East York, Ontario Replacement Windows and Doors
As with most things in life, the more you know, the better decisions you can make. The same holds true when you’re talking about replacement doors and windows for your East York home.
For the purposes of this article, we are going to focus on replacement windows, rather than doors. The more you know about the various types of windows and other options that are available, the easier it is going to be for you and your family to make a decision that will help save you money, bring more comfort to you, and completely transform any room in your house, if that’s what you want.
There are numerous different replacement windows that you can choose for your East York home. When it comes to entry doors, there are front doors, patio doors, French doors, side doors, and much more. That’s just the tip of that proverbial iceberg.
As for replacement windows, the following are some of the most common types of windows that you can choose from:
- Single hung
- Double hung
- Single casement
- Double casement
- Dougal double hung with cut ups
- Double hung with cut ups and an arched window top
- Picture window
- Picture window with casement windows on either side
- Picture window with double hung windows on either side
- Bay window
- Bow window
- Circle window
- Hexagon window
- Half-moon window
- Triangle window
It’s easy to see that some of these windows are relatively self-explanatory. The final four in the list, the circle, hexagon, half-moon, and triangle windows all represent the shape of those specific windows. They are also commonly used to complement other types of windows or for unique spaces.
Let’s look at the other types of windows in more detail.
Single hung – This type of window will slide up. The bottom portion of the window is the one that will move up and down. The top half of the window usually will not open, such as sliding down. If it does, then you have what is known as a double hung window.
Double hung -This type of window will slide up and down to open, just as a single hung. However, the difference is that the top and bottom half of the window will open. This can be beneficial when you want to allow a nice breeze to come through the house, but don’t wish to open the bottom half of the window or a piece of furniture blocks the flow of air.
Single casement – A casement window is one that will open along a hinge either outward or inward, but from the side, top, or bottom. The window will open on an angle outward. They usually use a crank handle, but you may find certain casement windows that have different styles of handles to open with.
Double casement – This type of window is very similar to a single casement, but you will actually have two casement windows side-by-side. They can open parallel to one another or may open in opposite directions, opposing one another.
Double hung with cut ups – These windows will essentially be double hung windows but have cut up frames within the glass. This is to create the illusion of a series of smaller windows that make up the complete window. You may find cut ups in 8, 10, 12, or even more portions.
Double hung with cut ups and an arched window on top – Similar to the double hung window with cut ups, this window would also contain an arched window on top of it. This arched window would be just like a half-moon style window.
Picture window – A picture window is almost universally known throughout East York and all of Canada. This type of window was extremely popular in the 1960s, 70s, and even the 80s. However, it lost its popularity for some time, but is making a comeback once again. This picture window is a large pane of glass that, especially if there is a gorgeous view beyond that, can create the illusion of a frame, as though it is a picture hanging on a wall.
Picture window with casement windows on either side – This would be your regular picture window that would have narrowed or wider casement windows on either side which would allow air to move into the room.
Picture window with double hung windows on either side – Similar to the previous example, this would have a picture window book ended with two double hung windows on either side, again to allow air to flow into the room.
Bay window – This type of window is large, like a picture window, but it will extend away from the house. It is most commonly made up of three component windows. Two of these windows will angle out from the sides and then one will connect them, parallel to the house.
Bow window – The bow window is very similar to a bay window in that it extends out away from the house in an arc. There will generally be a series of panes of glass that arc out, creating this “bow” type of appearance.
Circle window – This type of window is basically like how it sounds. It will be in the shape of a circle and is commonly used for higher ceilings, entryways, and to allow light into a room without having to worry about square, rectangular windows or opening and closing windows.
Hexagon window – This is similar to the circle window, but is in the shape of a hexagon. In other words, it is six sided.
Half-moon window – This would be a semicircle and is commonly used as a fixture over other windows or doorways.
Triangle window – This type of window is the shape of a triangle and can be used to complement other types of windows or as a standalone window.
What can you do with this information?
The more you know about various replacement windows, the easier it is going to be for you and your family to determine whether you want the same style and size window to replace what’s there now or something completely different.
Any replacement door or window company that is worth investing in should encourage their customers to know as much is they want about the various options available to them. If you have other questions, contact Brock Doors and Windows today.