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Understanding Window Opening Styles

If you are a homeowner who is considering new vinyl windows, it helps to understand the types of windows that are available. While the options go far beyond exactly how the windows are hung and how they open, here you can learn about your options when it comes to buying windows based on how they operate. Once you know how you want your vinyl windows to operate, you can move on to considering other features, like EPA ratings, warranties, and other details.

Single and Double Hung Windows

Hung windows are windows that open by sliding them up and down, hence the term "hung", since the windows seem to hang in place. Older homes tend to have single hung windows, simply because double hung windows didn't exist when those homes were built.

  • Single hung windows open from the bottom, with the bottom half of the window sliding upwards. These windows do not tile to open and the top half of the window always remains fixed in place.
  • Double hung windows open from the bottom as well as the top so that the bottom half of the window slides up or the top half of the window slides down. These windows also tile in so that you can easily clean them. When it comes to hung windows, these are great options for people who have children or pets because you have the option of opening the upper half of the window rather than the bottom half.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are appropriately named because they open as if they were awnings. They are hinged at the top so that the window must be pushed out to open. They are often used when there is limited space or when there is an area where you want to have a window open when it is raining out, but don't want the rain to come inside.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged rather than hung. Unlike awning windows, casement windows have side hinges so that they open in a similar fashion as shutters do. There is a clasp or lever that allows you to lock or unlock the window to open it as you would open a door.

Glider Windows

Glider windows are sometimes mistaken for hung windows if they are not looked at correctly. They operate on a similar premise because they slide open like hung windows do, but they slide open from side to side rather than from top to bottom or bottom to top.

When choosing the way you want your windows to open, consider safety, space available, functionality, and visual appeal. For example, if you have a window air conditioner, you would be better off with hung windows than with casement windows.

For more information, contact Fas Windows and Doors or a similar company.