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Westchester Window Replacement Options for Your Home

By Danielle Bailey Subscribe to RSS | June 28th 2012 | Views:

Window replacement projects are a good way to improve safety, maximize space, and enhance your home's aesthetic appeal. The choices are quite varied, however, so you need to find the one that best suits your needs. Certain window types are also considered more suitable for households with young children. Depending on the location, some windows are fixed shut, while some windows open wide to allow air into the house.

You'll often see picture windows in living rooms and along corridors that need illumination. Their fixed design serves to frame the view outside, much like a picture frame would. Fixed windows are designed to let in passive daylight rather than ventilation.

A bay window is a type of fixed window that protrudes from the wall. This allows occupants a better panoramic view of the outside world. Bay windows typically have three lites or panes as tall as doors, although some bay window may have more than that. A bow window is a type of bay window with a curved shape that creates more space. It is typically found in a lot of eighteenth century houses and buildings.

Casement windows normally open with a 90° hinge. Some casement windows open inward and outward in a 180° hinge. Families with active young toddlers may have windows installed with 180° hinges that allow the panes to open either outward or inward until it is flat against the wall.

Awning windows are casement window variants with lites that tilt horizontally, thus allowing smaller openings. Parents feel more at ease with this type of Westchester window for their children's bedrooms. Some children's bedrooms are combined with one fixed lite and one awning lite, making it look like a single hung window, which has one fixed lite and a sliding lite.

Double hung windows have two frames that can move up or down independently of each other. These double hung windows may be opened from the top or the bottom. In houses with young children, only the top frame is left open; alternatively, they may have insect screens attached to the children's bedroom's Westchester window. For additional safety, double hung windows can be combined with bay windows. These windows would have one fixed pane in the middle with at least one double hung window on either side.

Houses that allow only enough space for flat windows may opt for picture combination windows. These Westchester windows are often quite wide and suitable for kitchens, dayrooms, and living rooms. Picture combination windows have a sliding window attached to at least one fixed lite on either side.

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