San Diego Window Choices

San Diego Window Choices

There is a wealth of San Diego windows to choose from. They can be new or chosen to replace an old window. The placement of a new window must be chosen with care. Even well insulated windows are a source of heat loss, and the more windows, the more heat loss. This means increased heating bills even in the gorgeous climate that San Diego enjoys. The homeowner must also be mindful of the orientation of the home and how much sun will come through a window throughout the year. Big, southern windows let in the most heat and light while small, northern windows San Diego let in indirect light but minimize heat loss during the winter. Here are some styles of basic San Diego windows a homeowner might be interested in:

Double Hung Windows

A double hung window is the type of San Diego window that’s found in many traditional homes. They have two sashes. One is the up or outside sash that moves down and the other is the lower or inside sash that moves in the grooves in the frame. The sashes are controlled by springs, weight or friction elements. In a double hung sash window only the bottom sash moves. Double hung windows are notorious for air leaks and don’t seal as well as casement windows.

Sliding Windows

Sliding windows San Diego slide horizontally in plastic or metal tracks. In a double sliding window both of the sashes move, but in the single sliding type only one moves. They are similar to double hung windows when it comes to infiltration and ventilation.

You can add trims to plain doors that will create the illusion of panels. PVC or wood trims should be matched to the doors material and so should the right construction adhesive. No one will know you did not buy a pricier door.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward from the bottom. They’re often installed near larger windows to help with ventilation or may be attractively grouped together. When the sash is opened, it also acts as an awning and keeps out the rain.

Hopper Windows

A hopper window opens the opposite of an awning window. They?re hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top. Hopper windows are often found in basements.

Fixed Glass Windows

Fixed glass windows can be purely decorative and are often found over doors as transoms. They can?t be opened but can come in many shapes. They?re especially pretty when fitted with leaded or stained glass.

Other Windows

Other windows are bay and bow windows. These are “pop-outs” and are excellent for illuminating breakfast nooks. Bay and bow windows can add a sense of drama to a living room or dining room. They can even come with their own roofs and window benches.

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