Windows and doors may not make up a large area of the home in the grand scheme of things, but they have a huge impact on how a home looks and feels. Drafty, broken windows and doors lead to a spike in your home’s utility bills and negatively impact its curb appeal, too.
New doors and replacement windows provide many benefits to homeowners:
Greater energy efficiency
Decreased maintenance needs
Types of Replacement Windows
The style of window you choose depends on your home’s style, how you plan to use the window, the size, shape and location of the window, and whether you want to do a strict window replacement or you’re ready to try something new.
Common window styles and their characteristics include:
Awning Windows Awning windows are hinged at the top and open out from the bottom. They can be pushed out or opened using a crank turn handle.
Bay & Bow Windows Bay windows are hard to miss. These large windows are made up of one large central picture window flanked by two smaller windows. The windows may all be flat or they may be angled to provide a rounded or curved shape to the window. These windows often add floor space inside the home.
Bow windows are similar to bay windows but have more individual windows, usually four or five. They are almost always angled outward from the house, not flat, and they are typically larger than bay windows.
Casement Windows Casement windows are hinged on the side. Using a crank handle located at the base of the window, they open at the other side.
Double Hung Windows Double hung windows are extremely common. These windows open from both the top and bottom, sliding up or down along the window sash.
Sliding Windows A sliding window looks like a double hung window flipped on its side. Both sides may slide to open, or one side can be fixed so it does not open. A sliding glass patio door is an example of how a sliding window looks and functions.
Single Hung Windows Single hung windows look like double hung windows except the top part of the window is stationary and does not open.
Specialty Shapes Windows can be made in all sorts of special shapes and sizes to complement any home style. Sometimes these windows can be made to open, but in many cases, they do not open and simply let in light.
Erdmann’s Exterior Door Replacement
In addition to window installation on Chicagoland homes, we also install exterior doors. When is the best time to call Erdmann for expert door replacement? Entry doors and patio doors see a lot of use and wear. After many years, you may notice that they just don’t fit tightly in the frame anymore. Or perhaps you simply don’t like the look or style of your door any longer. This is particularly common if you recently changed the look of your windows and/or installed new siding. Whatever your reason for needing door installation, we can help.
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