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What to Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows

Posted on February 28, 2015.

Replacement window

When you choose to replace the windows in your home, there are a few things that you need to consider. In regards to a replacement window, the more you know before you make your selection, the better. Here are some things you need to decide on before you purchase new windows.

Style of Window Frame

There are many different styles to consider for your replacement window. The main types include fixed picture (which doesn’t open), double hung (opens from both top and bottom), casement (opens from the side on a hinge), awning (opens from the top on a hinge), and 2-section sliding (panes slide open from either side), as well as bay, arch and geometric windows. Most people choose to replace existing windows with ones of a similar style, but that doesn’t need to be the case. Choose whichever windows fit your aesthetic or use this opportunity to embellish your home’s façade.

Style of Glass

Once you have chosen a style for your window frame, you may also need to choose a cut for your glass. Many window manufacturers offer a selection of options when it comes to glass. These give your windows a more artistic,beveled-glass look. Styles include Victorian, Colonial and diamond, all of which add a fresh and interesting twist to otherwise basic windows. You could even choose bevel-leaded glass to add a little something extra.

Grille Type

The final step is to choose what type of grille you want for your windows. These are pieces that are placed between the window pains to fully achieve your desired look. They also help protect the surface of the glass against damage and dirt. A grille can be used in tandem with or instead of glass styling. Styles of grille can include perimeter framing, Queen Anne, colonial, and diamond.

Making these decisions before you approach a dealer about purchasing a replacement window or set of windows will make your experience smoother and less stressful. Deciding early saves everyone time, effort and, most importantly, money.