Your home is full of character and charm; but is it time to find replacement windows to match that energy? Not only should your windows add to the home’s curb appeal, but they must also withstand harsh winter weather. Not sure where to start? We can help! Whether you own a colonial, Cape Cod, ranch, or split-level home, we’ll find the right windows to add curb appeal, functionality, durability, and energy efficiency. With those elements in mind, here’s a list of the top five window styles (plus some bonus alternatives) for New England Homes. Let’s dive in!
Double-hung windows have been around for centuries. They have an ageless design that can complement a variety of regional architectural styles. with two sashes that slide vertically within the frame, double-hung windows provide excellent insulation and a traditional look.
They are also easy to clean because both sashes can be tilted inward, making it easier for you to reach the exterior glass from inside your home. If you’re looking for a traditional and low-maintenance option, look no further than the classic double-hung style!
Casement windows have a single sash that is hinged on one side and opens outward. They are operated with a simple crank mechanism, making them easy to open and close. When open, they are designed to catch the breeze and direct it into the home.
Not only do they provide excellent ventilation and allow for maximum natural light, but casement windows are also highly energy efficient. When closed, the sash seals against the frame creating an airtight stopper to minimize air leakage and reduce heat loss. For this reason, they are ideal for New England’s cold winters and harsh elements.
Looking for curb appeal? Bay windows are typically made up of three or four panes that project outward from the house, creating a small alcove. Not only do they create a gorgeous fitting on your home’s exterior, but they allow more natural light to enter the room from multiple angles creating a bright and inviting space in your home.
Unlike the other options presented in this blog, bay windows also create a cozy space or seating area that can be used for reading, relaxing and more. This combination of beauty, functionality and comfort make these protruding windows a popular option.
Picture (Fixed) Windows
Picture windows, also known as fixed windows, have large, fixed panes that are sealed closed, providing an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Since fixed windows cannot be opened, they are less likely to let in air or moisture, which can help to reduce your energy bills, making them an excellent choice for New England’s colder months. They also have no moving parts, so they are considered a low-maintenance option for many homeowners.
On the other hand, if you enjoy opening your windows and allowing a breeze in your home during the summer, you might want to go in another direction.
Slider windows are ideal for homeowners who desire a contemporary look and easy operation. They typically have one or two panes that slide horizontally within the frame, providing excellent ventilation and a modern aesthetic.
They are a perfect option for small spaces because they do not require any additional area to open. They simply slide parallel to the wall, while still offering the option for airflow. For these reasons, they are frequently considered among the easiest windows to clean and maintain.
Additional Options and Considerations
Are you still having trouble finding the style that best fits your home? Here are some additional options and considerations:
Awning windows are attached at the top of the frame and can be opened and closed using a crank. They are a great option for areas that frequently experience a variety of weather conditions, such as New England, because they can be opened even when it is raining. However, unlike their casement counterparts, awning windows don’t naturally catch the breeze and redirect it into the home.
Transom windows sit above a larger window or door. Don’t think of them as a primary window replacement, but as an option that can add additional appeal when paired with previously mentioned options. They allow more light to enter the room and add architectural interest to your home.
Double-glazed (or double-paned) windows have two panes of glass layered on top of each other in a single sash. The sealed air gap between the two panes acts as an added layer of insulation, drastically improving the energy efficiency of any home.
Any of the options listed above can be double glazed. In fact, this option is standard for modern construction and replacements, so you likely already have them. But, for people with traditional, old New England homes who haven’t upgraded in a few decades, you may want to check the panes in your current windows. If they are single-paned, you can switch to double-glazed while keeping the same traditional look you love while also saving drastically on your energy bills.
Let Us Find the Right Window for You
There are so many window styles to choose from for your New England home, each offering its own unique personality and benefits. Double-hung and casement windows are popular options for their energy efficiency and ventilation, while bay, picture and slider windows can add extra space and natural light. No matter what window style you want for your home, we can help you find the perfect fit with brands including Andersen, Marvin, ModernView, and more.
We have showrooms for windows and doors at our Whitinsville, Sharon, and Dennis locations and also offer a wide array of window accessories online. In addition, we have several dedicated professionals who focus exclusively on double-glazed windows and can walk you through the process to get the most efficient installation for your home.