Single hung, Double hung, horizontal sliding, casement, awning, and fixed picture windows of different shapes: where should different window styles be placed? Should you mix windows throughout the home or should your windows be all the same style?
With the many window styles available for homeowners to choose, selecting windows styles for a new home build or replacement windows is an important. There are many considerations when selecting window styles.
Building Codes and Controlling Carpentry Costs
<h4>Restructuring Windows with Carpentry</h4>
When replacing windows, many homes do not meet current updated building codes with respect to window opening size for sleeping areas. One way to meet updated building codes is to reframe the window opening to a larger size to allow for a same style window to go into that window location. However, some windows can’t be resized due to masonry or other permanent structures interfering with structural resizing. Reframing window openings adds more cost to a replacement window job and may require additional trade work for interior and exterior carpentry, electrical, or plumbing.
<h4>Reconfiguring Window Openings with New Window Styles</h4>
Sometimes a different window style can be used to provide a larger opening for escape or egress. Take, for example, a home where the bedroom windows consists of two mulled single hung windows. This means that two single hung windows are in the same opening. The opening size in this window set is about 1/4 of the entire window hole. Replace this set of mulled single hung windows with a single horizontal sliding window. The opening of the horizontal sliding window will double the opening size of the single hung window. These simple window changes may save time and money for construction costs.
Another example, single hung windows only allow for the lower sash to lift up to nearly half of the window opening. Replacing a three foot wide single hung window with a crank style fully operable sash casement window style will nearly double the opening size of that window and often meet updated building codes.
<h6>Know Your New Construction Building Codes</h6>
When designing a new construction home be sure to understand your city or international building code requirements before purchasing new windows. Be sure to discuss specific window opening size requirements with your window company. Be sure to discuss building code requirements with specific size window styles. Remember, not every window style at a specific size will meet an egress size. Let your window company know your building code requirements for each room. This is your responsibility.
Operability, Ventilation, and Grand Views
Consider how you want your home to get fresh air. Cross ventilation may be important. Selecting window styles over kitchen sinks, tubs, or in difficult to reach locations are worth consideration. There’s a trade-off of being able to reach locks, pull rails, to easily open a hard to reach window. Horizontal sliding are easy to slide windows, but place the meeting rail vertically down the center of the window. Replacing builder grade single hung windows in second story from non-reachable foyer locations makes sense. Always consider the exterior elevation styling for balance. Casement and awning window styles allow for larger openings than single hung or horizontal sliding windows. Pairing operable windows with fixed picture windows can offer great ventilation opportunities and allow great views as well. Combinations with single hung windows with fixed picture window styles offer perfect window solution.
Safety and Functionality with Window Style
A Common question: “Is it OK to mix different window styles on the front elevation of a home?” The answer is most definitely yes. The importance of safety can not be denied when replacing windows in your home. Select window styles for your home that meet building codes. Window combinations allow a deviation from the standard builder style single hung windows. Create the best set of custom windows with different window styles for your home for the way you live.
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