The windows in your home are probably not something you think about all too often. And let’s be honest, they’re only really noticeable when they’re super dirty or become damaged. However, certain types of windows can add serious value, character, and charm to a home.
Whether you’re building from scratch, or looking to renovate, you’ll need to consider the room you’re adding windows to and their functionality. The windows you choose depend on building codes and how you use the space. Nevertheless, here are some of the top styles worth considering.
1. Single-Hung Windows
This is the most affordable and popular window option on the market today. Ranging from $397-$847 per window, depending on the frame material you choose, these windows are a standard, simple option if you’re replacing windows, or building a new home.
A single-hung window opens vertically, with the bottom window panel sliding up or down, while the upper panel remains in place. In short, this means you can only open the bottom half of the window which makes them a good option if security is a top priority for you.
2. Double Hung Windows
While single-hung and double-hung windows are very similar, they actually operate in different ways. A double-hung window allows you to open either the bottom half or the top half of the window, meaning both panels move. You can also tilt out the panels slightly which makes these windows easier to clean and maintain.
When homeowners choose to replace windows in their homes, this is the option they tend to choose the most. Even the best window company would tell you that they’re a smart choice for your home.
Double-hung windows are also super versatile, available in a range of materials, and sizes, and are also easy to customize. They will set you back anywhere from $429-$915 per window, depending on the frame material you choose.
3. Awning Windows
If you live in a climate the experiences a fair bit of rain and snow, awning windows are one of the best choices for your home in terms of functionality. These windows open on a hinge that swings the window outwards, away from the building via a latch or handle, from the inside.
In essence, they act like water-resistant awnings when opened. Not only are they great because of their weather resistance, but this also makes them easy to clean and maintain.
Awning windows are a little pricier because of this functionality, coming in at an average of $477-$1,107 per window. This depends on the frame material and the size of the window itself.
4. Arched Windows
If you’re looking to make a statement and don’t necessarily need the functionality of a window that opens and shuts, then arched windows are your go-to. In terms of architectural design, they’re a top-tier option for areas of the home such as the living room, the main bedroom, or a formal dining area.
As these types of windows don’t open or close, they’re generally installed above standard windows with an open/close function for ventilation. However, you can ask for casement windows included in the design which allow for certain windows to open, while others remain closed. This comes at an extra cost, though.
If you’re considering an arched window, you can expect to pay around $345-$950 per window.
5. Casement Windows
A casement window serves a particular purpose and is not all that popular amongst homeowners. However, their design does suit certain architectural needs, depending on what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking to install arched or floor-to-ceiling windows, casement windows could come in handy.
This window option hinges open to the side or opens upwards. They’re generally made from solid glass so they’re super versatile and suit a range of different architectural needs. They’re also a great option as a statement window as their structure makes for completely unobstructed views of the outdoors.
The reality is that they are more of a specialty type of window, and will cost you anywhere between $597-$1,273 per window installation.
6. Bay Windows
Another type of specialty option is the bay window. These types of windows protrude a little from the house, creating a sort of shelf within the room. You can add a small bench or seating area under these windows to create a breakfast or reading nook. Bay windows basically sit inside an angled frame that extends out from your home.
This is a brilliant option if you’re looking to renovate a room and add a little extra space, as well as plenty of natural light. For example, if you have a living room that’s a little dark and stuffy, adding a bay window can help to open up the space.
It’s no secret that bay windows will cost you more as they require additional building expertise. You can expect to fork out around $1,700-$3,600 per bay window installation.
7. Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
Finally, if there was any showstopping option to choose from, it would be a floor-to-ceiling window. The purpose of this type of window is to maximize the natural light in a room and make the most of an outside view.
These are custom windows, they’re made to order to suit the size of your room. With this in mind, you can expect to pay the most for floor-to-ceiling windows at around $700-$1,600 per linear foot of window.
This is the ultimate statement piece to add to your home if you’re looking to add serious resale value to it.
The Types of Windows You Choose Matter
Whatever types of windows you end up choosing, keep in mind that they have a significant impact on the overall value of your home. Ultimately, you’ll also need to consider your room type, local building code, and your budget. If you’re lost for ideas on where to start, hopefully, this blog has offered some helpful insight.
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