Getting new windows is more than just finding a style that looks nice. You need to consider function, efficiency, price, and maintenance. It can be a lot to take in. So here is a quick guide on some of the most popular styles of Long Beach, CA windows to help get things started.

Double and Single Hung Windows

Highly popular, these windows slide vertically to open. With single hung windows, one sash moves while the other is fixed. For double hung, both sashes are operable. They are easy to use and provide effective insulation. Double and single hung windows are also space savers, and do not protrude inside or outside your home. They are also one of the most affordable window styles on the market. That said, for both single and double hung windows you can only ever open half of a window for ventilation.

Casement Windows

These windows feature a sash hinged on one side that swings outward. You can operate the window with just one hand by using a crank. They allow you to have natural light and maximum ventilation. Casement windows are also a great option if you live in a windy area because as the window blows against the sash it only tightens the seal. The locks make these windows easy to secure, and because they open completely, they are also an easy escape route in case of an emergency. That said, casement windows have more moving parts and hardware that you need to maintain. Also, because it hinges to one side, casement windows are not very wide.

Awning Windows

These windows work best on the upper levels of your home. They hinge at the top and open outward, like an awning. They are easy to operate, but not as easy to clean. And while they do allow in ventilation while keeping rain out, these windows do protrude outside and will not work well along outdoor walkways or patios.

Picture Windows

These fixed windows can be almost any shape and size. Because they are non-operable, these windows are the most cost effective if you want to open up an expansive view. Picture windows provide ample natural light and can easily become the focal point of any room. But you also must remember you won’t get any ventilation unless you partner these with other types of operable windows. A common option is to flank a picture window with single hung windows on either side, that way you get the best of both worlds.

Horizontal Sliding Windows

Just as described, horizontal sliding windows have one sash that moves side to side on a track, overlapping with a fixed sash. These traditional windows provide excellent light and ventilation. They are also one of the more affordable window styles on the market:  easy to open, easy to clean, and easy to maintain. And like single and double hung windows, these do not protrude into the space of your home or outside. But again, you can only open half of the window at a time.

Bay and Bow Windows

These multi-section windows are a beauty to behold and will steal the show in any room. Typically bay windows have a non-operable center piece flanked by two operable windows. Bow windows are a series of four or more windows often set on a curve. They add square footage to your home, allow in tons of natural light, and are great for ventilation. But keep in mind they are more expensive and any breakdowns can require replacement of the entire unit.

Custom Windows

Can’t find what you are looking for? Customization is always an option. You can choose the material, style, shape, and color of your new windows in Long Beach, CA. Custom options will drive the price up quickly though, so make sure you know exactly what you want.

Call Seaport Windows and Doors to get Started

Purchasing new windows does not have to be stressful. With help from our professionals you get recommendations with your unique taste, needs, and budget in mind. These are exciting times in the industry with new products and features. With Seaport Windows and Doors, you always get cutting edge technologies at a fair price. Stop by 4201 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 or call 714-220-3939 to set up an appointment.