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Replacement Window Styles
In Southwest and West Michigan, double-hung windows are most popular, followed by casement windows, awning windows and sliding windows. Or you may have one or more bay window, garden window or bow windows.
All replacement window styles have advantages and disadvantages. If you are thinking of window replacement in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids or Southwest Michigan please read the information below to help you decide on the best replacement window style for your home or feel free to contact us directly to answer any questions you may have!
Double hung windows
Double hung windows are the most common style in the Great Lakes region. Both sashes move vertically up and down. They tilt in for easy cleaning. Muntins are often added for a traditional architectural style.
Casement windows are side hinged, typically project out and use a roto-operator to open outward. Since the whole sash opens, casement windows provide the maximum ventilation. Awning windows project outward as a casement but are top hinged.
Horizontal sliding windows are a type of window where the sashes bypass each other by sliding on a track. Some models allow both sashes to slide, some have one fixed and one sliding. Styles include two- or three-sash units.
A bay window allows the windows to project out past the exterior wall and include a window seat. It has a center picture window and two side flanking windows set at a 15-, 30- or 45-degree angle. Bay windows allow additional light to come into the room.
Bow windows project outward similar to bay units, but the windows are equal segments on a wide, curving base. The windows are typically fixed or casement unit. A bow window allows the most light and ventilation of any residential window style.
Garden windows get their name because they are popular for placing plants and flowers in. They project out and usually have operating flanker casements. Shelving is available and units are usually located in a kitchen or bathroom.
Replacement Window Materials
Trying to decide which material is the best choice for your Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids home? While vinyl, wood clad and fiberglass are all excellent choices for replacement window frames, you’ll need to decide what features are most important to you.
• Are you on a very tight budget?
• How concerned are you about energy efficiency?
• How important is the amount of maintenance needed?
|Window Material||Relative Cost||Durability||Strength||Maintenance|
|Wood Clad with Aluminum||$$$||B+||B+||A|
|Glastra (fiberglass hybrid)||$$||A+||A+||A|
Using vinyl rather than traditional wood products to frame your windows has become a very popular choice. Wood windows require maintenance to keep them looking sharp. That means scraping old paint and applying new coats of paint, and depending on the number and location of windows on your home that could mean a time-consuming and expensive project.
With vinyl all that maintenance headache is virtually gone! These frames are easy to clean using a little soap and water. And this won’t even be needed often, as the inherent properties of vinyl reduce the accumulation of debris and dust.
Wood windows are beautiful, durable, and energy efficient windows. The wood interior drastically improves the aesthetics of your home, and can be a main selling point to potential buyers.
Wood products have a warm, natural look mixed with good energy-performing values. Wood windows also have an aluminum or vinyl exterior that is virtually maintenance-free which protects the window’s wood from the elements. Wood windows are more expensive than vinyl windows because they are more expensive to manufacture and have more added benefits.
Glastra® is a hybrid of fiberglass and UV stable polymer that is proprietary to Forgent® Series windows and doors. Constructed of multi-chambered extrusions in an advanced ladder design, Glastra adds strength and resilience to Forgent Series products, as well as enhanced energy performance. This low-maintenance, rigid material offers long-term durability, while helping to create energy efficient, comfortable homes.