The Perfect At Home Atmosphere Starts With Windows
Tri County knows that creating the perfect atmosphere within your home begins with the windows. Too much light can impede indoor activities while too little can make a space seem confining. Allow us to help you make the right decision when choosing or modifying the windows for your home.
Double Hung Windows
A classic window solution, the double hung window is a very popular choice among homeowners. Unlike a single hung window, the double hung window features two window panes or “sashes” that move up and down, versus single hung windows where only the bottom pane is fitted for movement.
The double hung feature allows homeowners to choose between opening the top or bottom of the window and tilt them both in for cleaning. Reasons for not wanting to open the bottom sash include preventing small children or pets from falling out and becoming injured or facilitating the movement of fresh air throughout the home. Homeowners can also partly open both the top and bottom at the same time to provide a safe environment and allow for better circulation.
Some areas of your home may prevent certain window solutions. Casement and awning windows may impede foot traffic on walkways outside the home. Sliding windows offer plenty of light and the opportunity for full ventilation without compromising movement around the home.
Sliding windows are great solutions for most areas of a home. Tri County carries sliding windows that slide horizontally from both ends. If you want to open one side completely or slide both sashes to the middle of the frame, you can improve airflow and enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your home.
Similar to their cousin, the awning window, the casement window is one of the most popular styles. This window is distinguished by its ability to fit almost every space or need and allow for full window opening as the sash swings outward on a hinge to the left or right.
Casement windows are known for easy opening and the ability to fully open the window. Letting in fresh air is as easy as turning a handle in one smooth motion. Double or multiple casement windows in a row may be configured to open all in one direction or to open opposite one another like French doors.
Awning windows are similar to casement windows. They are the perfect solution for anywhere you need access to natural light and easy ventilation. Homeowners typically install this type of window in kitchens and bathrooms.
The window structure includes a top hinge that allows the window to tilt outward from the bottom. Unlike other window designs, the awning window can even be opened to allow in fresh air during a rainstorm. The tilting technology prevents rain from entering the interior of your home.
Hopper windows are well known for their use in basements. Basement areas without natural light can seem cave-like and dank. Hopper windows provide a solution that keeps out unwanted yard debris while allowing for ventilation and lighting. Perfect for any hard to light area, hopper windows are durable and affordable.
The construction of a hopper window features a bottom hinge that allows the top of the window to tilt inward. The result is an area of ventilation while the sash prevents unwanted dirt or mud from entering the home. When closed the windows are secure and prevent airflow and moisture, a must-have for any window solutions that are close to ground level.
Some spaces demand natural light and unobstructed glass to highlight both your home’s interior and exterior. When you don’t need a window that opens, the classic picture window is a perfect choice. Picture windows are exactly as their name suggests; they provide a visually pleasing snapshot to the outside world.
Picture windows are some of the most versatile windows on the market. They can be used on their own to highlight a certain area in the home or be used in conjunction with a number of other functional windows to create a panoramic view of the landscape.
Bay windows are in the same category as bow windows. The primary difference between the two styles is that bay windows feature three individual windows, two jutting out from the main wall at an angle and one connecting those horizontally.
They add a small amount of extra space to a home’s interior that makes a big impact. Bay windows allow for full light and an extended view to the home’s exterior. Ideal for a window seat, these window solutions are beautiful and classic.
Bow windows are sometimes called compass windows. They have been a popular architectural choice since the 1700s in Europe. Common bow window styles mimic the panoramic windows on old ships at sea. The design features an outward curve from the home with four or more individual windows. In contrast, bay windows only feature three.
This window option is perfect for allowing light to permeate an interior room and can provide an improved view of the home’s exterior. Bow windows are beautiful in older, more classic homes, but contemporary designs may also complement a modern home. The designs are completely customizable as bow windows feature several smaller windows which can be fixed or operable.
We offer a variety of window options for those unique arched, round, triangle and oval spaces to fit almost any space that requires natural daylight and energy efficiency. With our custom-order capabilities, you are in the best hands throughout the entire process when looking for specialty windows to fit your exact need!
Allow Tri County to make your home more energy efficient and beautiful! Give us a call today or request your free, no-obligation estimate and take advantage of the best quality products, installation and service available throughout Northern Virginia.
Garden windows are a popular way to provide easy access to plants while giving them the sunlight necessary to thrive. They are especially useful for plants that are sensitive to extreme heat or cold, or to grow herbs year round in a kitchen area.
Garden windows are often constructed like a small solarium, and rather than being covered with roofing, the top is also glass which allows for an abundance of sunlight. There are many different ways to configure a garden window to suit your needs.
Health Benefits to Natural Light
Did you know the amount of natural light in your home can have a lasting positive impact on your health? Architects have known for years that natural light can improve a home’s energy costs and is directly related to improvements in mood and overall wellbeing.
Natural lighting can also improve your sleep quality, energy levels, and even play a part in reducing bacteria and mold buildup in the home.
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