Choosing the right window package for your remodel, update, or new home can feel overwhelming. There is a lot to consider beyond just the style of the home, like the framing material, glass package, and type of window. Windows are an important investment for both the curb appeal and total value of your home and it’s important to weigh all your options and work with window experts to find the right fit. Big Fish Contracting is ready to help you with all your window needs!
New Construction vs. Retrofit Windows
It’s important to understand the basic differences between new construction windows and retrofit windows. New construction windows are best for new home construction or additions. The window and frame are designed specifically to attach to the interior frame of a wall during construction, prior to the application of siding and trim. Retrofit windows or replacement windows are specially designed to replace existing windows from the inside of the home. These windows do not require the removal of siding or trim prior to installation. While most window replacements call for retrofit windows, there are times when new construction windows are required. It’s important to work with a trustworthy contractor to evaluate your windows and their surrounding structure to determine if replacement or a larger repair is needed.
Understanding the Different Types of Window Systems
Beyond new construction or retrofit windows, there are several styles to choose from based on how you would like to use the window. Windows can accomplish many goals for a home including adding extra natural light to a room, allowing for additional air flow, and adding to the beauty of the interior and exterior of the home. From single to double hung windows or casement windows, there are many styles to choose from to help you enhance your home.
Single-Hung or Double-Hung Windows
Hung windows are made of two panes that are vertically stacked and can slide up and down to open and close. With single-hung windows, the lower pane can slide upward to open and downward to close while both panes can slide on a double-hung window allowing it to be opened or closed from the top or bottom.
Casement windows are hinged at the side and open using a crank system at the bottom of the window. These windows open outward like a door and are ideal for tight spaces in your home that are hard to access.
Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward using a latch or crank system. Awning windows offer superior ventilation and unlike most other windows, can be opened in the rain as the pane protects the opening from water.
Sliding windows move from side to side to open and close. They are usually easily removable to aid in cleaning.
Combination windows are a series of traditional windows fitted together to create a custom look. These can be a combination of single or double hung windows, casement windows, awnings, etc.
Pella Window Partners
As part of our mission to provide the most reliable products and services to our clients, we’ve partnered with Pella to offer the best windows in the industry. Pella offers a number of window styles made with wood, fiberglass, or vinyl framing materials to add the perfect touch to any project. From awnings to casement to sliding, even fully customized windows, Pella is our trusted supplier. We’re experts in installation and we’re ready to work with you, every step of the way, in finding the best window style and design for your home or business project.
Get a Quote Today
Contact Big Fish Contracting for a free review and estimate. One of our expert builders will come inspect your windows or new construction to determine the best course of action and provide you with a thorough and detailed estimate for new windows. In order to make the most out of your investment, Big Fish Contracting will carefully evaluate the structure surrounding your existing windows to ensure all window elements are stable and can provide a long-lasting window system for your home or business. Work with our in-house designer and architect to find the perfect window system for your new addition, renovation, or remodeling project.
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