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A Buyer’s Guide to Replacement Windows

If you have outdated windows or damaged windows that give you constant problems, then it’s about time that you got high-quality replacement windows for your home. 

This simple upgrade can bring in huge benefits in terms of energy savings, noise reduction, home security, and upgrade your home’s overall aesthetic. With well-placed windows, you can also increase the amount of natural light in your space which uplifts your spirits and decreases your dependence on artificial light. 

So now that you’re ready to get replacement windows, here are key things that you need to know about. Let’s get started!

I. What Are The Parts of A Window Called? 

Before we proceed, here is an extensive list of each window part and what they mean:

  • Window frame – this is what supports the window. It is made up of the head, jambs, and sill. 
    • Head: This is the horizontal part that makes up the top of the window frame
    • Jambs: Two vertical parts that form the sides of the window frame
    • Sill: This is the horizontal part at the bottom of the window frame
  • Sash –This is the part of the window that opens, whether by swinging or by sliding 
  • Mullion – This is the structure that is between two adjoined windows
  • Grilles – These are decorative strips that are placed on a whole sheet of glass to make it look as though the glass is divided into little glass panes
  • Hinges – This is what allows certain window types to swing open

II. What Material Is Best For Window Frames? 

The window frame is partially inside the house and partially exposed to the elements. This is why it is best to choose a window frame that is not prone to elemental damage. Window frames are typically made of the following materials:

  • Wood;
  • Aluminum;
  • Pure UPVC; and/or
  • Fibreglass. 

Over time, wooden frames will swell or warp, aluminum frames will become corroded, and fibreglass frames are prone to cracking. That’s why from the above materials, UPVC is considered by many as the best choice. It is cost-effective, durable, and virtually maintenance-free. It will serve you for years to come and still look as fresh as the day you got it.

UPVC replacement windows that form a bay window

III. What Are The Different Types of Window Styles? 

1. Hung Windows 

Hung windows feature one or two sashes that slide vertically. Sometimes, the upper sash is fixed in place, leaving only the bottom sash to be opened. These are called single-hung windows. Double-hung windows are those that allow both sashes to move. 

The main advantage of these windows is they don’t obstruct the space in front when opening, making them perfect for areas adjacent to patios or walkways. 

2. Slider Windows 

These windows have one or two sashes that slide horizontally on a track. Similar to hung windows, slider windows can also be single slider windows or double slider windows, depending on how many of the window’s sashes move. 

These windows have the same main advantage as hung windows; they don’t cause any obstruction.

3. Casement Windows 

These windows swing open outwards from the side of the frame, just like how a door opens. Because the entire sash swings out, you can get excellent ventilation from these windows. 

4. Awning Windows 

Envision a casement window turned horizontally on its side and you get an awning window. Aside from the great ventilation, these windows can be left open even with light rain. The sash, when open, will deflect the rain droplets, provided that wind doesn’t blow the rain into the house. 

5. Hopper Windows 

These horizontal swinging windows open in the opposite direction to awning windows. Hopper windows open inwards from hinges at the bottom. This type of window is named after traditional chute hoppers for coal furnaces, which open at the bottom.

6. Bow or Bay Windows 

These types of windows are defined by their frame structure that protrudes out from a home’s exterior. Bay windows have a more semi-polygonal shape with three or five panels while bow windows have more panels that form an outward curve.

Bay or bow windows can add a few more square metres to a room. The result is the illusion of a much bigger living space which was quite popular in homes in the late 1800s.

7. Fixed Windows 

As their name suggests, once installed these windows remain in place and cannot be opened. The upside of these windows is that they’re a great way to let light into a home, brightening rooms that may need a bit of sunlight. 

They are also awesome at showcasing a view, which is why they are also called picture windows

Big UPVC fixed replacement windows beside the dining table

IV. What Else Should I Look For In A Window? 

1. Energy Efficiency  

When picking windows, look for the Energy Star label – this means the windows have been tested and meet or exceed minimum standards for energy efficiency. If you’re looking to make your home more energy-efficient, check out this blog on the top 10 ways to do so!

2. Low-Emissivity or Low-E Coatings 

Windows with Low-E coatings cut down on heat transfer, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

3. Windows With Insulated Glass 

These windows have more than one pane of glass, resulting in a layer of insulation between the window panes. The sealed layer of gas or air between the panes reduces heat transfer.

Some window makers produce insulated windows filled with inert gasses, instead of air. It’s important to remember that these gases, being inert, don’t react to other substances. A benefit of these windows is superior thermal resistance to air and better energy efficiency.

Energy-Efficient, Durable, and Stylish Replacement Windows By Clera 

Our customizable and stylish windows, here at Clera Windows + Doors, are sure to fit a wide range of aesthetic preferences. 

Furthermore, each window has the components needed to be highly energy-efficient, durable, and virtually maintenance-free. If you’ve ever wanted your home to have windows that have it all, then windows by Clera are for you. We also manufacture these windows ourselves, allowing us to offer them at the best possible price. 

If you have any questions or would like to get started, get in touch with us today!

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