’t forget replacement windows! With so many window styles to choose from, it can be difficult making the right selections. Depending on the room you are renovating, there are a variety of options best suited for your space that will enhance the overall look of your home. Plus, when you choose SoftLite, you know you are also selecting the best windows when it comes to energy efficiency and performance.

Double-Hung and Single-Hung Windows

Double-hung and single-hung windows are perhaps one of the most common window types. Offering the best of both worlds in terms of beauty and function, the double-hung window is the classic residential window, composed of a set of vertical sashes that independently slide up and down. They come with integral lift rails that are sturdy and easy to use and feature vent latches, durable locks, and tilt hardware for easy cleaning.

Single-hung windows also incorporate two sashes, but only one slides up and down while the other is in a fixed position. Although most homeowners prefer double-hung windows with two operating sashes, single-hung windows are an attractive, more practical choice for homeowners who are more budget-conscious.

There’s a reason these two window styles are so popular with homeowners — they’re versatile enough for nearly any room! From living areas to the kitchen and even the bedroom, the tilt-in operating sashes allow airflow and are easy to clean. ​​When multiple windows are mulled together or used in combination wit

h other styles, they upgrade the style of your home and allow maximum natural light inside.

Picture Windows and Custom Shapes

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Picture windows are large, fixed-lite (non-operational) windows that give a clear, unobstructed view of the outside
while providing maximum energy efficiency due to them being non-operable. This style offer an artistic flair and 
is available in most shapes and sizes — ideal for framing picture-perfect views.

For special openings and accents, SoftLite offers a variety of shapes with matching frame profiles and glass options
that are all custom-built to your specifications. Though most shapes are picture windows, some options are available
in casements for a choice that provides additional functionality.

Because of their architectural appeal and vast number of options available, the possibilities for picture windows are endless! Providing ample natural light with views devoid of obstructions, these windows are particularly popular for
living areas or any room in the home that faces stunning outdoor scenery. Configurations that incorporate these
windows with other styles, like double hungs, are another way to create an eye-catching focal point.

  Picture windows create the perfect focal point and are
available in
several unique, artistic shapes.

Casement Windows

DSC_1861Casement windows are another popular choice for homeowners that are often found in the kitchen but can also be a welcome upgrade to any living space or bedroom to reap the benefits of maximum ventilation. Providing the best in terms of form and function, these windows are versatile and offer the clean lines of a picture window but open out to a full 90 degrees with just a turn of the handle. This feature can be great for letting in fresh air and ventilating the house — plus, it makes them super easy to clean!

For added security, SoftLite casement windows come standard with sturdy single-lever fold-down lock handles that engage easily and activate multiple lock points, giving you added security. The style offers ENERGY STAR® qualified, high-performance glass packages and are available individually, mulled, or as part of a bay or bow window.

Casement windows open outward.

 

Bow and Bay Windows 157115851_1862070913968546_4684350346606433302_n

Bow and bay window configurations extend outward from an exterior wall.

Bow and Bay windows are a configuration option that adds more space and light to any room by extending outward from the exterior wall. As a powerful focal point, they can bring a whole new dimension to any space while increasing ventilation. Whether you choose to create a cozy nook in your living room or make a nice display with potted plants and decor in your kitchen, you can’t go wrong with these beautiful windows.

Available with casements, double-hung, and picture windows, bay windows come in three-window configurations extending outward from the home in 10-, 15-, 30-, or 45-degree angles. Bow windows, on the other hand, are more rounded, come with either four or five windows, and are angled at either 30- or 45-degree angles.

Awning and Hopper Windows

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Awning and hopper windows are perhaps most known for their use in tight spaces like bathrooms and basements, but they are also excellent at providing ventilation and energy efficiency. For added style and light, these windows can be placed above or below other window styles like double-hung, casement, or picture windows for more light, ventilation, and aesthetics.

Both styles glide open and shut with the turn of an easy-to-use, folding single-lever handle, but there is one main difference. Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward, while hoppers are hinged at the bottom and open inward — perfect for keeping water from entering the home. Hoppers are also available with vents, making them ideal for the often-stuffy atmosphere of basements or attics.


Awning and hopper windows are ideal for tight spaces or complement other styles
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Slider Windows and Patio Doors

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Slider windows “slide” horizontally from side to side, offering an unobstructed view. This style is ideal for smaller spaces or difficult-to-reach windows, and they come in a variety of operating choices with different configurations of operable and fixed lites. 

To maximize natural light and create a transitive vehicle from the inside to the outdoors, some homeowners opt for an expansive patio door in place of windows. Great for living areas or any room connected to a patio, these doors provide a picture-perfect view. SoftLite sliding patio doors operateDSC_0872 similar to slider windows to maximize space and allow greater movement than in-swing or out-swing patio doors.

 

Whether you want a patio door or any of the amazing replacement window styles mentioned above, SoftLite would like to be a part of your spring remodeling session. Find a SoftLite dealer near you to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

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