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Tips from Archway: Choosing the Best Replacement Windows


If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t understand much about the different types of replacement windows that are on the market and what type is the best for your home. Luckily, we are here to educate you!

First, let’s start out by explaining the warning signs that you may need to replace your windows.

If you’re wondering if it’s time to replace your windows, ask yourself the following questions…

Are your windows rotting or falling apart?
Is your home over 15 years old?
Are your windows leaking water or letting in too much air?
Are you having a hard time cleaning your windows?
Are they difficult to open and close?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, it’s probably time for a window replacement.

How to Choose the Best Replacement Windows for Your Home

Once you’ve determined that it’s definitely time to get replacement windows, you’ll need to get educated on the different types of windows and which ones make the most sense to install in your home.

Window Types:

Double Hung – This is a very common type of window for most homes, and arguably the most common type of window on the market today. Double hung windows have two sashes (glass panes) that slide up and down.
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Casement – Casement windows are also a very common type of window seen in many homes. They are hinged vertically to swing in and out like a door, and they are operated with a crank.

Picture – Picture windows are quite popular in ranch-style homes. They are made up of a large fixed window flanked by two double hung or casement windows.

Bay – Bay windows are commonly used in larger houses or town homes and are often seen in brownstones or flats in a city setting. They are a series of fixed windows (usually 3) that project outward from a home, creating a recess on the inside.
Choose a bay window for your next window replacement to design your home both inside and outside.

Sliding – A sliding window does exactly what it says…it slides open and shut from left to right instead of up and down like a double hung. Sliding windows are easier to operate than crank windows and maintain a contemporary look.

Window Features:

The windows we supply at Archway have the following features.

Fusion-welded frame – this provides superior structural strength while creating a permanent barrier against air and moisture infiltration

Multi-chamber design –  this traps dead air to produce an effective insulating barrier

Weather Stripping – We use triple-barrier weatherstripping between the sash and jamb for superior protection from air and water leaks.

Spacer System – A spacer is a piece of metal or aluminum used for insulation purposes. It works by helping to reduce conducted heat loss through the window and is better at retaining insulating gas than most conventional designs.

We hope this helps you better understand the world of replacement windows. To fully understand which of these features is right for you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our window replacement experts.