replacement window styles

Replacement Window Styles: Breaking Down the Options

If you’re considering a set of replacement windows for your home, you’ve come to the right place. We at 1-800-HANSONS specialize in replacement window styles and any other type of home improvement project that you may need. That said, when it comes to replacement windows, there are several things that you need to take into consideration, such as the style of the window and the framing materials used. Below is a short rundown of these elements so you can decide which option is best for you. 

Replacement Window Styles

The style of your replacement windows should be functional as well as aesthetically complimentary for the room and overall architectural design of your home. As such, here are some common window styles to consider:

  • Double-hung Windows – These are the most common type of window used in home renovations today. It’s versatile, energy-efficient, and easy to clean. 
  • Casement Windows – Unlike single or double-hung windows, casement windows open to the side, either on the left or the right, which allows for maximum ventilation, visibility, and customization. 
  • Picture Windows – These consist of a single pane of glass and cannot be opened. The benefit of this is that they provide a broad, unobstructed view, allowing plenty of natural light to shine through. The downside is that they cannot be opened. 
  • Slider Windows – Sliders are a popular choice for replacement windows. They are versatile and can be used in many rooms around the house. 
  • Bay and Bow Windows – Both bay and bow windows are a focal point of a room, adding an aesthetic appeal to both the interior and exterior of a home. They provide extra floor space, natural lighting, and a touch of elegance. They’re also more expensive and a bit more challenging to install. 

Window Framing Materials

The next issue you will have to concern yourself with are the types of materials used for framing. Each of them has its benefits and downsides. These materials are as follows: 

  • Fiberglass – Over the past decade, fiberglass has become the preferred window framing material. It provides excellent insulation, durability, and resistance to the elements. The downsides are that it’s more costly and may need a fresh coat of paint now and again. 
  • Wood – Though considered to be the most beautiful framing material and a good insulator, wood can be difficult to maintain and is susceptible to water damage and rotting. It’s also more expensive than other materials. 
  • Composite – These are made to look like wood but without the downsides associated with wood frames. Composite frames are great for traditional and historic homes that won’t work well with fiberglass or vinyl frames. They cost less than wood but more than vinyl and offer better insulation than both options. 
  • Vinyl – Vinyl framing is a great option for a homeowner looking to replace their windows on a budget. These types of frames are inexpensive and easy to install. They can last well over 30 years, and their color will not fade over time. The downside of vinyl windows is that they aren’t as efficient as other window materials and may expand and contract in extreme weather conditions. 
  • Metal – Metal or aluminum frames can be an option that is quite durable, lightweight, and affordable. They can also provide a more modern look to your home. The downside is that they’re not particularly good at insulating and can be susceptible to corrosion. 

At 1-800-HANSONS, we offer highly rated replacement windows of all shapes and sizes. They’re sure to complement any home and budget. Request a FREE estimate today to find the perfect replacement windows for your home!