This is the first in a series of articles intended to give homeowners a brief introduction to different replacement window styles and basic features that differentiate one style from another. We’ll briefly touch on energy-efficiency and performance features, along with accessories that offer design flexibility and personalization.
While appearance doesn’t generally impact performance, choices such as operability and insulation can impact efficiency, so we’ll include some general information about both fixed and operable window options. Since this is a brief recap, we invite you to reach out to a professional replacement window consultant if you have more questions.
Before we delve into the unique features of each style, we’d like to give you some basic vocabulary. Then, over the next few articles we’ll give you more information about each style in our portfolio. Finally, we’ll give you some tips on selecting specific styles for your home, and each room in your home. We hope you’ll enjoy the series.
Understanding the Value Behind Replacement Windows
When it comes to designing best-fit windows for your home, you’ve got a long list of options. While we have diverse “styles” in our home improvement product portfolio, all of our replacement windows and patio doors are high-performing, energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-rated windows.
The term “energy-efficient” refers to the type of window and not the style. The term “style” is more about form and function and not performance or efficiency ratings. In other words, style refers to whether a window opens and how it’s opened. For example, some windows have sash that raise and lower while others have panels that slide side-to-side and yet others have crank-style operating mechanisms (casement windows) and others have a lever that you push or pull to open or close the window (awning windows and hoppers) for ventilation.
“Value” is a term that describes features that help you preserve your home’s resale price on the market or lower your utility bills. Value also includes features such as initial investment compared to return on investment. Every replacement window we offer comes with a host of value-packed options that we’ll discuss in Part Three of this guide.
Custom-Built to Perfection
All styles listed below are built in the Renewal by Andersen factory by highly-skilled craftsmen dedicated to creating replacement windows that exactly fit the opening left when we remove existing windows from your Virginia or Washington, DC home. Whether you choose a contemporary sliding patio door or a specialty window, such as an arch window, you can be certain that your windows will fit exactly and meet or exceed your expectations from Day 1 and for many years thereafter.
Our design team can help you consider ventilation, light and climate control as you compare style options. While a half-moon or trapezoid shape offers unique and appealing style, every window isn’t the best choice for every home or every room in your home. It’s our goal to help you make informed decisions that you’ll be happy with for as long as you own your home. We’ll work with you to make sure you understand how each style will perform in your home.
Replacement Window Styles for VA & DC
#1 Picture Windows. If you have a fantastic view of the city or the suburban landscape, you might want to install a large picture window. Picture windows, often called plate-glass windows because historically they were manufactured in a single sheet of glass, don’t open. This style has the smallest frame width and the largest viewing area. You’ll be able to enjoy the view from your easy chair without anything to distract you – not even a recessed lock or decorative hardware.
#2 Replacement Bay Windows and Bow Windows are technically configurations and not a single distinct window. Homeowners can select several styles of windows within the bay and bow configuration model – for example, casement, single-hung and double-hung – to allow ventilation, if desired.
With bays and bows, you can create stunning curb appeal. Very popular choices for older homes, bay replacement windows allow you to enjoy a panoramic view with minimal obstruction created by the frames between panels. Small bay configurations work equally well as accent windows in lower and upper floors. Large configurations transform your curb appeal with a prominent focal point that adds architectural interest.
Bows are more angular than bays and typically have a three-window-panel configuration that includes a wider central panel flanked by two narrower panels of the same height. Bays are “curvier” and have three or more panels. Typically all windows in a bay design are the same width and height.
Come Back to Read Part 2 on Replacement Wndow Style Options in Virginia and Washington, DC
We barely got started describing our extensive line of replacement window styles. Please accept our invitation to come back for the next article in this series when we’ll talk about the wonderful benefits of casement windows, double-hung styles and awning windows. If you have questions you want answered today, give us a call toll-free at 1-877-915-9940. You can also fill in your contact information in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to your as soon as possible.