Your home’s windows and doors play a major role in the style of your house. Whether your home has traditional windows, or you are looking for something more modern, there are many choices.
Bland is out and authentic is in with these new window trends that are earning big buzz in magazines and on HGTV!
A classic style among Madison homeowners, double-hung windows are hinged on one side and open from the other using a mechanical crank. With solid wood interiors factory stained to match furniture or accents and a fiberglass exterior for weather resistance, these windows are energy conscious with argon filled sashes that exceed ENERGY STAR standards.
While single-hung windows can only be opened from the bottom, double hung windows open on both sides to allow for ventilation. The sashes also tilt inward for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Adding an Argon gas fill between the two window panes enhances energy efficiency by reducing thermal conductivity. They are also available in a range of colors and finishes to suit any architectural style.
Casement or Awning Windows
Casement and awning windows have hinges on the right or left side and open outward with a lever or crank. They’re typically used for openings that don’t allow for an in-swinging sash, such as where furniture would get in the way of the window. These windows offer great ventilation and a tight seal with their latch lock.
Awning and casement windows offer unobstructed views as well as a good amount of ventilation. They’re ideal for Madison homeowners interested in home improvement projects that will maximize the natural light and outdoor views in their space. Unlike double-hung or sliding windows, these types do not require a checkrail. This allows for a more unobstructed view and makes them easier to clean from inside the house. They are also considered one of the most energy efficient window options on the market.
Picture windows allow homeowners to enjoy unobstructed views of the outdoors and let in abundant natural light, brightening living spaces while elevating home aesthetics. They’re available in a variety of dynamic combination shapes, including bay and bow windows, and they offer a more energy-efficient option than other window styles because they don’t open and close.
When choosing this type of window, consider the desired view and amount of natural light as well as your home’s architectural style. Bay and bow windows, for example, protrude from the side of a home and feature three or more panes of angled glass to create a dimensional impact. They can be a stunning accent to a dining area, living room, or master bedroom. They also work well in conjunction with casement or awning windows.
Achieve a fuller, more panoramic view of your flourishing garden or scenic landscape with a beautiful garden window. Known as “greenhouse windows,” these unique home improvement products offer space to display home plants, flowers, and more, all while protecting them from harsh weather conditions.
They add dimension to your interior and can be left open to circulate natural air with refreshing breezes. With a wide range of options available, they suit a variety of modern Madison home aesthetics. Garden windows are also a great option for homeowners looking to add extra storage space for decorative items. Similar to bay or bow windows, these three-dimensional windows protrude outward and come with a built-in shelf. They’re often installed in the kitchen but can be placed anywhere.
The most energy-efficient window style, picture windows (also known as architectural windows) are designed to frame and showcase a view. They can be used as stand-alone windows or combined with casement or awning windows for unobstructed views and extra ventilation.
They come in a wide variety of sizes, but they generally range from 20 to 24 inches wide and 24 to 48 inches tall. They can also be used with doors to create a unique window/door combination.
Vinyl windows are popular in modern Madison homes and offer high energy efficiency. They’re lightweight, low maintenance and provide insulation without sacrificing beauty or durability. Fiberglass windows are another option for those looking for the best of both worlds – they look like wood but are less prone to warping and rotting.