Natural light makes a home significantly more appealing. Numerous studies have revealed the mental, emotional, and even physiological benefits of being exposed to bright, natural light and views of nature. Whether you’re building a new addition or looking to replace the windows in your house, there are many ways to customize your home’s style and function with the type of window you choose. Check out some of these popular window options.

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Single- and Double-Hung Windows

These are the most popular windows found on most houses. They slide open vertically to allow for quick and easy ventilation without swinging or bumping into the side of the house. Screens are easily installed along with them so that you don’t need to worry about insects coming in when you want to enjoy a cool evening breeze. Single-hung windows open only from the bottom, while double-hung windows can slide up from the bottom or down from the top. Because they are so common, these windows are relatively inexpensive and can be found in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and colors. Because gravity is always working against them, they may slip and fall closed if not adequately maintained or without support. The seal on single- and double-hung windows also tends not to be as weathertight as that of others, resulting in hot air from outside seeping in. They can also be more difficult to open and close than others if not frequently used.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are large, immobile windows without an opening mechanism. As the name suggests, they are meant to create an art piece of the world outside; their sole purpose is to let in light and provide an unobstructed view. The seal around them is weathertight, and depending on the size, they can be pretty cheap to install. Though beautiful, picture windows can be challenging to clean and may heat a room since they let in so much light and aren’t insulated.

Casement Windows

Windows of this style swing outward on a hinge, usually by way of a crank. The ability to control how wide they open allows you to get the perfect ventilation you want for the room. Screens are fitted into the inner side to stop insects and other animals from entering. When closed, they usually have a tight weatherproof seal, making them great for saving energy costs. Because of the more complicated opening mechanism, these windows cost more than others. You also cannot use window AC units with casement windows.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are not only a way to allow light and fresh air into your home; they are also a lovely design element to make your home’s exterior more interesting. Three or more windows meet at angles, forming a semi-circle that juts out from the home’s exterior. Generally, the center window of the unit is a picture window, while the ones on either side can open as casements. Most bay window units have a ledge filling the space from where the windows bump out from the wall. This can be used to display photos, as a place to rest food or drink, or can even be converted into a small reading nook. You’ll need to budget for a significant expense when adding bay windows, though.

Whether you are looking to add light to your kitchen or a wide-open view to your outdoor spaces, your window options play an important role in the overall look. For design advice and expert home renovation, call West Coast Design Build Florida today.