Buying new windows should come with a dictionary full of terms: double hung and casement window definitions, double pane versus triple pane windows…the list can go on and on. We put together this list of frequently asked questions you need answered about buying and installing new windows in your home.
What is a casement window? What is a double hung window?
The definition of a casement window is a window that is attached to the frame by hinges on the side. Casement windows open and close from the side, which is different than double hung windows. With double hung windows, both sashes (the frames) move up and down. Single hung windows are windows where only one sash moves vertically. When manufactured by a quality window manufacturer, casement and double hung windows are comparable in terms of energy efficiency and construction quality.
Home owners with casement windows can replace all their windows with double hung windows, and visa versa. The cost is higher for window replacement when changing the windows styles because there is more labor needed for resizing and installation.
What materials do casement and double hung windows come in?
Casement and double hung windows are constructed of wood, vinyl and fiberglass. All three options are incredibly energy efficient and long-lasting. Vinyl windows and fiberglass tend to be cheaper than wood (get a free replacement window quote to get the exact cost) and require less maintenance.
Wood windows need to be stained or painted regularly, while vinyl does not. On the other hand, not everyone likes the look of vinyl windows. Fiberglass windows come in varieties that resemble wood and can even be painted different colors. These windows also do not expand and contract in extreme temperatures; fiberglass is extremely durable and resilient. Wood, vinyl, and fiberglass windows can be installed with trim that matches existing trim to blend new windows with the rest of the home (hire an experienced contractor for a seamless window install).
All three types of windows come in models with single, double, and triple panes. Triple pane windows are manufactured with three panes of glass. The design increases the energy efficiency of the windows and reduces the amount of noise heard inside the home
How much do replacement windows cost?
The exact cost of replacement windows depends on the type of windows (material and panes) and amount of windows you need. Contact a contractor for a free quote, and start to enjoy the benefits of your new windows.