If the time has come to replace the windows in your home, you may be perplexed as to what style of window to put in a small window opening. After all, double-hung windows don't usually come this small and would also look silly in such a place. Thankfully, there are several window styles that do work well in smaller openings. Here's a look at them:
Awning windows are named for the way they open: they hind upward like an awning. This style of window might be a good choice if ventilation is a chief concern. The wide opening it creates when open allows plenty of air to flow in, and you can even leave it open when there's a light drizzle because the glass will keep the water from blowing in. A minor downfall to awning windows is that if you lack dexterity in your fingers, you may have a hard time turning the crank to open and close the window.
Casement windows are quite similar to awning windows. They have the same type of hinge-and-crank opening, but the hinges are placed on one side of the window rather than along the top of it. You can have the hinges placed on the right or left depending on your preferences. Casement windows also open wide to let the air flow in. However, they have a slightly more traditional look than awning windows, and if you have casement windows elsewhere in your home, putting a casement window in the small window space may help create a unified look.
A Fixed Window
Think about it; when was the last time you opened that small window? If you never really open it because it is in an area that makes it hard to reach, then you might just want to go with a fixed window. A fixed window does not open at all, and it will be more efficient than any other type of window because there's no gap between the frame and sash where the air can leak in. Of course, if you ever change your mind and wish you could open the window, you will have to have a new window put in place.
Note that all of these window styles generally come in many different colors, so you can customize them to meet your preferences. You may also add grilles or shutters to change the look even further.
Contact a company like Gallagher Bros. Inc. for more information and assistance.