However, selecting the right windows for your Pittsburgh home can be a bit overwhelming. There are nearly endless combinations of styles, materials and features to choose from.
It is important to take the time to make the right selection because windows are a significant investment. Conducting due diligence up front can save you headaches and stress down the line. Here is an overview to help get you started.
Double Hung WindowsThese are quite common in newer homes with standard-sized window. On Double hung windows, both the window frame and the sash move up and down, and typically the sashes tilt in for easy cleaning. If you love clean windows, this window style may be your best option! They erase the need for ladders and make what used to be an all day job, one that’s easy to cross off the list.
Slider WindowsA pretty straight-forward name, slider windows open by sliding the window panes side to side on a track. These are mostly used when the window is wider than it is high. They are available in single sliders, 2-lite sliders, and 3-lite sliders for larger windows. For example, that would be a fixed picture window in the center with operable window sliders on either side.
Casement WindowsCasement windows open with a crank handle, where the window sash swings out from your home toward the outside. The window pane is hinged on one side. These windows provide great ventilation and are very easy to open, no matter their size or placement in the home in relation to furniture. These are a great option for folks who may have a hard time opening their windows, or also for hard to reach places, like above a kitchen sink.
Storm WindowsStorm windows are a way to increase the efficiency of your home’s existing windows. They are often installed on the exterior of older, single-pane windows. Storm windows increase the energy efficiency, provide additional insulation, and reduce outside noise. They also lengthen the life of seals on insulated windows, making your replacement window investment last even longer. Storm windows come in two- or triple-track options, which are good for double hung windows; a two-track slider option, which works with a slider window; and a basement window which pairs with a picture window. Other than the basement storm window, all the options come with removable glass and screens for easy cleaning.
Specialty WindowsMore uncommon, but no less appealing, specialty windows add an element of character to your home. Whether you choose a big picture window to bring in maximum natural light, or a small decorative window in the bathroom for a unique touch, specialty windows certainly enhance the look and feel of a home. When choosing your specialty windows, pay attention to the overall style and look of your home. A professional designer can help you pick the best fit for your home so your added touch of character is as wise of an investment as it attractive.
If you’re ready to replace your old, single-pane windows, but you’re unsure of the best windows for your Pittsburgh home, the window team at Legacy Remodeling is here to help. We can walk you through the process, helping you choose the right materials, products and installation that will add value and energy efficiency to your home. Contact us today to start the conversation.