Do you know that your window style could be the reason why your home is mostly airless and always very dim? Windows are not only meant to beautify your apartments, but they’re also a crucial component that could determine how cozy your apartment will be in the long run. But with such a wide variety of window styles, it might be challenging for Canadian homeowners to make a final pick.
Worry not, however. Our team has done extensive research and concluded that Ecoline Double-Hung windows are considered the top go-to window style if you want to replace your old units. Want to know why they would best fit your house? Keep reading!
What Are Double-Hung Windows?
A double-hung window is one with an upper and lower sash (the glass windowpane unit) that both are moveable. These windows move vertically up and down.
In most cases, the upper sash remains static while the lower sash moves around. Depending on your preference, though, the upper sash can be slid up and down as well. This dual-purpose is what gives them their name while single-hung windows have permanently fastened upper sashes. So, how do they compare against these other styles?
Double-Hung vs. Sliding Windows
Sliding windows are a popular choice for many residential homes because of their easy functionality and longevity. They are also massively appealing because they are quite inexpensive – both to install and maintain, compared to other options.
Sliding windows open to the side, from the middle, by sliding along tracks that run above and below the window. They are excellent alternative designs, especially in residences where having vertically maneuvering hinges are impossible.
Pros & Cons
- View outside. Sliders are a much better option when it comes to unobstructed view because the partition hatch on a double-hung window slightly impairs the view.
- Ventilation. Gliders are typically larger than double-hung windows. Hence, they naturally allow more ventilation as they tend to open much wider than the latter. However, double-hung units can be placed in strategic places and have the possibility to control the angle of the opening so you can get fresh air even if it is raining outside.
- Energy Efficiency. Sliding windows are more energy-efficient than double-hung windows due to the absence of intricate moving parts. This allows them to seal firmly and adequately, which effectively stops air penetration from the outside.
- Installation Cost. Another important edge that Sliders have is that they are significantly cheaper and easier to install and operate than Double-Hung Windows.
- Noise Pollution and Maintenance. For a much quieter option when opening and closing your windows, the Double-Hung Windows takes this round because they do not have slider tracks that gather debris over time. Sliders not only become quite difficult to open and shut, but they become pretty noisy too once they collect debris.
Double-Hung vs. Awning:
Awning Windows are hinged at the top and have the advantage of being able to be left open even when it’s raining because the glass slopes downward when the window is extended.
They are ideal for homes with high ceilings because they allow hot air to escape more effectively than double-hung windows or any other window style. Awning Windows are made for spaces that are longer than they are wide. They open entirely outward, hence giving the best ventilation and natural light.
Pros & Cons:
- Ventilation. In comparison to Double-Hung Windows, and indeed any other style, Awnings are the perfect alternative for letting fresh air into the home because they can be mounted higher in the walls than rest window styles. However, it really does not give these windows an edge here since double-hung units are also super efficient at bringing fresh air in.
- Energy Efficiency. Both window styles are middle ground when it comes to saving on energy bills. Not the best and not the worst, both units provide energy-efficient Low-E glasses. It keeps your home warm in winter and cool in summer.
- Construction. Awnings have a perfectly weather-tight structure, and installing them provides a much better shield from outside moisture for your home. As compared to Double-Hung Windows, they are the preferred choice in rainy or damp climates.
Window Styles: Pricing
While you can think that getting new windows would be a great idea, you should also remember that it might be quite pricey renovation. The table below will give you an insight about a typical price range for the window styles we have discussed above.
|Basement||n\a||$471 – $1114||$394 – $1057|
|Bathroom||$95 – $1500||$432 – $943||$394 – $1033|
|Bedroom||$587 – $2115||$893 – $909||$437 – $1521|
|Bonus room||$634 – $1374||$494 – $944||$820 – $1248|
|Dining room||$529 – $1466||$843 – $1429||$669 – $1957|
|Family room||$569 – $1155||$621 – $1157||$490 – $1131|
|Foyer||$500 – $854||n\a||$465 – $778|
|Front||$510 – $925||$483 – $1414||$785 – $968|
|Garage||$588 – $732||$703 – $902||$391 – $1085|
|Kitchen||$445 – $1595||$419 – $1471||$394 – $1595|
|Living room||$429 – $1614||$485 – $1384||$433 – $2327|
|Master bedroom||n\a||$588 – $1120||$452 – $1810|
|Nook||$473 – $1186||$734 – $920||$658 – $1142|
Source: Ecoline Windows
Installing Your Windows – Go the Right Way
There are quite a few pertinent things always to note when installing a window in your new home or fixing new windows in your old residence.
- One of these is that you should seldom adopt a “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) approach as this can be both dangerous and also cost you a lot more in the long run. Of course, you want to cut costs as much as you can, but who doesn’t?
The truth is, though, hiring a reliable window replacement contractor is the most secure and high-quality option if you want the project done correctly in the short and long term. Besides the risk of bodily harm you could incur if you DIY, you would also eventually have to pay more to correct any errors you make if you take that route.
So, your best bet is to seek out a respectable and skilled contractor. It would be best if you also made sure that the contractor you hire follows all CSA guidelines as well as your local building code.
- Another significant factor to consider during installations is how energy-efficient your new windows are. Do pay attention to the type of products your chosen installer recommends for the project; make sure they’re all Energy Star-rated products.
The right window style must be environmentally friendly, as much as it is cost-efficient for you as well. Following the CSA, and having your units NAFS-1 and NFRC tested will not only keep you out of trouble with the law but will also save you money.
On a final note, you should also always remember that, although every window style has its unique features and advantages, some may not work for your apartment, depending on your particular window frame. Choose wisely, and enjoy your new windows.