Pros and Cons of Different Window Styles July 8, 2013 There is an incredible range of home windows available to suit nearly any function and personal aesthetic choice. In addition to traditional sliding and hinged styles, you can choose to install a skylight to increase natural light into your home or louvres to maximize ventilation. Different styles of windows provide different opening areas, which will vary in importance for individual needs. Larger opening areas will increase ventilation opportunities while smaller openings will provide improved security. Awning Windows: Pros – Awning windows are designed to provide light and breeze. They’re great for bedrooms and other areas that need to maintain privacy but still let some light in. Awnings can be opened slightly to allow ventilation. Cons – Screens for awning windows are set on the inside, which can mean that all the dirt and dust that normally falls into the sash makes its way onto your floors instead. Casement Windows: Pros – Casement windows open outward for light, fresh air and side breezes. They’re tightly sealed for energy efficiency and great for hard-to-reach places, such as over sinks and appliances in the kitchen. Casements crank open, as opposed to sliding up and down, making them easier to maneuver. Cons – If you’re moving into an older home, check on the stability of your casement hinges and hardware. Though casements are usually tough to break into, faulty or rusty hardware increases your risk factor. Double Hung Windows: Pros – Double hung windows are chosen for their unique style, ease of access and superior ventilation. The top of the window can be opened while the bottom remains closed – great for kids’ rooms. Double hung windows can go practically anywhere in your home. They’re perfect for kitchens, offices and bedrooms. Cons – Double hung windows tend to leak more air than other windows. And keep in mind that only half of this window opens up, whereas different types can open completely. Bay Windows: Pros – Bay windows create an open, peaceful feeling. Their multiple views allow light to stream in from different angles. Plus, the sides of the window can be opened for air circulation. Bay windows dress up any home with uniqueness and style. Replacing a flat window with a bay can completely change the amount of light that room receives. Cons – Only the sides of bay windows open and typically don’t come with screens. And those are only the most common styles. Call Platinum Home Renovations today to talk about other styles we offer and how they can benefit you.