Different window types for your home

Thanks to Canada’s uniquely cold weather, windows are an important part of every house. Aside from letting light in and being responsible for ventilation, they should be stylish and prevent heat loss. Let’s guide you through the main types: 

Casement & Awnings Windows

Both casement and awning windows open to the outside, either from the sides or from the bottom. These windows usually provide ample sunlight and are great for ventilation. They also come in many styles and are manufactured from many different materials: vinyl, aluminium, and wood. 

Their disadvantages include not being the best when it comes to preventing heat loss, and because they open outside, it’s not recommended to install them near footpaths and other traffic areas.

Double-Hung and Single-Hung Windows

The most common types of windows, they give your house a classic look. The difference between them is that single-hung windows have a fixed upper sash and a movable lower sash, while double-hung windows have two movable sashes. 

One of the main advantages of these types of windows is that it is easier to move the sashes and clean the windows thoroughly without the need to use a ladder or go outside. Additionally, double-hung windows provide better ventilation and air-flow. 

However, they have some drawbacks. They provide less open area than casement. Because of their unique shape, they are hard to insulate and are more prone to air leakage. 

Bay & Bow Windows

Bay and boy windows are not the most practical, but they are very popular because they give the house a sophisticated touch and make it look stylish. Because their main sell is their elegance, they are customisable and come in a plethora of shapes and styles.

When it comes to ventilation and prevention of heat loss, they score lower than most other types. So, if you are looking for inexpensive high-efficiency windows, you should look at other types.

Picture/Fixed Windows

If air ventilation isn’t important, and you’re looking for a window just to let sunlight in and have a view to the outside, Picture windows are what you need. These windows are often large glass expanses that don’t open, which makes them completely immune to air-leakage. 

Because of how big the glass typically is, it provides a large area for heat loss. Even with E coating and other techniques, it can’t compete with the other types of windows. 

As you can see, there is a lot of thought that goes into choosing the right windows, and we don’t blame you if you find yourself a little confused, but we have the solution. Walbert Windows is a window installation service in Edmonton. Whether you want new home windows in Edmonton or you’re looking for a professional window repair service, Walbert Windows can help you.