The pros and cons of different windows

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The right windows can let in lots of natural light, make your home more energy efficient, and add beauty to both the interior and exterior of your home. However, what is right for one home may not be right for another. Because of this, it’s important to research the many different types of windows on the market today before committing to a specific style. The following are pros and cons of some of the most popular windows on the market today.


–        Double hung: $200-$600

Double hung windows are one of the most popular styles in homes today with two sashes that slide up and down.

Pros: Low cost, variety of sizes and styles, can be used with screens and air conditioning units

Cons: Limited ventilation, may leak without additional weatherproof strips


–        Horizontally mounted: $250-$950

Horizontally mounted windows have one or two horizontal sashes on a track, providing plenty of light and ventilation.

Pro: Low cost, easy to open, easy to clean

Con: Sills can fill with rain, only half the window can be opened at a time


–        Noise reduction: $400-$900 each

Noise reduction windows are designed to deaden sound, making them ideal for homes near busy streets, airports, or other noisy areas.

Pros: Reduces noise by as much as 30%, adds thermal insulation which reduces heating and cooling costs

Cons: Additional costs, thicker glass has almost no window sill


–        Garden window: $1000-$1200

Often installed above kitchen sinks, garden windows create a mini-greenhouse environment perfect for growing plants, herbs, and letting in plenty of light.

Pro: Lets in lots of light, creates storage space

Con: Increased solar heat gain


–        Casement: $200-$500

Casement windows are side hinged with easy to open cranks. Swinging open to the side maximizes breezes while minimizing obstructions to the view.

Pro: Closes tightly, increases ventilation

Con: Cranks can break, screens on the inside, cannot accommodate storm windows


–        Skylight: $150-$500, plus $500-$3000 for installation

Skylights can open up cramped rooms and hallways with natural light.

Pros: Adds natural light, lowers heating costs

Cons: Expensive installation, difficult to clean, can be leaky or drafty


–        Between the glass blinds: $850-$1050

Never dust blinds again with between the glass blinds windows. Blinds can be raised and lowered using cords, magnets, or motors.

Pro: Dust free, modern look, kid and pet friendly

Con: Expensive, difficult to repair, limited styles

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