Window Shopping: How to Choose the Right Windows for Your Home

“My favorite journey is looking out the window.” - Edward Gorey

Windows open the inside to the outside world, making them an important feature in a home. But how do you choose the right ones? If you’ve been window shopping but can’t decide what’s right for your home, Trilogy can help. 

Types of windows 

Let’s start with the basics. While there are dozens of different kinds of windows out there, here are the Top 5 most common styles to consider. 

  1. Single Sash. These are one of the most common windows, with two glass panels arranged vertically. While only the bottom panel can move, it still provides ample airflow. 
    • Good for: Bathrooms, bedrooms, and budget-friendly designs
  2. Double Hung. Like single-sash windows, they have two glass panels hung vertically but both panels can move. 
    • Good for: Bathrooms, bedrooms, and homes with pets and children
  3. Casement. These windows swing outward like a door, allowing the user to open them by turning a hand crank. 
    • Good for: Hard-to-reach places like stairwells, and above doorways
  4. Sliding Sash. These windows consist of two horizontally mounted panels that move back and forth like sliding doors. 
    • Good for: Spots where a window is blocked by an object, kitchens, bedrooms
  5. Picture Window. Just like the name describes it, a picture window frames a view outside but does not open. 
    • Good for: Highlighting natural views from the home like mountains or rivers. 

Types of Panes

Not all window panes are created equal. There are single-pane and double-pane versions, with single-pane being the most common in older homes. While single-pane windows might be more economical, double-pane windows are a better investment long-term. Their dual layers of glass create a pocket of air between the two panes, improving energy efficiency by better insulating the home. They also help reduce outside noises and remove most condensation. In addition, dual-pane windows perform better in a wildfire and are less prone to shattering than single-pane windows.

Types of Frames

And though aluminum and metal window frames are lightweight, affordable, and nearly maintenance-free, because they conduct heat they are not ideal for insulation. Fiberglass and vinyl frames have air cavities that can be filled with insulation, making them perform better. Wood frames have a slightly lower performance than those and require more maintenance but still insulate well. 

Trending Now

One of the most popular windows on the market this year is the casement window. Because of their modern aesthetic, versatile form, and energy efficiency, these sleek styles from companies like Alpine Window are in demand. Because homeowners are still drawn to Farmhouse design, black windows like these from Milgard are a striking pick to add contrast to any home. And finally, visions of Italy have inspired Tuscan Windows to lend a bit of European flair. 

Brands We Recommend

“Trilogy uses a lot of Coeur d'Alene windows since they are a higher quality brand option,” says one of our trusted local window experts. “Trilogy orders products from Cascade as well, because there are a lot of requirements for homes within Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), and these windows are all pretty energy efficient.”

Another favorite: “Milgard windows. They have vastly superior quality, warranty, and workmanship.”

Although Milgard and Alpine are popular choices, they’re not the only options out there! There’s a science behind choosing the right windows for different projects. We consider where your home is, your elevation, and the level of quality you need for certain pieces of it. Then, we rely on experience and expertise to make an educated decision that checks all your boxes and fits in your budget.

As a custom home builder for the Ridge, Trilogy strives to provide our clients with the best possible selection for their new houses. From windows to lighting and more, we search for quality products and pass this knowledge on to you so you have everything you need to make the best choice for your home. Because at the end of the day, it’s your home, and we’ll always build it the way you want. If you’re interested in finding out more, contact Trilogy today. 

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